Boys' Varsity Golf
Harley Fish Roberts started the Taft golf program in 1901 when he laid out the original nine-hole course on campus. Since those early beginnings, golfers at Taft have enjoyed playing their home course and have completed many fine seasons. Today the Watertown Golf Club has been transformed from its original 9-holes to an 18-hole championship course that plays host to all home Taft matches and the Connecticut Golf Association’s Junior Amateur Championship. Coached by Jack Kenerson since 1994, the goals each season are to provide each golfer with an experience that allows him to improve his golf and contribute to the success of the team. To accomplish these goals, the team takes full advantage of the practice and course facilities of Watertown Golf Club, which includes a full driving range, two putting greens and a short-game green. The varsity schedule includes 16 matches and three team tournaments.
Several Taft Golfers, under Kenerson's tutelage, have gone on to have successful DI and DIII college careers, the most notable being James Driscoll '96. Driscoll (UVA ’00) was a finalist in the US Amateur Competition, has played in The Masters, and is a member of the PGA Tour. More recently, Reid Longley '06 was honored as the NESCAC Champion and Rookie of the Year in the fall of 2006. In 2007, Brad Roche '07 and Gus Thompson '07 joined Reid on the All NESCAC team. In 2010, Reid Longley and Alex Bermingham '08 represented Trinity College in the NCAA Division III National Championship.
The Golf Team has taken trips outside New England in both preparation for its spring season and as post-season excursions. In June 2004, the team traveled to Ireland for a week at the Waterville Golf Links, and, in March 2006, traveled to Alabama for a week on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. In March 2011, the team prepared for the season at the Orange County National Golf Center in Florida, and in June 2012 the team traveled to the Home of Golf, St. Andrew's, Scotland. Most recently, the team prepared for the 2014 season on Kiawah Island, South Carolina.