SUTTON -- The Drury golf team came to Blackstone National Golf Club with a Western Massachusetts Division II championship on the resume. While the Blue Devils were unable to duplicate that feat, it takes nothing away from the accomplishments of 2013.
Drury finished 11th out of 11 teams in the MIAA state Division II tournament. Matt Lawrence was low scorer with an 84, but the Blue Devils had a combined 362.
"I'm really proud of my team and the way they competed, on two levels," coach Don Dagnoli said. "I'm happy for our senior Matt Lawrence. He was 0-15 as a freshman and he's going out at the state championship as a senior.
"The experience the younger guys are getting, this is a win for our team."
It's also a big win for the Blue Devils, who were winless when Lawrence was a freshman.
"It's a big journey, going from 0-15 to 13-2 and winning Western Mass." said Lawrence. "It's a big turnaround. They can still have a shot at it next year."
Concord-Carlisle had a most impressive day, winning the tournament with a total of 303. Hingham and Belmont were next at 315. All four of Concord-Carlisle's scoring golfers broke 80.
George May of Masconomet was medalist with a 1-over-par 73, and he finished one stroke ahead of Concord-Carlisle's Tianlin Zhang. Zhang's teammate Jack Gardner finished in a tie for third at 3-over 75.
This was the third time a member of the May family earned medalist honors in the state D-II tournament. George May's brother Charlie won the individual title in 2011 and ‘12.
There was a two-way tie for sixth between Monument Mountain's Owen Hunter and Hingham's Christian Boretti. Both shot 76. Hunter had the best score of the Berkshire County contingent.
Lawrence went off from the first hole and went par-double bogey-birdie on his first three holes. He bogeyed three of his finals six holes to make the turn at 40. On the back, he parred three holes but bogeyed or double bogeyed the rest of them.
Lawrence played with two golfers who broke 80 -- Drew Benshoff of Concord-Carlisle who had 76, and Andrew Lilly of Belmont who shot 79.
"They're good players. They kind of mind their own [business]. They don't talk much," said Lawrence. "They got down to business and they shot good scores."
Drury's Nick Trombley shot 90, Nick Bator 91, Alex Candiloro and Doug Sigsbury both shot 97 and Nick Boulger shot 104.
The tournament started a bit late because of overnight frost. Instead of a 9:30 a.m. shotgun tee time, the golfers all went off at 11.
There was some wind and cold and it took its toll on the golfers.
"It was pretty hard conditions," said Trombley. "There was wind and it was cold. I was a little nervous at the beginning, but I settled in and tried to maintain my composure."
No golfer had any complaint about the course and that it was fine and fair for all the players. It was, however, a little bit on the narrow side in some places, which required golfers to put a premium on hitting the ball straight.
"Most of the fairways are very narrow and there are woods on both sides," said Trombley. "You just have to get it down the middle."
"[The course] was in good shape, but it was a pretty tough course to play," said Boulger. "If you can't hit the ball straight, it's going to eat you alive.
"I couldn't hit anything straight really."
While that was ultimately the tale of the tape for Drury, none of the Blue Devils would trade the experience.
"I realize what it takes to get here," said Trombley. "It's a lot of hard work, and I know the amount of effort we'll need to come back here next year."