BEVERLY — A single stroke was the difference in Monday’s Division 2 boys’ golf state championship at the Beverly Golf & Tennis Club after Sandwich and Duxbury finished tied at 309. The tiebreaker was the fifth score for each team, and an 83 for the Blue Knights edged the Green Dragons’ 84.
“I remember in the preseason meeting with the parents we said we are going to go to the state championship and hopefully we’re going to win a state title,” said Sandwich coach Brent Pearsall. “We knew we had the talent, ability, and [the kids’] work ethic over the summer and offseason was just phenomenal.”
Having slipped past the Dragons by just a stroke in the South sectionals on Oct. 23, Pearsall knew Duxbury would be a team to watch in the tournament. During the regular season, Sandwich defeated the Dragons by a stroke at home and the Dragons beat the Blue Knights by six in Duxbury.
But Monday, Sandwich got solid performances by Connor O’Leary (74), Dan Cowick (76), and Tom McEntee (79) to take home the trophy.
“They work hard, we take this program very seriously,” said Pearsall, who had five seniors playing on Monday.
“We won the state championship in 2005, and in 2009 we were runners-up. I think success breeds success and they know that.”
“They’re very excited and this is a great way to end their high school golfing careers. A lot of them are going to go on and play in college and we couldn’t be happier.”
Masconomet, which won last year’s championship with a 298, finished in third place with a score of 311. Senior Charlie May took home the individual title for the second consecutive year, finishing with an even-par 70.
“Wanted to back up what I did last year so I wanted to have a good showing,” said May, who had three bogeys, three birdies, and 12 pars.
“I had a lot of confidence heading into this year and I knew I could do it. I was able to put all the other variables outside and focus on hitting shots, so that definitely was a factor.”
Duxbury’s Nick Drago finished second with a 74.
Led by Drew Benshoff’s 77 and Tian Lin Zhang’s 78, Concord-Carlisle (320) finished fourth.
Oliver Ames finished fifth at 321.