Golf - Coed 1st Team
Golf - Coed 1st Team
The Brooks golf team competes in the independent school league (ISL).
Brooks golfers practice at two local private courses:
Renaissance Golf Club in Haverhill opened in 2006 and is a spectacular Brian Silva design. At 7,161 yards from the tips, the course is one of the most challenging layouts in New England. Renaissance also features a world-class practice facility, which Brooks golfers use to hone their skills. The practice facilities include a dedicated short game area with three green complexes and several greenside and fairway bunkers; a practice range; and multiple putting greens with chipping and bunkered areas.
North Andover Country Club is only a few minutes from campus and provides a very different sort of challenge. The 9-hole course that overlooks Lake Cochichewick first opened for play in 1909. True to the design styles of the time, the course isn't overly long and has very small and severely sloped greens, placing a premium on accuracy off the tee and a deft short-game touch.
In recent years, the team has garnered individual and collective accolades. In 2021, Payne Plum ’23 played in the #1 position and had a strong match-play record of 8-5-3. The team picked up wins against powerhouse programs including Phillips Andover and Milton Academy. At the ISL year-end Kingman stroke-play tournament, the team finished 5th out of 14 teams. Jack McDermott ’23 shot a 75, tying for 4th and earning All-ISL status. Mason Malouf ’25 closed with a 77 and was one shot out of earning all-league honors. The team also came in second in the vote for the Moonves Sportsmanship Award.
Looking back to the years prior to the pandemic, in 2017 and 2018, Nick Li ’19 earned all-ISL honors and would go on to play for Trinity College. His teammate Rylan McGinn ’19 would earned a spot on Bowdoin's varsity squad. The 2016 team was awarded the Moonves Sportsmanship Award, the second time Brooks has received the award since 2012. In the spring of 2012, Johnny Gratton ’13 was named Boston Globe League MVP and the team won the ISL Sportsmanship Award. In 2013 Gratton earned league MVP honors a second time, and in the summer of 2013, he qualified for the US Amateur at the Country Club.
Competition in the ISL follows a match-play format, with the exception of the Kingman Tournament, which is stroke play.
Dan Callahan is the director of communications at Brooks. A native of Hingham, Mass., and a graduate of St. Mark’s School, Dan holds a bachelor’s degree from Connecticut College and a J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law. Prior to coming to Brooks, Dan was director of external affairs at Suffield Academy, where he coached soccer, golf and alpine skiing. Dan started the golf program at Brooks in 2012.