Tuesday's roundup: Drury golf to W. Mass. tourney
CLARKSBURG -- A couple years ago, the Drury golf team didn’t win a match.
A 162-180 victory over Mount Everett on Tuesday put the Blue Devils into the Western Massachusetts tournament.
"I’m really proud of my team," said Drury coach Don Dagnoli. "We’ve come a long way in two years."
Matt Lawrence’s 35 led the Blue Devils on the par-34 layout at North Adams Country Club. Lawrence also shot 35 in Monday’s home match. All six Drury golfers shot better than 50 with the top four at 44 or better.
Bradley Lupiani shot a 36 for the Eagles while Devin Farnum had a 39.
DRURY (162) -- Matt Lawrence 35, Nick Bator 42, Alex Boulger 44, Jeff Hancock 41, Nick Trombley 44, Nick Boulger 48.
EVERETT (180) -- Bradley Lupiani 36, Jon Ovitt 45, Devin Farnum 39, Kyle Smith 61, Henry Beckwith 60, Matt Morehouse 60.
BIRDIES -- Lawrence (No. 8), Hancock (No. 4), Farnum (No. 2).
Taconic 159, Wahconah 192
PITTSFIELD -- Mitchell Omelenchuck led Taconic to its lowest team score of the year.
Omelenchuck finished his round of 36 with eight straight pars after bogeying the first hole on the par-35 front nine at Berkshire Hills Country Club.
"Just a lot of focus," Braves coach Mike Hillman said. "He focused really well and kept it together. it’s nice to make eight pars in a row. That’s very steady."
Wahconah was led by a 43 from Cam Collins. Taconic got a 40 from John Keegan and a 41 from Liam Nolan. Brian Bonacquisti checked in at 42.
TACONIC (159) -- Mitchell Omelenchuck 36, Matt Ferris 49, Liam Nolan 41, John Keegan 40, Brian Bonacquisti 42, Matt Duane 48.
WAHCONAH (192) -- Cam Collins 43, Andrew Beaudoin 53, Joe Szczepaniak 52, Sebastian Babeu 55, Nick Cervone 48, Jasper Basiliere 49.
BIRDIES -- Keegan (No. 3), Bonacquisti (No. 8).
Lenox 165, Monument 178
LENOX -- Cam Besse had two birdies and shot a 38 on the par-35 front nine at Cranwell Resort to lead the Millionaires to a win in the rain.
"Cam played very well," said Lenox coach Dick Salinetti. "He was very consistent under poor conditions. He had a really excellent round."
Thomas Villetto added a 40 for Lenox. Monument was led by dual 41s from Jeff Spratt and Dan Meandro.
LENOX (165) -- Thomas Villetto 40, Kris Vahle 42, Cam Besse 38, C.J. Meczywor 45, Patrick Conlon 45, Ben Epstein 48.
MONUMENT (178) -- Jeff Spratt 41, Dan Meandro 41, Owen Hunter 50, Olivia Grochmal 51, T.J. Shumsky 46, Kevin Murray 72.
BIRDIES -- Villetto (No. 2), Besse (No. 2, 8).
Monument 3, Taconic 1
PITTSFIELD -- The Spartans took the road victory, winning 25-17, 25-20, 22-25, 25-21.
Kelsey Marzotto led Monument with seven blocks and three kills while Angela Russell added eight digs, five aces and two kills. Nicole Keefner chipped in eight assists, two aces and four kills.
The Braves lost despite 14 kills and two blocks from Nyanna Slaughter. Alyssa Doerle added five kills and a block while Angela O’Neil had two kills and 15 assists. Braves coach Jen Doerle said service errors hurt her team.
"We’re having 10 or 12 every match," she said. "Just looking at the scores those are pretty close to what we lost by. We had a few passing errors at the end. Overall we’re playing better and working together."
NORTH ADAMS -- Minnechaug’s Sam Conway and Katie Matayer set course records for the new Windsor Lake course and led their respective teams to wins over the Hornets.
Minnechaug topped the McCann boys and girls, by identical 15-50 scores. Chicopee Comp beat the McCann boys 17-43, while beating the girls 15-44.
"I think having so many runners from Minnechaug really got into their heads," coach Todd Hamilton said. "They came out in 20th to 30th position at the beginning of the race. It does take its toll mentally."
Conway completed the course -- being run for just the third time -- in 15 minutes, 58 seconds. The top McCann finisher in the boys’ race was Nick Kordana, who was running his second-ever race. He finished 27th in 19:32. Justin Schneider (28th, 19:36) and Mitchell Garner (33rd, 21:05) rounded out the Hornets’ top three finishers.
On the girls’ side, Zoe Loughman’s 19th-place finish was tops for McCann. Sophia Oliveri (21st, 25:09) and Laura Netti (32nd, 27:26) were second and third across the line for McCann, respectively.
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