WOOD RIVER JCT. — Aaron Bliven parlayed hard work and consistency into another year of postseason recognition.
The Chariho High senior golfer, who averaged a 42.2 for nine holes, was named an All-Southern Division first-teamer for the second straight year.
Bliven had the Chargers’ best score in all but one Southern Division match this season. His best round came on May 2 at Point Judith Country Club, a 2-over 37 that included two birdies. His worst round was a 10-over 46 that came in the first match of a very rainy spring season.
His 42.2 was an average of 6.6 strokes over par.
“He’s been a coach’s dream,” Chariho coach Steve Blessing said. “He’s everything you want in a player. He’s a leader, he works hard, we’re gonna miss him. The whole school’s gonna miss him.”
Bliven, a four-year varsity player, improved his scoring average in each successive season. As a freshman, he averaged a 48.0, followed by a 45.9 in 2016 and a 44.1 last year.
Blessing attributed the development in Bliven’s game to hours spent on the course.
“Definitely hard work, all work,” Blessing said. “He’s fearless. He’s also a little smarter about how he plays. He’s got a golfer’s mentality — he knows when to go for it and when to hold back.
“He’s one of those guys that five years from now he’s gonna be shooting in the 60s.”
Bliven wrapped up his season at the 18-hole state tournament at Cranston Country Club on May 29. He shot a 14-over 86 (42-44) and did not qualify for the second day of the tournament.
Chariho finished 5-9 overall and 5-9 in the Southern Division.