WA golf team dominates opponents all season long


Kristen Su

Senior Cole Kirby putts the ball.

James McDermott, Co- Sports Editor

The Westford Academy golf team had an extremely successful season, finishing with an impressive 8-2 record, making it to states for the first time in six years, and ending the year as DCL champions. 

To cap off their historic season, WA won the DCL championships, led by junior Molly Smith (66), senior Morgan Smith (70), and senior Tom Wang (78), finishing 13 strokes ahead of the second-place team, Concord-Carlisle.

“The season went really well and everyone on the team is really supportive of one another,” sophomore Justin Davighi said, “Everyone pitched in to do their part to help the team win”.

Westford Academy had high hopes for what they could accomplish this year, but that does not mean there weren’t some bumps along the road. WA’s 8-2 record sounds dominant, but Westford Academy had to overcome two difficult losses to begin the season. 

“As a team, we were definitely not satisfied with how things were turning out in the regular season, and knew we had to change things up if we wanted to finish the season strong,” Molly Smith said. “So the team beared down and worked together heading into the state tournament, often practicing together outside of just team practices.”

After impressive performances by Molly Smith (74), Morgan Smith (79), Wang (82), Ryan Smith (82), Davighi (90), and senior Cole Kirby (94), Westford Academy was on its way to the state championships. 

The Ghosts fought through a great deal of adversity throughout the year to accomplish their goal of making it to states, and they made it happen.

“We are a very deep team, so I had confidence in all 17 members that if they were put into a match they would have been able to compete and come out winning,” Molly Smith said. 

WA finished as the 2nd place public school in the state of Massachusetts after battling through the rain at the state tournament. The challenge of the weather was nothing new to the resilient WA team after battling through adversity all year long. 

“Overall I am really proud of how the team performed this year, but also how we all became such good friends,” Molly Smith said, “As a junior, I hope this is a sign of what’s to come in the future”.