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Division 3 golf: Westwood is a repeat winner

DEVENS — For the second year in a row, the Division 3 golf state championship was decided by a single stroke.

And for the second year in a row, Westwood couldn’t be happier with the result.

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The Wolverines’ score of 319 bested Weston’s 320 on a frigid day at Red Tail Golf Club in Devens on Monday. Last season, the Wolverines beat Medfield on a tiebreaker.

“This feels amazing,” said Westwood first-year coach Peter Hochman. “The team is ecstatic, it feels like we’re on top of the world.”

Senior Pat Frodigh, who led the Wolverines with a 74 last year, and classmate CJ Hunter each shot a 7-over 79 on the par-72 course to lead Westwood.

Senior Eric Burgess was one shot behind, and sophomore Dan Howard turned in an 81.

Weather conditions didn’t make it easy on the golfers. The tournament was originally scheduled for last week, but Superstorm Sandy forced a postponement. Monday’s 10 a.m. shotgun start was also delayed an hour as leaves were raked off the greens.

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The switch from October to November, coupled with less sunlight because of daylight savings time and the morning delay, created a chilly and dark 18 holes of play.

“It was tough conditions out there,” Hochman said. “The ball wasn’t flying as far. But we took the adversity and persevered, just like Westwood does.”

Arlington Catholic took third with a 330, with Douglas and Hanover tying for fourth at 332.

The only player to break par was Troy Miller with a 71. That beat out Ben Schlesman of Douglas (73) and Kevin Gately of Pembroke (75).

Brendan Crowther of Newburyport and John Doremus of Hanover tied for fourth with a 77.

A senior from Franklin County Technical School, Miller surprised even himself with his performance.

“Just to shoot par would be a good score,” he said. “I was expecting to be in the top five, but I definitely exceeded my expectations.”

Miller based his expectations on two practice rounds at Red Tail in which he shot 73 and 74.

The victor pulled away by taking care of business on his final two holes, 12 and 13, both par-4s.

“I was 1 over with two to play and finished birdie-birdie, so I was pretty happy about that,” he said. “I finished on one of the hardest holes, so it was a pretty good challenge. And it was cold.”

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