By John Anderson
Rich Lengieza came in as the new boys golf coach this fall, and he brought with him some solid coaching experience and a determination to make the golf program at Auburn High School the best it can be. He has previously coached both basketball and golf at the collegiate level, but high school programs come with their own challenges. As Lengieza told Auburn Mass Daily, “Summertime is the key.”
Many years ago, AHS students could play all summer at Pakachoag Golf Course for a minimal fee, and he hopes a junior program will be set up. Additionally, Lengieza would like to see a summer tournament using 6-8 area courses to help the regional teams.
Golfer’s Warehouse on Southbridge St. was very helpful this year in getting the team outfitted with bags, hats, and pullovers while Kris Lengieza, AHS Class of 2000, set up a go fund me page so alumni could make donations to help fund the team. Interested people can go to the page at www.gofundme.com/AHSrocketsgolf.
The Rockets finished the season 7-8-1 and did not qualify for the MIAA tournament as a team. The team is largely freshmen, and many are fairly new to the game.
Senior Jack Scavone, however, is not new to the game and qualified as an individual for the Central Division 2 Districts were he finished second with a score of 77. He was only one stroke off the winning score of 76 despite a triple bogey. Scavone finished with five birdies for the 18-hole round and qualified for the State Tournament for the second straight year.
Hopefully, progress will continue for this dedicated team, and more qualifiers are only a year or two away.