Jaguars win conference title after 19-0 regular season
After an undefeated regular season and a victory in the Blue Hen Conference Tournament, the Appoquinimink High School golf team placed second at the state tournament May 29 and 30 at Odessa National Golf Club.
Tower Hill won the state tournament with a 527, while Appoquinimink carded a 548 and Archmere finished with a 549 in third place.
Matt Pulgini led Appoquinimink with a 73 and a 77 for a two-round total of 150, finishing in seventh place. Other low scores for the Jaguars were:
Frankie Markiewicz with a 77-75-152 in 10th place,
Tyler Mayhew with an 82-87-169 in 36th place,
Nick Stephenson with an 84-86-170 and Will Haskell with a 90-80-170 in a tie for 37th place,
John Dickerson with a 91-89-180 in 53rd place.
The Jaguars had six golfers make the cut and play both rounds, tied with Tower Hill for the most of any school.
Team scoring is calculated by taking the scores of each team’s top four golfers from the first round and then the team’s top three scores from the second round.
Jaguars finish regular season 19-0
For the first time in the golf program’s history, Appo swept through the regular season undefeated with a 19-0 record that included a victory over eventual state champion Tower Hill.
“The key to success this year was definitely experience,” said Coach Craig Ford. “We were very senior laden with my top eight being all seniors. We were in a ride or die situation this year and we rode it as far as we could. When we beat Tower Hill at their home course of Bidermann Country Club by two strokes it was a definite confidence builder for the rest of the season. We knew that they were a strong team and definitely the team to beat in states.”
At the Blue Hen Conference Championship, the Jaguars dominated the competition, winning the title by 39 strokes over Concord May 23 at Frog Hollow Golf Club.
“We shot a team record 306 and were riding high heading into states,” said Ford.
Although Esther Park from A.I. du Pont won the tournament, Pulgini placed second for Appo and all six Jaguar golfers were named to the All-Conference team and finished in the top 15.
“Matt was definitely the undisputed leader of our team,” said Ford. “His work ethic and natural ability to play golf make him a leader. The thing about Matt is that he never gets frazzled by what is going on around him. His focus is like nothing I’ve ever seen before which is going to make him very successful.”
Ford said the team was strong throughout the lineup.
“With Matt solidified as our number one golfer, Tyler Mayhew was undoubtedly our second best golfer followed very closely by Frankie Markiewicz. Rounding out our four through six golfers were John Dickerson, Nick Stephenson, and Will Haskell,” said Ford. “We even had two other seniors that played a very integral part with our success this year and could have been the top golfer for many other teams: Jeff Cooper and Dunovan Ivory.”