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WMass Division 2 golf: South Hadley qualifies for state tournament in 2nd



Tuesday, October 24, 2017

South Hadley overcame a windy course at Cranwell Golf Club to qualify for the Division 2 state tournament.

The rain that threatened all day largely avoided the course and allowed the the Western Massachusetts Division 2 tournament Tuesday in Lenox.

The Tigers shot a 336 as a team to finish second and extend their season.

“They kept the ball low. Their scores could have been a little better. I think it was to be expected for the conditions,” South Hadley coach Bill O’Neal said. “They hung tough especially with our nemesis, Southwick.”

Southwick won the team title at 334. The Rams bested South Hadley twice in the regular season, the Tigers’ only two losses of the year.

Both teams will face off again at the state tournament, which starts at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Highfields Golf and Country Club in Grafton.

Wahconah’s Nate Dos Santos captured the individual sectional title with a 75.

South Hadley’s Jacob Allard tied for second overall with a 79, and Jacob Remillard was third for the Tigers at 81.

“I’m psyched. They were fantastic,” O’Neill said. “These guys could give me lessons in golfing.”

Jared Waite (86) and Logan Waite (90) rounded out the scorers for South Hadley.

The Tigers played without their No. 1 golfer from the regular season, Zach Kotfila, because of eligibility issues. O’Neal hopes they’ll have him for the state tournament.

“They golfed like champs today,” O’Neal said.

Hampshire Regional took fourth as a team with a 364 led by Garrett Antosz’s 86. He started strong before running into a triple bogey but followed it with another run of pars.

“He did an outstanding job not letting a bad hole get him down,” Hampshire coach Dan Korpita said. “He did a good job staying focused.”

Levi Sielinski shot an 88, Evan Boyle had a 82 and William LaFosse shot a 98.

“I thought things went great,” Korpita said. “It was a tough day out there, conditions-wise.”

It was the final tournament for Hampshire seniors Antosz, LaFosse and Makenze Felty (104).

Frontier’s Michael Corduff won’t return to the state tournament after shooting an 86. The Red Hawks carded a 393 as a team, which placed them eighth.

Brian Baumann shot a 96, Kevin Baumann had a 104 and Rowan Blair shot a 107.

Frontier won’t graduate any players from its tournament roster.