Brewster held its first-ever Brewster Varsity Golf vs. Bobcat Nation event at Lake Winnipesaukee Golf Club last month. Organizer Byron Martin, the golf team coach, dubbed it “The Bobcat Shamble,” and paired his student players with faculty and staff golfers by handicap.
“So far this trimester, all of our matches have had to be cancelled,” he explained. “The kids have been working and preparing hard, so I thought we could give them a match, playing against seven golfers from our faculty and staff.” This year’s varsity golf team includes Colin Clark ’21, Jack Guttman ’23, Sean Keady ’22, Matt Harding 21, Will Budnik ’23, Luke Hadley ’21, and Ryo Yamamura ’24.
“The shamble was awesome,” said Hadley of Belmont, Mass., despite admitting he did not play his best game against history teacher TJ Palmer. “It was a great way to end the season and it was fun to see faculty members not in teacher mode.”
Teammate Yamamura of Shinjyuku-ku, Japan, said it was “intimidating, just a little” to play with Chief Technology and Operations Officer Peter Gilligan, but that the Shamble was one of his favorite moments of the season.
Martin, who has been Brewster’s golf coach for 25 years, said the day of the Shamble was perfectly beautiful. “It was our last week at Lake Winnipesaukee Golf Club. And they have been very generous hosting us, so they deserve a big thank you,” he said.
Students added that the thanks also goes to their coach. Hadley shared that for him, the best part of the sport is simply hitting a great shot: “It just feels so good the way the ball comes off the club. Coach Martin said ‘play conservative.’ Since then, I have learned to not be so rambunctious in my swing and shots. It took me awhile, but I learned to slow down my swing and keep my head straight and it improved my swing a lot.”
Yamamura, whose swing has also improved under Martin’s tutelage, said just being out on the course and enjoying the game is the highlight of the sport for him.
Maria Found was one of the faculty members who ambled to the Shamble. “There is something special about being able to be out there on the course, playing against our students in a friendly competitive game of golf,” she said. “Any chance to get to know our students outside the classroom is an opportunity to build relationships, which is so important at Brewster. Margaret Martin and I were competing against Jack Guttman and Will Budnik, and the back-and-forth made for an exciting afternoon, surrounded by the incredible foliage colors along the course. Thanks goes to Coach Byron for hosting!”
“It was a fun, competitive match,” Coach Martin reported, adding that he’d like to make the Bobcat Shamble an annual event. Although the students ultimately bested the faculty/staff players, the elder duffers held their own well. Standouts included Margaret Martin, TJ Palmer, and Craig Gemmell (who took the long ball contest). Colin Clark ’21 earned closest to the pin honors.
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