Wellesley High girls’ golf team teeing off on competition this spring

From recent Mass Bay All Star match. From left to right: Coach Ken Bateman, Mackenzie Grosso, Maggie McKenna, Kathy Fortin, and Anna Dailey.
From recent Mass Bay All Star match. From left to right: Coach Ken Bateman, Mackenzie Grosso, Maggie McKenna, Kathy Fortin, and Anna Dailey.

Nehoiden Golf Club at Wellesley College two days a week, but needs to use those days for matches, so doesn’t really get to practice there. It usually practices at McGolf in Dedham.

While the team’s record is similar to that of last year’s, Bateman says the players have gotten much better as a whole, with several shaving 6 to 8 strokes off their 9-hole scores.

The team still has some work to do this season: the South sectional is May 28, and if Wellesley finishes in the top 3 there, the state championship would await on June 3 (Hingham is the only team to have beaten Wellesley this season).

But looking further ahead, the team’s outlook is also bright considering its youth — there’s only 1 senior on the team. Junior Kathy Fortrin has been the team’s top player, showing consistency throughout the season (The Townsman named her as its Athlete of the Week this week). Freshman Anna Dailey has also been a team leader, and the much improved play from Mackenzie Grosso, Caroline Kelliher and Meredith Cheek has enabled the Wellesley High team to compete successfully week in and week out. “This team has been the best that I have coached in any sport,” Bateman says. “They help each other on and off the course.”