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Douglas High’s Curtis Bourque wins Div. 3 golf title

GREAT BARRINGTON — Curtis Bourque may have been nervous as a cat in a room full of rocking chairs, but the Douglas High senior certainly didn’t show it.

Instead, Bourque stepped up to the first playoff hole on the 12th tee at Wyantenuck CC on Monday, took a deep breath, and let it rip.

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Three holes later, he sank a 5-footer on No. 18 to win the MIAA Division 3 individual state championship, besting Pioneer Valley’s James Elliott, who joined Bourque, Weston’s Will Bertelson, and Dover-Sherborn’s Sam Schroeder in carding a 2-over-par 72s to force the playoff on the 117-year-old course’s 12th and 18th holes.

“It’s incredible, it feels great,” Bourque said. “It’s the most nervous I’ve ever been playing golf. To be in four-hole playoff and win is incredible.”

The state crown was Bourque’s first, while Bertelson helped the Wildcats earn the team championship by nine strokes over runner-up Dover-Sherborn, 301-310.

Arlington Catholic was third at 318.

“I knew I had a chance to win it individually, but I really wanted it for our team,” Bertelson said. “It’s great to win it, because we were the runner-up last year.”

Bourque and Elliott two-puttted for par on the first playoff at 12, while Bertelson and Schroeder were eliminated after each three-putted.

Bourque and Elliott parred 18, and returned to 12 only to remain tied after each made 5-footers again for par.

Back on 18, both players landed on the green roughly 40 feet from the hole. Bartelson’s first putt sailed wide past the hole and he missed his second try from 8 feet. Bourque buried his second attempt from 4 feet for the title.

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