Northampton golf takes down Ludlow to finish regular season undefeated

  • Northampton senior Camille Richmond putts to finish her round on the ninth green Thursday at Northampton Country Club. The Blue Devils defeated Ludlow 21½-2½ to finish the regular season unbeaten. STAFF PHOTO/KYLE GRABOWSKI

  • Northampton sophomore Galen Fowles, the match co-medalist, putts Thursday at Northampton Country Club. The Blue Devils defeated Ludlow 21½-2½ to finish the regular season unbeaten. GAZETTE STAFF / KYLE GRABOWSKI

  • Northampton’s Jack Mattison Gulotta putts on the fourth green Thursday at Northampton Country Club. The Blue Devils defeated Ludlow 21½-2½ to finish the regular season unbeaten. STAFF PHOTO/KYLE GRABOWSKI

  • Northampton freshman Reilly Fowles, the match’s co-medalist, chips out of the bunker on the sixth hole Thursday at Northampton Country Club. The Blue Devils defeated Ludlow 21½-2½ to finish the regular season unbeaten. STAFF PHOTO/KYLE GRABOWSKI

Staff Writer
Published: 10/14/2021 8:17:34 PM

NORTHAMPTON — Reilly Fowles’ ball sat a foot from the fourth hole at Northampton Country Club.

The Northampton freshman launched it there from the bunker on the right side of the green.

“I know these bunkers pretty well. Not very proud of that fact, but I know them well,” Fowles said. “I knew just how that was going to come out of there, so I hit a nice spinning shot.”

Northampton sophomore Galen Fowles didn’t let his little brother admire the shot for long. His shot from the fairway landed over the green, so he had to chip back on. Galen Fowles’ shot hit Reilly Fowles’, sending little brother scooting down the green and leaving big brother in prime position.

“I was trying to hit that well left of the pin so that if it went too far it was just off the green buts still on top,” Galen Fowles said. “Kind of pushed it and then got super lucky.”

Thankfully no harm, no foul among the Fowles. Galen Fowles got to keep his ball where it landed – very close to the pin – and Reilly Fowles’ ball was returned to where it was before it was displaced.

“I’ve never seen that before,” Reilly Fowles said. “I’ve been playing pretty much my whole life, and I’ve never seen anything like that happen. It was kind of crazy.”

It was that kind of round for the Fowles brothers Thursday against Ludlow at Northampton Country Club. The Blue Devils No. 1 and No. 2 players shared the match medalist honors with a 34 each, and Northampton beat Ludlow 21½-2½ to finish the regular season undefeated at 17-0.

“It’s exhilarating. Everybody on the team has worked so hard,” said Northampton senior captain Camille Richmond, who plays No. 5. “I was so privileged to be a part of this wonderful team.”

Galen Fowles birdied the first and sixth hole and bested Ludlow’s Jason Tomino 4-0 at No. 1. Reilly Fowles had birdies on No. 1 and No. 3. He hit the flag stick on No. 7, dropping the approach shot right into the cup. It was the second hole in a row he hit the flag. His shot on No. 6 dropped within a love tap.

“On seven, to be honest, I hit that a little too hard, but I was happy the pin saved me there,” Reilly Fowles said.

He took down Ryan Kurtz 4-0 at No. 2.

The Fowles brothers have played together all season in the first foursome in match play. They’re relishing the opportunity since they haven’t been in the same age group for their summer seasons for a long time despite being just one school class apart.

“It makes it all way easier for me and takes the pressure off a little bit,” Reilly Fowles said. “It’s a lot of fun.”

Evan Yurko prevailed 2½-1½ over Eric Croteau at No. 3, and Jack Mattison Gulotta won 4-0 over Hunter Asta-Ferrero at No. 4.

At No. 5, Richmond swept Aaron Picard 4-0. She’s stepped into more of a leadership role this season as one of two seniors and captains even though she’s playing closer to the back of the lineup. Richmond was the Blue Devils’ No. 1 as a sophomore but had no problem making room for the next generation.

“It’s been a privilege. It hasn’t been difficult to step back and give these young kids a chance to take that spot and run with it,” she said. “Shooting 32s and 33s, it’s been fun to be a part of the team and see the top players take those opportunities.”

Ben O’Connor closed out the Northampton victory beating Brice Perreira 3-1 at No. 6.

With the regular season in the hole, the Suburban East league champion Blue Devils will turn their attention to the Western Massachusetts Division 1 championship Monday at Tekoa Country Club in Westfield. Northampton hasn’t won a sectional title since 1956 when individual champion Morgan Parsons led the Blue Devils to the title. Northampton golfers have won three individual WMass titles: Morgan Parsons in 1956, Al Parsons three years later in 1959 and Mitch Alexander in 1962.

“We can achieve great things with focus, practice and determination,” Richmond said.

Kyle Grabowski can be reached at kgrabowski@gazettenet.com. Follow him on Twitter @kylegrbwsk.


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