Drury golf hangs on, beats Greylock
STAMFORD, Vt. -- With one momentous swing of his club, Matt Lawrence pretty much slammed shut the shrinking window on Mount Greylock's chances of making the Western Massachusetts tournament.
The senior golfer's second approach on the par-4 eighth hole found the bottom of the cup for eagle from about 110 yards out. When all the totals were tallied, that amounted to a two-stroke gain for the Blue Devils, in a match that was decided by three strokes.
Lawrence's 1-under-par 35 uncluttered the team standings for Drury. The Blue Devils locked up their 12th win in dramatic fashion, squeaking out a 156-159 win over Mount Greylock on their home course, the Stamford Valley Golf Course.
Mount Greylock needed to win all four of its final matches, starting with Wednesday's, to stay in contention for a bid to the Western Mass. tournament. But Lawrence caught lightning in a bottle on back-to-back holes, and that was the Mounties' undoing. Before notching his second eagle of the season, Lawrence birdied the par-3 seventh, leaving the Mounties to mull over their season-long inadequacies. Mount Greylock is now playing only to buff up its win total.
The Mounties already made drastic headway in that department after notching a dubious milestone -- a defeated season (0-15) -- in coach Luke Polidoro's first year. On Wednesday, they continued to make incremental progress, cobbling together their best overall score by 16 strokes, Polidoro said.
"We needed this one to make the tournament, and if at the end of the day they had said, ‘Coach, we shot a 159,' I would have signed on the dotted lines," he said. "Drury is just a little bit better team. Three shots of golf is a chip here, a putt there."
With a bit of cooperation from Drury, the Mounties were actually in position to nip the Blue Devils. The decision effectively came down to the No. 5 golfers after the Blue Devils' No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 golfers carded 41s.
Greylock's Matt Wiseman shared medalist honors with Drury's Lawrence after the pair posted 1-under 35s.
Lenox 181, Monument 184
GREAT BARRINGTON -- Kris Vahle shot a season-low round for a high school player at Wyantenuck Country Club on Wednesday, firing a 1-over-par 36 and helping Lenox beat Monument Mountain 181-184.
The win comes one day after Monument beat Lenox at Cranwell, the Millionaires bounced back. On Tuesday, Vahle and T.J. Shumsky shared medalist honors with 38s.
The Spartans (6-6) still need one more victory to qualify for the Western Massachusetts Division II tournament.
"We had a good win" Tuesday, Monument coach Tom Kinne said. "They played better than we did today."
LENOX (181) -- Kris Vahle 36, Cam Sibley 50, Ben Epstein 54, Zach Levesque 50, Kevin Coakley 45, Noah Hunter 46.
MONUMENT MOUNTAIN (184) -- Owen Hunter 45, Sean O'Rourke 46, Dylan Buffoni 51, Aaron Coon 48, Jeff Spratt 47, T.J. Shumsky 46.
Birdies -- Vahle (No. 10).
PHS 177, Wahconah 197
PITTSFIELD -- At the Country Club of Pittsfield, the Generals' Ryan Grande was medalist, shooting a 2-over-par 37 on the front nine.
"He's playing as well as he ever has," Pittsfield coach Chris Polidoro said. "He hit his driver well."
Grande had two of the three birdies scored in the match. He birdied the par-4 first hole and the par-5 eighth.
Four of Pittsfield's six golfers broke 50, while only two Wahconah golfers did.
PITTSFIELD (177) -- Nick Martin 46, Ryan Grande 37, Denis Cooney 50, Austin O'Neill 50, Kevin Quinto 47, Justin Martin 47.
WAHCONAH (197) -- Nick Cervone 56, Gage Frazier 54, Tyler Garrett 60, Sebastian Babeu 47, Joey Szczepaniak 44, Andrew Beaudoin 52.
Birdies -- Grande (No. 1, 8), Cooney (No. 5).
East Longmeadow 246, Taconic 264
EAST LONGMEADOW -- The front nine of Elmcrest Country Club challenged the Braves.
In a match where six of the top 10 scores counted toward the final score, Mitch Omelenchuck's 41 led Taconic.
Taconic coach Mike Hillman said his team's unfamiliarity with the course made for a difficult match.
"Kind of a new course for most of us. Played here at Western Mass. ... Kind of a tough layout if you haven't played there before. East Longmeadow is a good team," Hillman said.
TACONIC (264) -- Mitch Omelenchuck 41, T-Bone Lingebach 48, John Keegan 43, Brett Murphy 46, Kyle Rochelo 49, Matt Ferris 45, Ross Omelenchuck 43, AJ Bowman 46, Matt Vogel 52, Tim Curry 54.
EAST LONGMEADOW (246) -- Mike Sarris 44, Noah Peterson 37, Luke Robare 45, Brian Cowles 43, Robert Robare 39, Nick Lamothe 44, Chris Koetsch 40, Tom Chapdelaine 48, Kyle Richter 45, Rob Champigny 43.
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