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Boyle Hopeful Hole-in-one Can Spark the Indians to Successful Season
Written by Bradley Schlegel Staff Writer
Brett Miller, a sophomore, fired a team-low 44 for Upper Perkiomen during its season-opening match against Owen J. Roberts.

                Anthony Boyle didn't think he would ever notch a hole in one, figuring he was facing odds of 12,000-to-1 against him. So when he accomplished the feat during an inter squad scrimmage on Aug. 18, the Upper Perkiomen senior reacted with incredulity.

                "It was an unbelievable feeling," Boyle said. "I didn't believe it happened."

                As soon as Boyle's tee shot on the 130-yard, par 3 No. 4 hole at Macoby Run rolled into the cup, he dropped his club, according to head coach John Brittain.

                "Anthony was stunned," said Brittain, who compared getting a hole-in-one to winning the lottery, with a little more control.

                John Brittain, the team's head coach, called it the kind of shot you see on television. He said the shot, which landed 18 inches from the pin and rolled into the cup, seemed immediately destined for the hole.

                "It was perfect," Brittain said.

                Boyle hopes the shot will help motivate the Indians to improve on their 1-7 performance in the Pioneer Athletic Conference (1-9 overall) last season.

                "We'll see how it comes out," he said. "That's what it felt like to me."

                The Indians lost two of their initial three matches of the season. They dropped a 208-232 match to visiting Owen J. Roberts on Aug. 24. Brett Miller, a sophomore, shot a team-best 44 in nine holes.

                Four days later, they posted a one-stroke victory over Brandywine Heights in a non-league match at the Butter Valley Golf Port. Joe Greco fired a team-low 38, while Boyle, Miller and Matt Sitko each shot 45.

                On Tuesday, they fell 185-226 to visiting Methacton. Anthony Boyle and Macauley Swenk each fired a six-over par 42 to pace Upper Perkiomen.

                Brittain identified Boyle and Greco, a pair of seniors, and Miller as the team's top players in the early going .

                "At this point, we do not have a true No. 1 player," the coach said. "I may end up throwing a lot of guys in that spot until someone emerges."

                According to Brittain, the Indians dual match success will likely rely on the balance of the team which includes sophomores Deion Doperak and Swenk, juniors Jarek Svanson and Cory Aldinger, freshman Zach Rosanski and senior Addisen Miller.

                "This team is loaded with guys who could shoot between 38 and 48," the coach said. "When they shoot 38, we have a chance to be competitive. When they shoot 48, we're not beating anybody."

                According to Brittain, Miller has the mentality and the game to eventually become a No. 1 player.  "Brett has a phenomenal short game," Boyle said. "He leaves all of his chips within five or 10 feet of the hole, and one- or two-putts almost every time."

                The coach described Greco as a long hitter off the tee, adding that his improved short game has led to lower scores.

                "Joe plays a power game," Brittain said. "He knows where the ball is going."

                Boyle, who reported adding between 25 and 50 yards off the tee this season, is still waiting for the extra work he put in this summer on his chipping and putting around the green to pay off. He admitted those struggles have held his game back this season.

                "I get close, but I can't pull it all together," said Boyle who hits his irons well. "There are holes and rounds when I figure it out, but sometimes something doesn't click when I get to the short game."






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