Hornet golfers knock off unbeaten K-Kids
Brian Davies saw it coming four years ago.
He had a class of talented freshman golfers and predicted that in a few years, his team would be in the mix for league and district titles.
Last season the Konkrete Kids went 18-3 overall and 13-2 in Eastern Pennsylvania Conference matches. They finished in second place in the league standings and were one of the four teams competing for the District 11 Class 3A team title, which was won by Liberty. Northampton finished as the runner-up in the district team tournament.
This season the team is on a similar path. It was undefeated before a loss to Emmaus last week and will almost certainly be one of the four teams competing for the district team title in a few weeks.
“It’s been a fantastic year,” said Davies. “We had our senior day [last week vs. Emmaus]. I was telling [the seniors] I remember when these guys came in as ninth graders and we only won four matches. I told them if we stick to it, we’re going to turn it around.
“Each year they’ve been improving. Last year we only lost twice. This year we only lost one. And it’s always to teams at the top.”
The Kids (15-1 overall; 13-1 EPC) gave Emmaus a (14-1, 14-0) good run last Wednesday at Woodstone Golf Club. The difference in the match was Emmaus sophomore Michelle Cox, who shot a medalist score of 73, beating the Kids lowest score by six strokes as her team won the match by seven strokes, 407-414.
The rest of the Hornets top-five included Aiden LeBlanc (79), Mitch Machulsky (83), Matt Zerfass (85) and Luke Lanzone (87).
Northampton was led by Nate Wheeler (79), followed by teammates Andrew Kovalchik (80), Andrew Hozza (82), Devon Britton and Ryan Kovach.
“Emmaus is always a really tough team,” said Davies. “They have a great program. It’s a really big hill to climb.
“I think we shot near our average and Emmaus shot better. That happens sometimes, especially when they have a player like Michelle who shoots 73. If you take her out of it we’re very even.”
Northampton will get a couple chances at revenge. The league tournament is scheduled for Tuesday at Woodstone, Northampton’s home course. Two weeks later, the District 11 Championships will be contested for individuals and teams. The Kids will likely be part of that field and with Emmaus limited to a five-player team with four scores counting, things could get closer under the different format.
“We’ll look to have payback when it comes to leagues and districts,” Davies said.