Around the Clockers, twins Kyzar and Keira Joshi drove the rise of the Ashland golf program

by | Oct 9, 2021 | Driving Ranges

Kyzar has played # 1 in Ashlands for the past three seasons while his sister Keira was # 2. After leading the Clockers to a 5-5 mark during the COVID-19 shortened season last year, the Joshis helped Ashland (9-5) qualify for this year’s Division 2 Central tournament, which is scheduled for Sept. October is scheduled at the Maplegate Country Club in Bellingham.

Kyzar played a key role in securing the team’s third consecutive section spot; He set a new school record by shooting a 2 under par 31 to win medalists in Ashland’s 227-233 win over TVL rivals Hopkinton on Thursday at Pinecrest Golf Club in Holliston.

Though the duo share birthday and co-captaincy duties, their dad, Ketan, said the siblings’ personalities – and how they approach the game – are barely the same.

“They are like chalk and cheese. They have nothing like that, ”said the father. “When I talk about golf, their swing is not similar, and neither is their approach. Kyzar would take an aggressive line with Keira holding it in the middle of the fairway. Kyzar likes to attack and Keira likes to take her pars and move on.

“Even in life – they’re a boy and a girl and they don’t do anything like that.”

Lately, Keira has been working on getting more aggressive on the pitch. While most of her improvements can be attributed to training and her growing confidence, Keira said she also benefited from playing alongside her Ashland teammates.

Many high school coaches choose to have their best two players play in the same pairing, but Roman strategically divides the Joshis so they can assist teammates during games. Keira noted that while she is happy to provide advice, she has also benefited from the deal.

“It’s great not only to help them get better but also to learn so much from them,” said Keira. “So many of [my teammates] are new to sport, so much more carefree. It’s really fun to play with them and let go a little. “

Although they play in separate pairings during the Games, there is still a friendly sibling rivalry.

“There is always a friendly feeling of competition,” said Kyzar. “We’re pretty even as golfers, so I always have someone who pushes and challenges me. When we play stroke play, I often outperform them. But when it comes to match play, she is much better at it than me. “

While Roman laughs at how they show their competitiveness when they ask how the other fared, he notices that the siblings have a work ethic that distances them from their peers.

“You will practice putts after every game, before every practice session and after every practice session on the putting greens,” said the trainer. “They have a tremendous work ethic and that’s one of the things that sets them apart.”

Although the siblings credit their father for teaching them the game – Ketan said he fell in love with golf after moving to the US from India at the age of 25 – he is quick to praise their mother, Purvi, for letting her She has always supported her since its inception to bring her to the driving range at the age of 4.

“I introduced her to the sport, but she is the backbone of her sport,” said Ketan. “She is like her third sibling, her triplet. It would be hard to find her anywhere if she wasn’t around. “

All the extra hours were worth it, not just for the Joshi twins, but for the entire Ashland golf program. Long gone is the losing mentality that plagued the Clockers before Kyzar and Keira arrived – the program now includes almost 30 players between its college and junior college teams and the expectation is to win.

“The atmosphere around the team has turned into an engaging environment due to the many new players joining our team and only the golf atmosphere at our school is growing,” said Kyzar.

“That ‘oh what if we lose?’ or ‘We’ll probably lose’ has completely fallen out of the window, ”added Keira. “We may not always get the result we want, but it’s nice to see that our team has become so strong after all these years.”

“That ‘oh what if we lose?’ or ‘We’ll probably lose’ has completely fallen out of the window. We may not always get the result we want, but it’s nice to see that our team has grown so strong after all these years. ”KEIRA JOSHI, Ashland High golfer.John Tlumacki / Globe Staff“We're pretty even as golfers, so I always have someone who pushes and challenges me.  When we play stroke play, I often outperform them.  But when it comes to match play, she's a lot better than me at it.“We’re pretty even as golfers, so I always have someone who pushes and challenges me. When we play stroke play, I often outperform them. But when it comes to match play, she’s much better than me at it. “KYZAR JOSHI, Ashland High Junior, on playing with his twin sister Keira.John Tlumacki / Globe Staff

Tea shots

▪ The Upper Cape Tech Boys golf team won the Small Schools title and Blackstone Valley Tech was crowned Large Schools Champion at the Massachusetts State Vocational Golf Championship at Acushnet River Valley Country Club on Wednesday.

Connor McEntee, 76, walked the small field of 12 teams and 60 individuals to earn medalists while leading the Rams (325) to the team title. The overall ranking of Upper Cape also included points from Pat Ghelfi (78), Asher Graff (83) and Zephyn Johnson (88).

Upper Cape coach Matt Lombard said he hoped Wednesday’s performance will help the Rams at the Mayflower Athletic Conference championship, scheduled for 9 a.m. in Acushnet Thursday morning.

“I would like to think that winning a tournament this way and having a couple of guys really low will build confidence,” Lombard said. “But we all know that when you play golf one day you are a champion and the next day you are a champion. You can hit fairways and greens and love life or hit out of the woods and all three putt. I think if we play our game we’ll be in good shape, but you never know. “

Cam Raymond (80) posted the low score for Valley Tech, which also received strong performances from Tyler White (81), Chase Levasseur (82) and Connor Griffin (83).

Bristol-Plymouth’s Ben Sirois carded a 2-over 74 to get medalists for the big schools, which had 12 teams and 58 individuals represented.

▪ Isabel Brozena’s sophomore year at North Reading beat a 22-man field to win the Cape Ann League Open title after shooting a 2 over par 74 on Thursday at Far Corner Golf Course and earning 69 Stableford points.

Brozena’s title was just one of a handful of milestones for the 6-0 Hornets, who also won the championship title straight away after finishing their CAL table unbeaten.

Brozena, a returning Globe All-Scholastic, was named Cal Kinney Division’s (major division) Player of the Year while North Reading coach Brian McAuliffe was named Coach of the Year.