WATERBURY, Vt. (WCAX) On a beautiful summer-like day at Country Club of Vermont in Waterbury, CVU, Harwood, and Stowe claimed boys golf state titles.
No drama when it came to medalist in Division One. Rutland's Logan Broyles fired a two under 70, six shots clear of second place.
But there was plenty of drama in the team event, where BFA and CVU finished tied. Both teams showed their depth, with three players on each squad breaking 80, led by a 76 from BFA's Nathan Benoit and a 78 from Nate Godbout of CVU.
That meant the teams would play a one hole playoff, top four players from both squads, best total score wins. In the first group, both BFA players bogeyed, and CVU answered with two pars, including a clutch putt from Godbout.
Two more bogeys from BFA in the second group while CVU posted a bogey and a double bogey, but it was enough to win by a total score of 19 to 20 and clinch the D-1 state title for the Redhawks.
"I've never been that nervous on a golf course before, that speaks for the whole team," said CVU's Ben Gramling. "We were all pretty nervous but we had to go out there and get it done. Two of our top three players are seniors, so it's huge for us to win it in our last year. We're going to be good next season still, got a lot of returners, so we're looking forward to hopefully winning two in a row."
In Division Two, Mike Walsh of Rice literally could not miss all day. He posted a bogey free round of five-under 67 to claim medalist honors by three shots over last year's medalist, Aidan Melville of Harwood.
But Melville and company responded with a ten shot win in team competition. Aidan led the way with a 70, Nate Honeywell posted a 73, and Jon Honeywell added a 77 as the Highlanders repeated as Division Two state champs.
"It means a lot," Melville said. "I mean we've worked hard all year and I think for Nate especially, it's his senior year and he didn't break 90 in a single state championship for all three other years so it was really big for him. It was just a lot of hard work and it paid off so we just feel really good about it."
And in Division Three, it was another total team effort from Stowe. The Raiders had four of the seven lowest scores of the day. Ben Salvas was medalist with a 75, a shot better than last year's medalist, Harrison DiGangi of Stratton.
Flynn Kearny and Clark Brown both broke 80 as well. Easily outdistancing runner up Northfield, Stowe finished tied with Harwood for the low team total of the day and claimed a fourth straight D-3 state title.
"Yeah, everyone's a good player and I think we all just played pretty well today," said Stowe's Ben Salvas. "My mindset was just to have a good time, I ended up playing the best round ever for myself and everybody else played their best."