Castleton’s golf team was in action this weekend at the Williams Invitational in Williamstown, Mass.
Senior Will Banfield led the Spartan’s to a 16th place finish at the invite. Banfield posted a first round score of 77 on the par 71 course and finished the second day with a score of 80, good enough to finish tied for 31st.
The Spartans’ top freshman, Bryan Fitzgerald, had a strong showing after his win last week at the Vermont State Championships. In Fitzgerald’s first round he shot an 80 and with a final round score of 81. He finished tied for 45th. Daniel Hogan, Cameron Wood, and Dominick Maniery all played good rounds, shooting first round scores of 82, 86, and 95 and second round scores of 89, 93, and 92 respectively.
The success this year so far for the golf team doesn’t come as a surprise to their coach.
Bill Bowes is in his first year here at Castleton, and he attributes all the successes of the golf team to the player’s ability to stay focused and play well.
“Every player play’s as good as they can and improves,” he said.
The team does have more coaching though, according to Bowes.
“The golf pro at Rutland golf club, Greg Nelson” Bowes said, “is also our assistant coach. Nelson has been a great for us.”
Golf isn’t Bowes first love though.
“Golf is more for leisure,” Bowes said. “Hockey is my sport.”
In fact before coming to Castleton, Bowes coached hockey for years at schools such as Holy Cross, Wentworth, and Assumption. Bowes also was on the Massachusetts state champion hockey team, Auburn high school, when they beat Arlington high school at the Boston garden in 1973.
Nonetheless, Bowes is now the golf coach at Castleton, and when asked which player is number one, Bowes simply stated they all are.
“Any one golfer could win any one match.”