Randolph-Macon Academy Golf off to hot start

The Randolph- Macon Academy Yellow Jackets golf team is off to a hot start this spring.

The Yellow Jackets have won all five of their Delaney Athletic Conference matches and are 7-0 on the season.

“The team is playing good, consistent golf,” R-MA coach Bill Curl said. “We have no one playing exceptionally well, but they all compliment each other.”

After winning all four of their matches in March, the Yellow Jackets continued to roll in April by picking up three more wins.

On April 4, R-MA won a tri-match over Highland and Fredericksburg Christian School at their home course Shenandoah Valley Golf Club in Rockland.

R-MA came in with a 144 to Highland’s 163 and a 183 for FCS.

On April 10 R-MA traveled to Fauquier Springs Golf Club near Warrenton and notched a 135 to beat Highland’s 154 and St. Michael’s 202.

Last Wednesday the Yellow Jack- ets continued to roll at home with a 138 to beat Middleburg Academy’s 205.

Sophomore Jacob Karen from Winchester is leading the Yellow Jackets in scoring average at 45.75.

Senior Joseph Silek of Front Royal is playing No. 2 for R-MA and is averaging 45.75.

Freshman Connor Gamma of Darnstown, Md. plays at No. 3 and averages 50.75.

Senior Thomas Minchew from Winchester averages 49.5, but splits time with the baseball team and isn’t always available.

Other members of the team are Ian Mounts from Ashland, Ohio, Ben Kipjanski from Boston, Va., Mikayla Reifert from Manassas, and Emmett Heeg from Deerwood, Md.

In their last win against Middleburg Academy, Karen led the way with a 44 and Silek and Gamma followed with a pair of 47’s.

The schedule will about to get tougher for the Yellow Jackets as they will tangle with Wakefield School, the No. 2 ranked team in VISSA Division II golf.

“Wakefield won our conference last year and did not lose any players,” Curl said. “In fact, they picked up an additional team member who promises to crack their lineup in one of the top three positions.”

R-MA will also take on No. 8 ranked Trinity later this season.

“After looking at Trinity’s numbers thus far this season, we measure up pretty even with them,” Curl noted. “The next couple of weeks will determine the top three positions in the DAC. Our early numbers this season would place us in the top seven in the state in Division II.”

R-MA’s enrollment of over 160 males places them as a Division I school in the VISSA.

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