By Nick Curcuru Sports Editor
Gloucester Daily Times
---- — The Gloucester golf team may have had a tough regular season, but that didn’t stop No. 1 player Curtis Quinn from putting up low scores match after match.
Quinn, a junior, had his stellar 2012 season and was recognized by the Northeastern Conference this week as he was a unanimous selection for Golfer of the Year in the NEC Small. Teammate Jesse Francis joined Quinn on the NEC Small All Star team while Gloucester and Marblehead split the conference Sportsmanship Award.
“I know a lot of coaches were jealous when I told them Curtis was only a junior,” Gloucester golf coach Brian Goulart said. “He had a really great season, and he’s especially tough at our home course, Bass Rocks. He’s just so steady in all facets of the game.”
The Fishermen junior was nothing short of dominant this fall on the links posting a 12-2 match play record while facing the best player each opponent had to offer. Bass Rocks was a big home course advantage for the junior as he frequently flirted with even par on the East Gloucester course, the same course where he finished third in the Bass Rocks Open this summer while playing against far more experienced men.
In the NEC Open Quinn also shined shooting an 82 at Kernwood Country Club in Salem good for 4th place out of 24 players in the tournament.
Quinn also qualified for the MIAA Division 2 North State Qualifier, which was held Monday at Far Corners Golf Course in Boxford. In tough conditions, a wet course and high winds, the entire field struggled to put up a low number. Quinn finished the round with an 88 coming up just shy of qualifying for the state finals. The state qualifier was stroke play format, Gloucester had played a match play format all season in the NEC.
“It’s tough for players to flip a switch and go to stroke play after playing two months of match play, they are entirely different games,” Goulart said. “But it was a good experience for him. He will continue to work on his game this summer with Junior tournaments leading to next years season. He was a great leader for us this season and he was easily the Player of the Year in the conference.”