Strength in numbers will be key for the Brookline boys golf team this fall as a deep top of the lineup will look to build off a solid 2010 campaign.
Bill Camelio has what he thinks will be a top four core of players that will rival any in the Bay State Conference this season. Jack Cochran, James Wronoski, Jacob Dana, and Geoff Hodgkins will look to rack up the bulk of the points to get Brookline back into the hunt as the best team in the state this season. Wronoski is the defending state individual champion.
Cochran is the captain this season and for Camelio he will be a sort of coach on the course when the matches aren’t going on.
“He's the leader of that team verbally and probably heart and soul wise as well,” said Camelio.
Wronoski burst onto the scene last year as a sophomore as the quiet standout, posting a 70 at Longmeadow Country Club to pace the rest of the state. Wronoski and Cochran will probably rotate between the No. 1 and No. 2 positions during the season depending on matchups, and this combination will rival the top duos in Eastern Mass.
Dana and Hodgkins add much needed depth, and could easily step in at the top spots according to Camelio.
“(Dana) is a very consistent player,” Camelio said. “He plays a nice game and knows the game very well. He has great anticipation out on the golf course and he knows how to win.”
The surprise of the season could be Hodgkins, not to Camelio, but to the rest of the Bay State.
“He’s a very, very quiet kid. He gives you a nice smile and continues to play,” Camelio said. “But the kid has been shooting lights out in tryouts and in a couple of practice rounds. He runs six, seven or eight pars in a row and he may throw a bogey and then another couple pars in a row. He goes under the radar and he’s going to surprise some people this year.”
The top three for the Warriors finished 1, 2, 3 in the standings for the clubhouse championship at Putterham over the summer, and having that fourth is something that will be very big towards gaining wins this season.
“The fourth player is a godsend,” Camelio said, “because it could potentially be automatic points.”
The team will move back to The Country Club this season, and Camelio has no transition worries for the team as most of his players have the ability to play the course during the summer months.
Depth will be put to the test in the Bay State this season, and the Warriors may be the ones holding the right amount of it.