“We thought the season was going to be a dull one after starting out 0-6,” agrees fellow junior co-captain Kyle Bushnell. “But after we got the first ‘W’, after the last match, we thought we could go on a run. And we ended up winning 10 out of the last 12 to get us over a .500 record and in the tournament.”
A big part of their success could be attributed to the team’s collective loose attitude.
“It’s all about the humor,” says team comedian and social director, sophomore Travis Koocher.
“We’re pretty goofy,” agrees Crowther. “We make golf pretty fun.”
“They’re silly, but when they’re on the golf course, they can turn to a point where they say, ‘Now, let’s take care of business,’” says Malenfant. “But they still enjoy it out there. They’re a talkative bunch both on and off the course. But I think that’s what kept them loose.”
With that goofiness came confidence and the will to win.
“We just thought, if we have a positive attitude coming into a match, then we could win it,” says Bushnell. “On the greens, we were talking about how we could beat these guys, and what points we had to get the win. Every match, we were able to accomplish that goal and get on a run.”
On Oct. 16, the Clippers assured themselves a tournament berth by beating North Reading on the road, 153-135.
“It was a pump-up ride,” Koocher says of the post-clinch bus trip home from North Reading. “We were heading back to my house for a little pasta party. We were all pumped up, and it was an overall fun season.”
Malenfant says he wants to stay away from the one-match-at-a-time cliche, but in the end, that was just what it took to get this team firing on all cylinders.
“Just winning one, it really was the monkey off their back,” assesses Malenfant. “I wasn’t thinking about next matches or anything like that. We’d just go out and play, honestly.”