What to expect this spring in PHS girls golf

By BRIAN JENNINGS

STAFF WRITER

Head Coach—Mario Pires, entering 2nd season.

Overall Coaching Record—3-11.

Assistant Coaches—N/A.

2016 Regular Season Record—3-11 (1-6 home, 2-5 away).

2016 CCC South Region Record—2-6 (4th/5 teams).

2016 CCC Tournament—N/A.

2016 Girls Championship—DNQ as team; Taylor Rogers, T13th/97, 84 (+12).

Graduated (5 seniors)—Mackenzie Litke (No. 4), Tessa Perreault, Taylor Rogers (No. 1, captain), Jamilex Rosado-Rivera (No. 2), and Sarah Yorski (No. 3).

2017 Team Captain:

Haylie Garrison—Sophomore, No. 1.

Pires—Varsity starter all season as a freshman. Great student of the game.

Other Key Returners:

Arianna Payne-Broderick—sophomore.

Pires—Potential starter. Returning player. JV player last season.

New Additions:

Jessica Royce—Junior.

Pires—Potential starter. Great potential.

Faith Healey—Sophomore.

Pires—Potential starter. Great potential.

Alexia Sirois—Freshman.

Pires—Potential starter. Great potential.

The Observer asked Mario Pires the following questions about the upcoming season:

Observer—What were your overall thoughts about last year? What did the team/program accomplish or gain?

Pires—Fundamentals are the key to consistency, and that was accomplished through deliberate practice.

Observer—What are the keys to having a successful team/program for the upcoming season?

Pires—Deliberate practice of the fundamental golf swing will prepare and improve every player on the team, no matter their skill level.

Observer—What are the team’s strengths?

Pires—This is a young squad that is eager to learn the game and motivated to improve their skill sets as a team.

Observer—What stands out or is different, interesting, and unique about this team?

Pires—They know how to joke around and have become students of the game in the short time I’ve worked with them.

Observer—What does the team have to work on or improve most to be prepared for the upcoming season?

Pires—The team is made up almost entirely of beginners to the sport, so learning the fundamentals of the golf swing and good course management is key to their success.

Observer—Are there any other major changes from last year, either to the league, schedule, team, or program in general?

Pires—Five of eight players from last season graduated, and there are three returning players with nine new members.

Observer—Why should people follow the team?

Pires—This is a young, energetic group that has the potential to develop as a strong, competitive team for this season and the future.

Observer—If you had to headline the upcoming season, what would it be?

Pires—Plainville High School girls golf: a young swing is a powerful thing.

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