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October 25, 2013

Jean DePlacido column: Desmond relishes NEC golf honors

Shamus Desmond, a senior captain on the Beverly High golf team, has been named MVP of the Northeastern Conference.

Desmond and his younger brother Garrett played a big role in the Panthers’ unbeaten league record.

“We had a very good year and being named MVP is a special honor,” said Shamus Desmond, who only lost one match out of 13 this fall. “It was a blast, and my team was really great. We had six returning guys so we figured we’d be pretty good. The two young ones came up and really contributed.”

One of those young guys was sophomore Garrett Desmond, who went undefeated (12-0). The brothers helped Beverly win its second straight NEC golf title.

“I couldn’t be more proud of Garrett,” said his older brother. “He really stepped up to help us.

”We’ve both been playing since we were around 10. My grandfather, Tim Desmond Sr., has been my biggest influence; I think I was born with a golf club in my hand. He loves the game and got me out on the course as soon as he could. My parents (Tim and Denise) have always offered support and told me to be the very best I can be.

“There were a lot of tough matches this season,” added the elder Desmond sibling. “The only match I lost was against Gloucester at Bass Rocks Golf Course. I had never played that course before and it was a very windy day, which presented more problems. The Gloucester kid knew the course like the back of his hand.”

Shamus Desmond competed in the NEC Open last week. The top two golfers from every team participated in the event at Tedesco Country Club in Marblehead.

“I finished eighth, which was not as good as I expected,” Desmond said. “While I’m disappointed in my performance, I’m happy I kept my head in the game. Every golfer goes through days like that, but how you handle it is the most important.”

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