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DIVISION 2 BOYS’ GOLF

Concord-Carlisle breezes to Div. 2 state golf title

SUTTON — Concord-Carlisle cruised to the Division 2 boys’ golf title, finishing with a 15-over-par 303 to win by 12 strokes Monday at Blackstone National Golf Club.

Tianlin Zhang paved the way with a 74, good for second in the individual competition, while Jack Gardner (75) and Drew Benshoff (76) finished just off his pace for the Patriots. Jack Kingman rounded out the scoring with his 80.

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Concord-Carlisle finished the season a perfect 14-0 in the Dual County League.

First-year coach Christian Sullivan was thrilled to have his first coaching job at Concord-Carlisle, comparing the program to Duke in college basketball.

“I would like to say it’s like catching lightning in a bottle my first year, but not really,” Sullivan said of the championship. “These kids are extremely talented and worked very hard, so I’m very proud of them.”

Hingham was second with a 315, but needed the tiebreaker to edge Belmont. Team scores typically only include the top four performers on each team, so officials broke the tie with the team’s fifth best scorer, which went to the Harbormen by four strokes.

George May of Masconomet won the individual competition by shooting a 1-over 73.

May, a junior, started his round with two bogeys, but battled back with a string of pars and three birdies.

May has been playing golf since he was 13 and said he has won smaller events, but none as big as Monday’s tournament.

“I’m really excited about it,” he said. “It means a lot to me.”

May shot a 78 in last year’s tournament and came up short to a familiar face: his brother, Charlie, who won the individual title the previous two years.

George was hesitant to say he was better than his brother.

“I’ve beat him sometimes,” he said with a laugh.

Zhang, also a junior, finished a stroke behind May.

“If you ask Tian, he’ll tell you he played bad today,” Sullivan said of Zhang. “He’s like a terminator out there. He is just an absolute golfing machine. For him to shoot 74 out there today in these conditions is amazing.”

The tournament was pushed back from a 9:30 a.m. start to 11 a.m. because of frost.

Walpole (323) came in fourth in the team competition, with North Andover (328) coming in fifth.

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