By HockomockSports.com Staff
HAVERHILL, Mass. – Canton is going to need a bigger trophy case.
The Bulldogs’ golf team won the Division 2 North Sectional on Tuesday, one week after the program secured its fifth straight Davenport division title. Canton finished with a score of 319, three strokes ahead of second-place Austin Prep and four strokes ahead of third place North Andover.
“They all played great,” said Canton head coach Mike Barucci, who notched his 100th win at the helm earlier this season. “There were ups and downs in all of their rounds but they battled through tough conditions and came out on top. After not having a state tournament last year and having such a successful season this year, I am incredibly happy for them and proud of what they have accomplished so far.”
Barucci noted the golfers battled cold and windy conditions at Bradford Country Club in Haverhill, which is located near the Merrimack River. Senior Mike Leonetti had one of his best performances of the season, carding a round of 76 to tie for fourth overall. Classmate Will Gefteas came in tied for 12th with a 79, and sophomore Mekahla Costello fired an 80 to tie for 19th.
Conor Hunter, fresh off a terrific showing at the Hockomock Championships last week at Easton Country Club, tied for 26th overall with an 84. Charlie Cohen and Nate MacDonald showed off Canton’s depth by shooting an 87 and 88, respectively. All six of Canton’s golfers finished inside the top 40 out of nearly 100 total golfers.
In the Division 1 South Sectional, Oliver Ames finished sixth overall with a score of 329. Xaverian was the winner for the section, taking first with a score of 298 at Acushnet River Valley Golf Course. Senior Jake Kaplan had a team-low round of 80, which tied for 18th overall. Jo Jo Gaultier, Daniel Paul, and David Rodgers all shot an 83 for the Tigers, Sean Kearns added an 89, and Carter Allbritton came in with a 90.
The Kelley-Rex division champions King Philip and rival Franklin both competed in the D1 Central Sectional at Heritage Country Club in Charlton. The Panthers were eighth overall with a 339 while King Philip finished 10th at 345. Attleboro’s Brendan Raymond, who qualified as an individual, tied for ninth overall with a round of 79 while Sharon’s Nathan Daley came in with an 81 to earn 16th. Brendan Collins had Franklin’s best round by shooting an 82. Gavin Croke was the top scorer for King Philip with an 84.