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Bow golf crushes field for second straight Division III title; Hopkinton third in Division IV

  • Bow's Doug Champagne watches his drive on the 10th hole during the Division III and IV golf championships at Ridgewood Country Club in Moultonborough on Thursday, October 10, 2013.

    Bow's Doug Champagne watches his drive on the 10th hole during the Division III and IV golf championships at Ridgewood Country Club in Moultonborough on Thursday, October 10, 2013.

  • Hopkinton's Max Legier tees off on the 11th hole during the Division III and IV golf championships at Ridgewood Country Club in Moultonborough on Thursday, October 10, 2013.

    Hopkinton's Max Legier tees off on the 11th hole during the Division III and IV golf championships at Ridgewood Country Club in Moultonborough on Thursday, October 10, 2013.

  • Hopkinton's Peter Benson (front) struggled during the Division III and IV golf championships at Ridgewood Country Club in Moultonborough on Thursday, October 10, 2013.

    Hopkinton's Peter Benson (front) struggled during the Division III and IV golf championships at Ridgewood Country Club in Moultonborough on Thursday, October 10, 2013.

  • Bow teammates Jake Rand and Doug Champagne chat while waiting to tee off at the 10th hole during the Division III and IV golf championships at Ridgewood Country Club in Moultonborough on Thursday, October 10, 2013.

    Bow teammates Jake Rand and Doug Champagne chat while waiting to tee off at the 10th hole during the Division III and IV golf championships at Ridgewood Country Club in Moultonborough on Thursday, October 10, 2013.

  • Division 3 and Division 4 golf championship at Ridgewood Country Club in Moultonborough on Thursday, October 10, 2013.

    Division 3 and Division 4 golf championship at Ridgewood Country Club in Moultonborough on Thursday, October 10, 2013.

  • Division 3 and Division 4 golf championship at Ridgewood Country Club in Moultonborough on Thursday, October 10, 2013.

    Division 3 and Division 4 golf championship at Ridgewood Country Club in Moultonborough on Thursday, October 10, 2013.

  • Division 3 and Division 4 golf championship at Ridgewood Country Club in Moultonborough on Thursday, October 10, 2013.

    Division 3 and Division 4 golf championship at Ridgewood Country Club in Moultonborough on Thursday, October 10, 2013.

  • Division 3 and Division 4 golf championship at Ridgewood Country Club in Moultonborough on Thursday, October 10, 2013.

    Division 3 and Division 4 golf championship at Ridgewood Country Club in Moultonborough on Thursday, October 10, 2013.

  • Bow's Doug Champagne watches his drive on the 10th hole during the Division III and IV golf championships at Ridgewood Country Club in Moultonborough on Thursday, October 10, 2013.
  • Hopkinton's Max Legier tees off on the 11th hole during the Division III and IV golf championships at Ridgewood Country Club in Moultonborough on Thursday, October 10, 2013.
  • Hopkinton's Peter Benson (front) struggled during the Division III and IV golf championships at Ridgewood Country Club in Moultonborough on Thursday, October 10, 2013.
  • Bow teammates Jake Rand and Doug Champagne chat while waiting to tee off at the 10th hole during the Division III and IV golf championships at Ridgewood Country Club in Moultonborough on Thursday, October 10, 2013.
  • Division 3 and Division 4 golf championship at Ridgewood Country Club in Moultonborough on Thursday, October 10, 2013.
  • Division 3 and Division 4 golf championship at Ridgewood Country Club in Moultonborough on Thursday, October 10, 2013.
  • Division 3 and Division 4 golf championship at Ridgewood Country Club in Moultonborough on Thursday, October 10, 2013.
  • Division 3 and Division 4 golf championship at Ridgewood Country Club in Moultonborough on Thursday, October 10, 2013.

MOULTONBOROUGH – Throughout the season, as the wins piled up for the Bow High golf team and medalist after medalist was crowned for match after match, the message from Coach Mike Seraikas never wavered. When the regular season ended without a loss and the Falcons surged into the state tournament with four of the best players in Division III, still, the coach didn’t back off the point he made sure he had hammered home to everyone on the team – as well as anyone prematurely congratulating them on another state championship.

“I didn’t let them get to the point where they could feel that this thing was a guaranteed win,” he said. “Until your last person comes in (from the course), anything can happen.”

