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WMass Division 3 Golf: Hopkins Academy’s Jack Ter Doest finishes second, qualifies for state tournament

  • Hopkins Academy senior Jack Ter Doest chips onto the tenth green at The Orchards Golf Club in South Hadley during the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament on Monday, October 23, 2017. GAZETTE STAFF / KEVIN GUTTING

  • Smith Academy senior Christopher Darragh chips onto the ninth green of The Orchards Golf Club in South Hadley during the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament on Monday, October 23, 2017. GAZETTE STAFF / KEVIN GUTTING

  • Smith Academy senior Christopher Darragh chips onto the ninth green of The Orchards Golf Club in South Hadley during the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament on Monday, October 23, 2017. GAZETTE STAFF / KEVIN GUTTING



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Monday, October 23, 2017

SOUTH HADLEY — Jack Ter Doest doesn’t forget bad days easily. The Hopkins Academy senior golfer will just need to put his father’s advice to good use.

“Some things will stick with me,” said Ter Doest of his short memory. “My dad always tells me to remember the good things, not the bad things. I’m going to have to learn to do that. There was a lot of good out there today. I’m still happy with how I played.”

Ter Doest had an inconsistent round at the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament, Monday at the Orchards Golf Club. His 8-over-par 79 tied for runner-up, two shots back of Thomas Fraser of Lee. Luke Willenborg of St. Mary’s also shot a 79.

“I can’t really be mad with how I played. I just couldn’t finish,” Ter Doest said. “I’m happy with how I played and grateful that I got to play with some other good players as well.”

Ter Doest teed off at No. 1 along with Willenborg and Fraser. Ter Doest and Fraser were both 3-over after nine holes, with Willenborg one shot back.

“I was right there at the turn,” Ter Doest said. “I just couldn’t keep it together at the end. There were just some decision-making errors in there, but that’s golf.”

A double bogey on the par-3 10th set Ter Doest back. He followed that with three straight bogeys and couldn’t recover.

On the 10th, Ter Doest pulled his tee shot left and was left with a difficult downhill chip. He left his second shot short of the flag by 15 feet. His par putt went past the hole and his 5-foot comebacker lipped out.

“It hurt,” Ter Doest said. “I had to forget about it, but evidently it stuck with me because the next three holes I made all bogeys.”

Ter Doest finished with three birdies, five pars, nine bogeys and one double bogey.

“On this course you have to be on point with chipping,” Ter Doest said. “These greens will run out with putting ,and if you make a little mistake you could be walking off the green with three puts.

“Everything inside 10 feet for par wasn’t going in,” he added. “I had some birdies, it was just inconsistent.”

Monson captured the team championship as its four low scorers totaled 351. Franklin Tech was second at 363. Both teams along with the top six individuals, including Ter Doest, advanced to the state tournament, next Monday at Wyantenuck Country Club in Great Barrington.

Monson’s bus got stuck in traffic on the turnpike and arrived later than expected.

Smith Academy finished fifth (375) among eight teams.

“The kids worked hard all year,” Falcons coach David Keir said. “We just didn’t have it today. Bad performance. That’s the way it goes.

“Like I’ve said, it’s a one-day crapshoot. Who’s going to show up, who’s not going to show up. I mean, the team that arrives after the time they were supposed to be here, because of an accident on the Mass Pike, they get like 10-15 minutes to warm up and they go out and shoot lights out. I’m happy for them. Great job on them to jump out of the bus, put your bag on and go play.”

Dan Cavanaugh led the Falcons with an 87 (43-44). He finished eighth, six shots back of qualifying for the state tournament.

“Off the tee you have to be much more accurate,” Cavanaugh said. “The rough will kill you. ... The first 12 holes I couldn’t hit the fairway. The last couple I started to play much better.”

Chris Darragh (50-42–92), Hunter Zygmont (49-48–97) and Cam Haley (52-57–99) added to Smith’s score.

“It’s a pleasure to come out here and enjoy the beautiful scenery and the Donald Ross course,” Keir said. “It was fun.”

It was the final match for Keir, who is retiring after 28 years coaching the Falcons. He is only the second coach in program history following the 20-plus-year career of Frank Arbano.

Smith Academy went 13-1 and won the Bi-County East title, only the second league championship in program history. The other championship came in 2010.

The Falcons were looking for a third sectional championship to go along with the titles from 1978 and 2007.

“It’s a good way to go,” Keir said. “Got another banner for the gym. We’re excited about it.”