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GlobeWest: 5 story lines to follow in high school golf

A new course record for Newton North High senior? Charlie Goldberg fired a 29 against Framingham on Oct. 1. According to the Newton North team’s coach, Bob MacDougall, it’s believed to be the lowest round by a high school player ever shot on Brae Burn Country Club’s par 33 nine-hole course. Goldberg will play at Skidmore College next year.

Parity in the Bay State Conference.While perennial contenders Wellesley and Needham are again atop the league’s Herget and Carey divisions, respectively, Framingham, Milton, and Norwood are also putting together strong seasons. The heightened league competition is expected to make securing a state tourney berth even more challenging.

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Super sophomore draws rave reviews. One player consistently mentioned by opposing players and coaches as an up-and-coming talent is Framingham sophomore Max Ferrari. While Ferrari is still adding distance to his game as he matures physically, the Flyers’ No. 1 player is lauded for being one of the team’s most consistently accurate ball strikers.

Zhang, Warner again looming large in DCL Small. Seniors TianLin Zhang of Concord-Carlisle and Ben Warner of Weston have their schools positioned in first and second place in the Dual County League’s Small Division. After two regular season matchups, Zhang and Warner figure to square off at least a couple more times in the Division 2 state qualifiers and again on Oct. 28 at the state tournament, being held at Blackstone National Golf Club in Sutton.

Hopkinton dominating the Tri-Valley League. The Hillers entered Thursday’s match against Millis still perfect. To finish 18-0, Hopkinton must also top Medway and Westwood in its final matches. The TVL’s top team has received consistently strong play from junior Jimmy Hervol, senior Drew Johnson, and sophomores Jake Doherty and Matt Johnson.

Paul Lazdowski

Paul Lazdowski can be reached at pmlazdowski@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @plazdow.
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