His list of golf accomplishments stretches three pages long.
He’s Andrew Fecteau, senior at Triton.
With Andrew on board, the Triton golf team has absolutely dominated the Cape Ann League rolling to 27 straight league wins, going back 2 ½ years, while being CAL champions the last two seasons.
Triton third year golf coach Rich Dube suspects that Andrew’s temperament is key. “He not only is talented but he has a calm disposition that helps in golf. He could put a bad shot behind him”
Coach Dube told me that the best round he ever saw Andrew play was recently in the Division 2 North Sectionals at Far Corner when he shot a one under par 71 to finish second.
Andrew claims that he first picked up a club when he was about 1 ½ years old. “My dad (Michael) cut down normal clubs and put the grips on them because I always broke the plastic ones.”
Andrew’s dad learned how to play golf from his brother Phil who is now the head golf coach at Division 2 Pfeiffer College in North Carolina.
Therefore, as Andrew grew up playing golf at Rowley Country Club with his dad he could watch a good golfer in action. When Andrew reached high school age, they switched to playing at Ould Newbury because that was where the high school matches were played.
“I played golf for fun when I was younger,” recalled Andrew of his times at RCC. “I never really practiced at the facilities there. I would probably be a better golfer now if I’d taken the sport more seriously back then.”
Andrew’s interest and abilities in other sports (basketball and baseball) have kept him active away from golf. He played basketball as a freshman and sophomore and told me that he may show up for tryouts on December 1st. He is also solidly entrenched in baseball and returns there as the starting catcher.
Therefore, for him to get “serious” about golf involved extra work in the summer. “The last two summers I have really worked at golf,” said the Newbury resident. “I practiced a lot and I lifted weights. Every day I’d hit balls for probably two hours. It paid off as I started to hit the ball real well and won a couple of tournaments this past summer.”
Andrew is not sure about his future in golf. He is certain, however, that he wants to go to college in the South where the weather is warm. His first choice is Duke and the National Honor Society member has applied for early admission – “I visited there and loved the atmosphere.”
Golf could well take a backseat at Duke although Andrew expects he will still play a lot privately and possibly try to be a walk-on to the golf team his sophomore year.
Until Andrew heads off to college, his most competitive golf could well be with his father at Ould Newbury. “I probably should let him win,” joked Andrew, “but I can’t. It’s very competitive. Last time I played him was in the club championship (which Andrew won). I’ve enjoyed being his partner in father/son tournaments.”
( Appeared in The Town Common November 19th )