Senior co-captain Brendan Crowther is the best golfer the Newburyport Clippers have ever seen; at least he was last week when he shot a school-record 40 points at Topsfield’s New Meadows Golf Club.
“I was 2-under par,” said Crowther. “So I knew I had a good day on my hands. But coming off the ninth hole, I didn’t think that I had the best. I’ve shot 38 before, but 40 is just a different feeling.”
One might think this 18-year-old has been sleeping and eating golf since he was in diapers, but nothing could be further from the truth. Until his freshman year at NHS, Crowther was all-baseball-all-the-time. But he found golf as a social opportunity, and then his life changed.
“I found that I like playing it more than baseball and hockey,” Crowther said of the gentlemen’s game. “It keeps me calm. I can just go out on the course at any time and clear my thoughts.”
Crowther made the golf team as a freshman, but things didn’t go quite as planned.
“In his freshman year, he kind of struggled,” Clippers coach Steve Malenfant said of his player. “What he needed was more confidence than anything else. Then he just kept working at the game. Meanwhile, he had stopped playing hockey and baseball and focused on golf. He became a better golfer in his sophomore year. Then in his junior year, he just came into his own.”
Not only did Crowther come into his own, he excelled, coming in first place in Eastern Mass. Division 3 North Championships, and eventually ended up coming in fourth in the state, shooting a 77.
“It was surreal,” Crowther said of the D3 State Finals. “I made it into the clubhouse, and I knew I had a good day. But when I started to see that my score still came up on the leaderboard when everyone else came in, I was speechless. But that’s what’s so good about golf; anyone can go out there and just light it up.”