Golfers win 2nd straight Hock championshipBy Mike Berger
For the second consecutive year, the CHS golf team has won the Hockomock League championship, beating several other teams that had surpassed them in the standings.
“Considering the league has added three more teams, including two in the large school division and two in the small school division, this is quite an achievement,” said head coach Jim Spillane.
“We didn’t have high expectations going into this, but we are playing very well right now,” added Spillane. “To do this two years in a row is amazing.”
Canton, which finished with an overall record of 9-5 and either second or third in the Davenport Division, has qualified for the Division 3 south sectional tournament and will send its six best golfers to participate in a 14-team match this week.
If Canton succeeds in having one of the three lowest team scores, the Bulldogs will move on to the state finals next week. Canton’s top six golfers are Sam Riemer, Brian Brooks, Sam Hrubec, JC Marcone, Rich Nee, and Gavin Monagle.
The Hockomock League played its 18-hole championship match at the Granite Links golf course in Quincy, and each team sent its three best golfers. Spillane said it was a beautiful course but very challenging. “You really have to have a strategy for each hole,” he said.
Par for 18 holes is 72, and Riemer, a junior, finished second overall in the tournament with a score of 76. Brooks, also a junior, finished fourth overall with a 79, and Marcone, a senior, finished ninth overall with an 84. Spillane said that Brooks’ score was the difference and swung the match in favor of the Bulldogs.
Taunton finished in second place while teams like Sharon and Oliver Ames, which both beat Canton earlier this year, finished much lower in the championship match.
The Bulldogs ended the regular season winning four of its final five matches to end at 9-5. The only loss in this streak came against Oliver Ames (157-156) at the Pine Oaks Golf Course in Easton. With a par 34, Canton had three golfers at 39 — Hrubec, Brooks, and Mike Breviglia — followed by Marcone with a 40.
“These are very good scores on an opposing team’s course,” said Spillane. “They were just one stroke better.”
Canton beat Mansfield, the leader in the Hockomock’s Kelly-Rex Division, 160-166 at home with Riemer and Brooks each scoring a 38, followed by Monagle with a 40 and Breviglia with a 44.
The Bulldogs ended the regular season beating Attleboro on their home course 163-171. Riemer shot one over par with a 37, followed by Brooks with a 40 and Hrubec and Marcone with a 43.
When asked his expectations for the south sectional match, Spillane said, “We are as talented as most of them. Anything can happen. We are peaking at just the right time.”
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