Golf - Boys' Varsity
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 four team tournaments.
A number of 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, Taft golfers have been honored as a NESCAC Champion, NESCAC Rookie of the Year, and been named to the All NESCAC team. Most recently, in May 2016, Taft golfers competed for Colgate University and Bucknell University in the Patriot League Championship, and for George Washington University in the Atlantic 10 Conference 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 of golf 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, and in March 2016, the team traveled to south Florida to play at Seminole Golf Club and other area courses.
About Coach Traina
A graduate of St. George's School in Middletown, Rhode Island, Mark attended Wesleyan University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in history and was a four-year varsity letter winner in hockey and baseball. After Wesleyan, he began his teaching career as the Carpenter Teaching Fellow in history at Taft. From there, Mark earned a Master of Arts at Wesleyan and served as a teacher, dean, coach, and dormitory head at Kent, Holderness, and Taft, and as dean of students at St. George's School. Mark now serves as dean of students at Taft in addition to working in the admissions office, teaching history, and coaching ice hockey and baseball. He lives in Meyers House with his wife, Edie, and their two children, Caroline and Lucy.