Cougar Golfers Embark on 2017 Season
Golf Team Hits the Course
The Cougars golf team has begun their 2017 campaign, competing in New England regional meets on a weekly basis since early April. Holyoke CC and fellow New England Region XXI teams take turns hosting golf meets at their respective home courses, with the Cougars calling Chicopee Country Club their home course.
With three very talented returning golfers from last year's team, the Cougars are optimistic and anticipate another exceptional season, as they had in 2016. Colby Manning (Springfield, MA / Sabis HS), who represented HCC at last year's NJCAA National Championship Tournament, is back to lead the way and looking to make a strong impact on the course. Manning finished sixth overall at last season's New England Championship Tournament, which was hosted by HCC at The Ranch Golf Club. Fellow second-year returners Michael Santinello (Westfield, MA / Westfield HS) and Jonny Taylor (Westfield, MA / Westfield HS) join Manning with enthusiasm and hopes of a season similar to the last. The Cougars are once again guided by the expertise of fifth-year head coach Chris Stoddard and the team welcomes six freshmen to this year's squad. Among the newcomers are Michael Vecchiarelli (Agawam, MA / Agawam HS), who was a member of HCC's men's basketball team, and Maija Lee Orovsky Nagels (South Deerfield, MA / Frontier Rgional HS), who is the first female golfer to play for the Cougars in the last four years.
Let's go Cougars!!
Photos: (Main) Colby Manning takes a shot during the New England championships in 2016. (Thumbnail) Mike Santinello swings from the fairway at The Ranch Golf Club in 2016.