Masco’s May wins N.E. high school golf title
It had been nearly seven hours since Charlie May had teed off on the back nine at the Bretwood Golf Course in Keene, N.H., and after a one-hour, 15-minute rain delay, the recent Masconomet Regional graduate was finally standing on the green of the final hole.
The 18-year-old Topsfield resident was staring at a 70-foot birdie putt that appeared first uphill and right-to-left, and then downhill and left-to-right, but he remained confident. With the rest of the field waiting for his group to finish, and three golfers tied for first with a two-under-par 70, May was not about to play if safe.
So he went for it, and watched his shot ride along the breaks and thump into the cup, capping his 3-under 69 round Monday to pocket the New England High School Golf Championship.
It was a storybook ending to an exceptional senior season.
“There’s a difference between having a good feeling and pulling it off,” said May, the Globe’s Division 2 Player of the Year last fall after capturing the MIAA individual title with an even par 70 at Beverly Golf and Tennis in November. “I was just visualizing that putt and making sure to make a good stroke rather than focusing on the outcome. It couldn’t have been a better ending.”
A busy summer schedule is on the docket as he prepares for playing in college, at Elon University in North Carolina.
A member at the Ferncroft Country Club in Middleton, May started playing competitive golf the summer before his freshman year. But his regimented offseason training has yielded bushels of success. May, who owns the school record for lowest nine-hole score (33), plays seven days a week during the summer, logging 108 holes, along with sessions at the driving range twice a day.
“There are some people who are practicers, and some who are players,” May said. “Some people have more success at the driving range than they do at the course, but I like to figure things out on the course. I don’t accomplish much at the range than playing, because you’re seeing the target lines and hitting shots that matters.”
May is scheduled to tee it up in an Amateur Junior Golf Association event July 15-18 at Tedesco Country Club in Marblehead.
His goal is to qualify for the US Amateur championship, Aug. 12-18 at The Country Club in Brookline, where his grandfather, George May Jr., is a member.
The qualifier is July 22 at Vesper Country Club, Tyngsborough.
“The tournaments are both physically and mentally tolling,” said May, who battled left elbow injuries last season, “but especially mentally. You’re focusing for such a long period of time.”
Despite the New England winter, May often plays into December before working inside at the Golf Country driving range in Middleton. The ability to play golf year-round at Elon is a precious commodity for him.
At Elon, he will play for Don Hill, a former associate head coach at the University of South Carolina, who has replaced 41-year head coach Bill Morningstar.
“Most of it was so much financial, but also the opportunity to play golf year-round in North Carolina,” said May, who hopes to major in finance. “I wanted that all along because I think that’s very important to take your game to the next level.”
Revere foundation aids Newtown High
At the spring football game at Newtown High (Conn.), the Lynnfield-based Silvio Cella Family Foundation, along with the Western Massachusetts High School Football Coaches Association, presented a $4,500 donation to the Newtown team June 14.
The donation was made to support the town following the tragic shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School six months ago.
The foundation offers thousands in annual grants to high school football programs. It was started in honor of Silvio Cella , an athletic director and 28-year football coach at Revere High.
“Silvio Cella was a high school football coach and athletic director in Massachusetts for 49 years, and understood the important role high school football can have, not only for the players, but also for an entire community,” said Cella’s son Michael, the president of the foundation. “We stand behind the Newtown football program and the entire town of Newtown as they continue to heal.”
Agganis All-Star Classics set for Sunday
The 2013 Agganis All-Star Classics will kick off Sunday, with an award ceremony scheduled for Manning Field in Lynn at 11 a.m. High school seniors are represented from the Northeastern Conference, the Cape Ann League, the Greater Boston League, the Catholic Conference, the Middlesex League, and the Merrimack Valley Conference.
The game schedule is as follows: 16th Softball Classic, Sunday at Fraser Field, 1 p.m.; 19th Baseball Classic, Sunday at Fraser Field, 3; Ninth Women’s Basketball Classic, Monday at Lynn Classical, 6; Ninth Men’s Basketball Classic, Monday at Lynn Classical, 7:30; Second Women’s Lacrosse Classic, Tuesday at Manning Field, 5:30; Second Men’s Lacrosse Classic, Tuesday at Manning Field, 7:30; 18th Women’s Soccer Classic, Wednesday at Manning Field, 5:30; 18th Men’s Soccer Classic, Wednesday at Manning Field, 7:30; 52d Football Classic, Thursday at Manning Field, 7.
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