Matt Conti (’22) marks his ball during the Franklin Pierce Fall Invitational (image courtesy: Jim Stankiewicz)

The SNHU men’s golf team had a season to remember this fall. Taking first place in three of their five matches, it’s safe to say this team is going into the spring with vigor.

The team of eight has confidence, with each member a strong player. Five of the eight are selected to go to tournaments.

“Our biggest strength is that any one of the five [who go to matches] can win the tournament,” said golfer AJ Cavotta (’24).

Cavotta, the reigning NE-10 player of the week, is satisfied with the team that he is a part of this season.

“Our team is very good this year,” said Cavotta. “It’s a good group of guys who like each other. We had five tournaments and four individual winners; we have a lot of depth. We’re going to be even better in the spring.”

The team took third place at the NE-10 tournament, but senior captain Matt Conti (’22) believes that his team can only go up from here.

“We’ve had some underclassmen step up,” said Conti. “We are definitely happy with the expectations that we had set. We are confident going into regionals and, hopefully, nationals.”

With conference play finished for the year, the team has new goals going into the spring.

“First, we have to win regionals; that’s our goal right now,” said Cavotta. “If we win regionals, we’ll go to nationals. We’re just taking it one step at a time.”

While it is clear that the golf team is solid on the course, Conti believes that it’s what happens off the course that has led to success.

“Our team chemistry is really good…It helps because every player wants each other to do well,” said Conti.

Living in New England presents many obstacles for golfers. With playing outside being nearly impossible over the winter, these Penmen need to adapt and find ways to keep their game sharp for the spring.

“I’ll mostly play indoor golf…My swing coach back home [in Saratoga Springs, NY] has simulators, so I’ll practice with him. It’s not even close to being actual golf, but I will make the most of it,” said Cavotta.

Going forward, every aspect of the team’s game is going to be tested. Conti, being a leader and veteran of this team, has an important message that he wants his team to keep in mind.

“Keep it up,” Conti said. “We have been putting in a lot of work and I know that it will pay off when the time comes.”