Last year, Newton North (5-1) freshman varsity golfer Brendan Ryan spent much of the season living in the shadow of his older brother T.J., who was the team’s No.1 as a junior.
After the pair’s one-two performance yesterday against Weymouth (0-6) at their home Weathervane golf course -- where T.J. shot an even 36 and Brendan a 1-over 37 to lead the tTgers to a 66.5-41.5 victory -- it may be time for the elder Ryan to give his brother a share of the limelight.
“He’s a good golfer and he’s always shown promise,” said Tigers’ coach Bob MacDougall. “Hopefully today he realizes how good he can be by shooting 1-over at a pretty difficult course, one he hasn’t seen before.”
As is often the case with athletically inclined siblings, the two are very competitive. Though T.J. was happier to come out the victor, MacDougall said he was proud of his younger brother’s performance.
“T.J. was very happy that he shot lower than Brendan, but I think deep down inside he was happy that Brendan shot so well,” said MacDougall. “They’re brothers, they compete. They don’t want to lose to each other but they’re happy when either one of them does well.”
Sophomore Mark Vrahas matched the younger Ryan’s 37 to help edge out the Wildcats.
Coach MacDougall said he is counting on his talented underclassmen, of whom Brendan and Vrahas are highlights, to keep Newton North near the top of the Bay State standings.
“We have a lot of promising young players, so for Brendan to do well it’s a boost,” said MacDougall. “I’ve got some other underclassmen who are performing well. We don’t rebuild, we reload.”
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