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Depth carries Frontier Regional to second place at WMass D2 Golf Tournament

  • Evan Boyle, of Hampshire Regional, tess off the fifth holes at the Western Massachusetts Division 2 Tournament, at the Ludlow Country Club Monday, October 22, 2018. STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

  • Logan Waite, of South Hadley , hits from a trap during the Western Massachusetts Division 2 Championship at the Ludlow Country Club, Monday, October 22, 2018. STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

  • Kyle Maynard, of Frontier Regional, tees off the fifth hole at Ludlow Country Club during the Western Massachusetts Division 2 Tournament, Monday, October 22, 2018. STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

  • Gabriel Larouche, of Greenfield, tees off the fifth hole at Ludlow Country Club during the Western Massachusetts Division 2 Tournament, Monday, October 22, 2018. STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

  • William Scott, of South Hadley, puts on the third hole at Ludlow Country Club during the Western Massachusetts Division 2 Tournament, Monday, October 22, 2018. STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

  • Mike Corduff, of Frontier, putts at Ludlow Country Club during the Western Massachusetts Division 2 Tournament, Monday, October 22, 2018. STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

  • Ryan Cote, of Greenfield , watches his tee shot at Ludlow Country Club during the Western Massachusetts Division 2 Tournament, Monday, October 22, 2018. STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

  • William Scott, of South Hadley, chips onto the third green at Ludlow Country Club during the Western Massachusetts Division 2 Tournament, Monday, October 22, 2018. STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

  • Levi Zielinski, of Hampshire Regional, watches his tee shot on the fourth hole at Ludlow Country Club during the Western Massachusetts Division 2 Tournament, Monday, October 22, 2018. STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

Staff writer
Published: 10/22/2018 9:17:31 PM

LUDLOW — Tournament organizers wrote the Frontier Regional golf team’s scores on the board first in black sharpie on cardstock.

The Red Hawks shot a 347 at the Western Massachusetts Division 2 golf championships Monday at Ludlow Country Club. They knew where they stood, but didn’t have anything to compare it to.

Then came the wait.

“It was tough, watching them come in,” Frontier Regional coach Bill Fitzpatrick said.

Frontier watched every other team’s individual scores be written and tallied. Only one was better – Hoosac Valley’s 341. The Red Hawks finished second and qualified for the state tournament as a team for the first time since 2013.

“Our depth came through for us today,” Fitzpatrick said.

“This is the ultimate goal for us, to make states,” Fitzpatrick said.

Sophomore Mike Corduff led the way with an 81, which tied him for third as an individual. Hoosac’s Henry Sniezek won with a 78.

“I grinded a lot at the end,” Corduff said. “I had a bad round going and then got up and down a couple times the last five, six holes.”

The conditions did no favors. Frost on the course delayed the tournament’s shotgun start by nearly two hours.

“It was cold, you lost feeling a little bit,” Corduff said. “I wore gloves in between shots.”

Fitzpatrick instructed his team to play conservatively. He didn’t want the Red Hawks taking unnecessary risks.

“Smart plays were going to win this tournament,” Fitzpatrick said. “Last thing I said to them, ‘what would coach do?’”

Frontier followed his advice. Kyle Maynard had an 84, Kalen Evans shot a 90 and seventh-grader Gunnar Moore put up a 92 to round out the scoring. Bryan Baumann (93) and Rowan Blair (98) also competed.

“We weren’t playing our best game out there, but it was a big lifter (to make the state tournament),” Maynard said.

The Division 2 state tournament is Oct. 30 at Marshfield Country Club scheduled for a 10 a.m. shotgun start. It will be the first trip to that stage for most of Frontier’s young team, which only features one senior, but Corduff is making a return trip. He qualified individually as an eighth-grader.

“It’s going to help the team a lot, Mikey has a lot of experience playing with the pressure,” Fitzpatrick said.

South Hadley missed a return to the state tournament by 11 strokes. The Tigers shot a 358 to place third.

“Little disappointed, I thought we had a good shot to win,” South Hadley coach Dave Blanchette said. “Couple guys had a tough start.”

Billy Scott shot an 84 followed by Logan Waite with an 89, Jared Waite with a 90 and Nicholas Cirone a 95. Will Ortyl (100) and Thomas O’Neill (112) also played. It was the final event for South Hadley seniors Scott, Ortyl and O’Neill.

“We’ll be back, we’ve got some good kids,” Blanchette said.

Hampshire Regional placed sixth after qualifying for the second consecutive season. The Raiders shot a 397. Evan Boyle had their best score with a 91. Levi Zielinski (94), Ryan Egloff (99) and Daniel Kelly (113) followed. Nicholas Morton (118) and Owen Lech (126) played but didn’t factor into the scoring.




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