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By Michael Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor
Walpole native and Xaverian rising sophomore Eric Boulger was crowned the Pre-Junior Champion at the 100th Massachusetts Junior Amateur Championship on August 8 at Belmont Country Club, scoring the lowest amongst his age division with a final round of 69.
A humbled Boulger says that he likes his current form and looks forward to keeping up the confidence this fall at Xaverian, where he and his teammates have high goals both in regards to the Catholic Conference and competing for a state championship.
“I’ve had a pretty successful summer so far, so I’m definitely feeling pretty confident with my game at the moment,” said Boulger. “What I’m hoping for is to bring this type of confidence into the fall season for Xaverian to give the team the best chance to win a state title.”
Despite all of his recent success throughout the summer, Boulger says that there is always room for improvement in his game, especially when it comes to his touch on and around the greens.
“Putting is definitely something I need to continue to work on,” said Boulger. “I have come to find out that the majority of the higher scores that I shoot are due to missing many easy putts. If I could reduce the amount of short or easy putts that I miss per round, I think that will make a huge impact.”
As the brother of Xaverian golf alum, state champion, and current Connecticut Husky Jack Boulger, expectations are obviously high for Eric to continue the Boulger family tradition of golf excellence at 800 Clapboardtree Street. Eric says that having a brother as skilled and successful at golf as Jack has helped tremendously in developing him into the player he has become.
“Over the past few years, I have looked up to my brother and admired how hard he has worked to get to where he is at today,” said Boulger. “He has taught me just about everything I know about the golf swing and what it takes to be successful.”
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