Raptors Plus One To States
West Dover, Vt. — Rivendell Academy golf coach Justin Bonnett took in a stray this spring: With no team of his own, Oxbow High junior Chase Andrews became something of a Raptor, joining Bonnett’s squad for workouts and occasional matches, even if he couldn’t be a team member in good standing.
Instead, he’s been a competitor. And for one more tournament, a competitor he’ll stay.
Rivendell joined rival Mid Vermont Christian yesterday to advance to next week’s Vermont Principals Association state golf championship with a 1-2 finish at the Division III south sectional tournament at Mount Snow Country Club. The Raptors shot 336 to make states, where they have finished no worse that third in five of the past six years. MVCS shot 362 to take second to move on along with third-place Green Mountain (424) a week from today at Woodstock Country Club, which is hosting the state tourney for the first time.
Meanwhile, Andrews booked a spot for himself at states as an individual. Competing at the D-II north section tournament at St. Johnsbury Country Club, Andrews fired an 10-over 80 to finish second out of 34 golfers to join his Rivendell partners at Woodstock.
The Raptors’ Luke Bell shared the individual medal with the Eagles’ Henry Sherman at 3-over-par 75.
“We all played pretty well,” said Bell, Rivendell’s captain, in a phone interview. “We were expecting to be close with Mid Vermont and hoping for a chance to get to states, so we accomplished our goal.”
The Raptors followed Bell’s lead into states. Josh Marshall (81), Sam Kamel (87) and Alex Ussler (93) completed Rivendell’s team tally, with Ryan Landgraf (94) just missing out.
“I think we have a really good chance,” Bell said. “Mid Vermont will be tough. We don’t know the teams up north that well, but we know they can put up a good fight.”
Austin Sayers (78), Wyat Sherman (99) and James King (110) joined Henry Sherman in accumulating Mid Vermont’s tally. A young Windsor squad was sixth out of the seven competing schools, with Nick Witty’s 104 serving as the Yellowjackets’ low round.
Team scores: Rivendell 336, MVCS 362, Green Mountain 424, Poultney 463, Proctor 464, Windsor 467, Black River 475.
Heads to Finals
Rutland — The Wasps packed their four scoring players in a stretch of five strokes to comfortably advance out of the Vermont Division II south sectional tournament to the state championship they’ll host next week.
Woodstock took the third and final spot at states out of the five-school section, trailing Mount Abraham and Mill River. Carter Pratt (92), Joe Bianchi (95), Andrew Becker (95) and Charlie Kelly (97) produced the rounds that clinched the Wasps’ return to the finals, where they competed without posting a team score last June at Middlebury College’s Ralph Myhre Golf Course.
“We’re very happy; it wasn’t easy over there today,” Woodstock coach Jim Gunnare said. “The greens were really, really slick. We had some three-putts and a couple of four-putts out there. We had four guys in the 90s, and a couple could have made the 80s easily.”
Gunnare is optimistic playing states at Woodstock Country Club for the first time will be to the Wasps’ advantage. “When they play our course in home matches, they know when they have to keep the drive in the bag and 3-wood and 5-wood off the tee,” Gunnare noted. “They know it’s a position golf course and the greens aren’t as severe as they are at Rutland.”
Mount Abe’s Jonah Scott won in the individual medal with a 1-over-par 72. Woodstock will host the three-division state finals at Woodstock Country Club a week from today.
Team scores: Mount Abraham 349, Mill River 375, Woodstock 379, Springfield 395, Fair Haven 456.
Qualifies for States
Stowe, Vt. — Playing as an individual, Randolph’s Zach Shaw qualified for next week’s state championship by finishing fourth at yesterday’s Division III north sectional tournament at Stowe Country Club.
Shaw checked in at 25-over 97, finishing six shots behind medalist Pascal Schmitt of Stowe. Randolph’s other individual competitor, Vaughn Keenhold, shot 112 to miss the cut.
Stowe’s J.J. Clark (93) took second, with Northfield’s Michael Passalacqua third (95). Northfield’s Jeremy Quelch and Peoples’ Jack Clewes and Tyler Fitzgerald tied for fifth at 99. All five will join their teams at next week’s state tournament at Woodstock.
Team scores: Peoples 400, Stowe 400, Northfield 414, Hazen 455.
Hartford Falls Short
Manchester, Vt. — The Hurricanes came up 10 strokes short of making their return to the state finals, falling in the Division I south sectional at the Golf Club at Equinox in which only three schools posted team scores.
Mak Lyford (76) and Zach Temple (77) both played well on the par-71 layout at the Equinox Resort in an event won by Rutland’s Drake Hull (72). Mike Follensbee (84) and Chris Bateman (85) also counted toward Hartford’s team tally, while the Canes’ Jackson Dwyer shot 87.
Host Burr & Burton shared the team win with pre-tournament favorite Rutland to reach next week’s state championship. Mount Anthony sent only two competitors to the sectional and didn’t post a team score.
Team scores: Burr & Burton 312, Rutland 312, Hartford 322.