Glen Rock High School’s boys golf team is off to a winning start and, although the girls had yet to crack the win column entering this week, the team is showing marked improvement in its second year as a varsity program.
Coach Dan Morgan’s Panther boys, who compiled a 15-6 record in 2014, won three of their first four matches, with the loss by 154-174 to powerful Bergen Catholic on April 2. Senior Andrew Nappi, who averaged 40 for nine holes last season, is team captain and plays at No. 1. Thomas LaMacchia, the junior captain, fired a 38 in the second spot in the Bergen Catholic match and coach Morgan said showed leadership in that outing.
Freshman Min Jun Choi is teeing off at No. 3. He had a good day at Knickerbocker Country Club against Bergen Catholic, carding a 40 to match the score by his friend James Pak of Glen Rock who is a member of the Crusader team.
Morgan said junior Luke Visconti has demonstrated improvement at No. 4 and is shooting consistently in the 40s.
Five or six players are in the rotation for the fifth and sixth positions. Sophomores Alec Hall, Leo Pawlika, Michael Pesenti and Michael Blando and freshman Sagar Ohri are contending for spots.
Nick Evans is a first-year senior on the team bidding for a berth. He had played baseball previously.
The roster also includes freshmen Spencer Jeffries, James Harte and Chris Roddy.
The Panthers were NJIC Division 1 champions a year ago and placed in the top 15 in the Odell Nassar Bergen County team championships. Nappi and LaMacchia were both selected on the all-division first team, and Visconti received honorable mention.