KCHS golfers get back into the swing of things

WORTON — Kent County High School’s golf team did not win any matches and did not qualify anyone for the state tournament in 2023, but those aren’t the only criteria to measure success.

Just being able to field a full team is a biggie.

Led by coaches Jonathan Fitch and Kolyn Kirby, KCHS relaunched a program that folded in September 2018 — after just the second match of the season — because it had only one golfer. You need four to score as a team.

This year’s squad started with seven golfers and finished with eight, picking up sophomore Daniel Harris who competed as an exhibition entry.

Each of the seven who started the season — Ethan Clark, Logan Dean, Tucker Ervin, Jack Fry, Vic Vujanic, Landon Wallace and Jack Walters — played in at least one match.

Seniors Wallace (team MVP), Walters (outstanding sportsman) and Vujanic (Coach’s Choice) played in all nine matches and the district tournament.

Dean, also a senior, played in all but two of the regular-season matches.

Clark and Ervin each played in five matches.

Fitch said the Trojans improved throughout the season.

“Our performance was night and day from the first meet to the last meet,” he told The Evening Enterprise in an email.

The top three performers — Wallace (9-hole average of 54.0), Walters (56.89) and Vujanic (57.44) — “got more confident and comfortable as the season went along,” Fitch said.

As a team, the Trojans’ best effort was their home match at Chester River Yacht & Country Club on Sept. 26. Wallace and Vujanic both shot 49, nine strokes behind medalist Grant Ferrier of Kent Island, to help KCHS finish fourth among eight schools.

Kent County’s composite score was just two strokes behind third-place finisher Easton.

The end of the season for the Trojans came Oct. 9 at the Class 1A/2A District VIII tournament at the River Marsh Golf Course at the Hyatt Regency in Cambridge, the qualifier for the state tournament. 

This was their first 18-hole outing of the fall.

Wallace (102) and Walters (110) led the locals.

Kent County also sent out Dean (131), Vujanic (137) and Ervin (141).

As a team, Kent was 13th of the 17 schools — all from the Eastern Shore — that make up the district.

That place-finish moved Fitch to consider the season a success. 

“For a first-year program we were able to compete with some teams that have been together for four years,” Fitch said in the email.

Another mark of success?

Fitch believes there is enough interest in continuing the program, and he said he would “absolutely return as coach.”

In his season wrap-up, Fitch thanked Dan Philippon, the head golf pro at Chester River Yacht & Country Club, and the CRY&CC members for allowing the Trojans to practice at their course and host a home match there.

 

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