It may sound like cautious coach-speak from a man at the helm of an undefeated team, but Seraikas’s objective was accomplished. The Falcons had been great all year. Yesterday, at Moultonborough’s Ridgewood Country Club, they were spectacular.

Bow (22-0) blew away the competition to secure its second straight title, scoring a 301 that easily beat Pelham (337), Mascenic (338), Gilford (339), Campbell (344), Kearsarge (357) and Laconia (367) and was the lowest score since 2009, when four scores instead of five started making up the final.

In Division IV, Derryfield repeated as champion with a 320, while Newport was second at 342 and was followed by Hopkinton (356), Inter-Lakes (366), Profile (372), White Mountains (375) and Moultonborough (382).

Bow’s low score is impressive, but it wasn’t unexpected – at least, not by the players who posted it.

“We talked on the bus and a couple of kids said, ‘Coach, we’re going to do 300 today,’ ” Seraikas said. “I knew we could (go low), and I’m happy we accomplished it. … It’s good to be able to carry through in a pressure situation like this. It’s a whole different story.

“These kids play competitive golf in the summer. They’re used to the pressure.”

The Falcons’ charge was led by a brilliant round from Josh Lacasse, who was the medalist in his final championship with a 2-under 70 – and who was actually 5-under after 13 holes.

“I got a few birdies early, just heated up and ran with it,” said the senior, whose 70 was the lowest score turned in across all four divisions playing yesterday. “I’ve only shot under par a handful of times, five times maybe. No better day to go under par than in the states.”

“Last year, he limped into the states with his swing,” Seraikas said. “He got into the second day (of the individual championship) and he just wasn’t swinging well. He came in the middle of the pack somewhere. This year, he didn’t do that. … You can see what difference a year makes.”

The rest of Bow’s scoring players also broke 80, with Jeremy Duhamel (76), Jake Rand (77) and Doug Champagne (78) following next in a group that also included Trevor Garrett (83), Sam Morrow (88) and Colin Plumb (92). Duhamel, Rand and Champagne joined Lacasse in qualifying for tomorrow, the second round of the individual championship.

“We knew going into this year that we were going to be a very good team and a very hard team to beat,” Duhamel said. “There’s satisfaction in playing the way you should.”

Kearsarge was led by Andy Arnold, who carded an impressive 74, and Lucas Muzzey, who shot 81 and also qualified for tomorrow, while Bailey Kane (100) and Connor Shannon (102) also scored for the Cougars. Winnisquam’s Jordan Dahl (76) and Belmont’s Caleb Drouin (81) also qualified for the second round of the individual tournament.

DIVISION IV

Hopkinton’s third-place finish felt familiar, as the Hawks matched their result from a year ago – behind the same two teams, no less.

The level of satisfaction, however, was different. Hopkinton was thrilled with that finish last year, but Coach Jeff Cahill and his players eyed more this time.

“We just came up a little light, in terms of two other scores,” he said. “We were hoping for four scores in the mid-to-high 80s.”

There was no catching Derryfield, which put the finishing touches on a perfect season that included a 20-0 regular-season mark. Cahill had hopes for a runner-up finish for the Hawks, however, who were ranked second in the division at 18-3 and had defeated chief competitor Newport in both head-to-head matches this year.

The Tigers had the answer in the third chance, however, with five players shooting 90 or better while Hopkinton mustered only two.

“Newport’s too good to beat without showing up and playing some of our better golf,” Cahill said. “They had two really good scores (80 and 82) and they used two 90s. So it was there. To lose by 14 and not play our best golf is disappointing.”

Sam Winslow, the team’s No. 1 golfer, played up to his rank, pacing the Hawks with a 79 and qualifying for the individual championship’s second round.

“Sam absolutely came out and played,” Cahill said. “If he can do it again on Saturday, he’s definitely in the hunt to be individual champion. And I think he deserves it, ending his high school career as one of the best golfers that Hopkinton’s produced. Certainly on a short list.”

Max Legier (88), Evan O’Keeffe (94) and Jamison Crouch (95) rounded out the scorers for Hopkinton, with Legier qualifying for tomorrow. Even better for the Hawks, each player, as well as Peter Benson and Simeon Marklin, will return next year.

“It was a great year, 18-3 and we beat Newport twice in the regular season,” Cahill said. “It was very much a successful season. … We’re going to be very competitive once again next year.”

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