Friday, September 1, 2023

Windham High golfers set sights at 2023 prep title

By Ed Pierce

One of the greatest golfers of all time, Jack Nicklaus, believed that confidence is the most important factor in the game of golf, and he said no matter how great your natural talent is, there is only one way to obtain golfing success, and that is to work at it. Entering this new season, members of the Windham High School coed varsity golf team have been getting ready to showcase their skills and make a serious run at distinguishing themselves out on the links in 2023.

Windham junior Fiona Harmon lines up a putt during the 
Cass A Individual Schoolgirl Golf Championships at 
Natanis Golf Course in Vassalboro last season. Harmon
is expected to be one of the top players for Windham's
coed golf team this year. 
Windham Varsity Golf Coach Adam Manzo said that members of the team started practicing Aug. 14 at Riverside North Golf Course in Portland and are talented and eager to get the season under way.

Members of the 2023 WHS Varsity Golf Team include seniors Brady Harvie and Nathan Jordan; juniors Joe Donnelly, Fiona Harmon, Addison Profenno, and Ben Shaw; sophomores Josh Logan and Devin Zachary; and freshman Bradyn Woodward.

According to Manzo, the most difficult aspect as a coach in preparing for a new golf season is getting the team prepared to compete in a short amount of time.

“Our season is incredibly short, so it is imperative that the kids use the summer to prep for the upcoming high school golf season,” Manzo said. “This season, I feel the kids did a nice job on their own over the summer and came in ready to compete.”

He said that Windham is returning a solid core of players from last year’s squad, and he fully expects this team will be a handful and be highly competitive.

The top returning golfers for Windham are Brady Harvie, a senior, and Fiona Harmon, a junior. Harvie was a 2nd Team SMAA selection last season and Harmon finished third overall in the Class A Individual Schoolgirl Championship last season, just 2 strokes away from winning the title. Promising newcomers on the team are Josh Logan, a sophomore), Bradyn Woodward, a freshman, and Devin Zachary, a sophomore.

The regular season for Windham began with a match against Westbrook High School at Sunset Ridge Golf Links in Westbrook on Wednesday, Aug. 29 and the Eagles came away with a 13-0 win.

Manzo said the team will compete in matches throughout September with the SMAA Individual and Team qualifier to be held Oct. 2. If Windham or any team members play well enough to qualify individually, the Class A State Championship will be held Oct. 7 at Natanis Golf Course in Vassalboro.

“I want the kids to have the same take-away as they do every year, progress and improve throughout the season with the goal of qualifying multiple individuals as well as the team qualifying to compete in the state championship,” Manzo said. “It ends up being a one day, 18-hole shootout, and I think we have as good of a chance as any other team.”

Windham’s 2023 JV Golf Team plays and practices at Riverside South Golf Course in Portland.

The JV Golf Team is coached by Brody Artes and team members this year are sophomores Brody Lewis, Nolan McPhail, Carter Mahieu and Aidan Tweedie; and freshmen Matthew Biggs, Braden Childs and Wyatt Richards. <

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