Derryfield edges Bow for D-III golf championship

  • Bow High senior Jake Mielcarz hits out of the sand trap and on to the 15th green at the Mount Washington Resort Golf Club during Tuesday’s Division III championships as Derryfield’s Colin McCaigue watches. Mielcarz birdied the hole and finished with a round of 74, good for third overall. Bow, the defending champs, finished with a team total of 325 to take second place behind Derryfield, which carded a 320. McCaigue finished fourth with a 75. TIM O’SULLIVAN / Monitor staff

  • Bow High senior Jake Mielcarz putts for birdie on the 15th hole at the Mount Washington Resort Golf Club during Tuesday’s Division III championships as Pelham’s Russell Hamel (left) and Stevens’s Finn Allen (right) watch. Mielcarz made the putt and finished with a round of 74, good for third overall. Bow, the defending champs, finished with a team total of 325 to take second place behind Derryfield, which carded a 320. Hamel finished with a 72, the lowest score of the day. TIM O’SULLIVAN / Monitor staff

  • Bow High sophomore Matt Lamy tees off on the 18th hole at the Mount Washington Resort Golf Club during Tuesday’s Division III championships as Derryfield’s Gunnar Senatore waits. Lamy finished in sixth place with an 81 and Bow, the defending champs, finished with a team total of 325 to take second place behind Derryfield, which carded a 320. Seantore finished second overall with a with a 73. TIM O’SULLIVAN / Monitor staff

  • Bow High freshman Cam Evans approaches a putt on the 15th hole at the Mount Washington Resort Golf Club during Tuesday’s Division III championships. Evans shot 87, good for 18th overall, as Bow, the defending champs, finished with a team total of 325 to take second place behind Derryfield, which carded a 320. TIM O’SULLIVAN / Monitor staff

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Published: 10/15/2019 9:40:28 PM

BRETTON WOODS – Bow had won six of the last seven Division III golf titles, and the Falcons brought a 28-2 record with them to Tuesday’s D-III championships at the Mount Washington Resort Golf Club. But they didn’t feel like the team to beat, not with 30-0 Derryfield there.

“Derryfield was definitely the favorite to win, I think we had a chance, but they’re very good,” Bow’s Jake Mielcarz said. “It’s a little disappointing, obviously you want to go out with a win senior year, but we know second is still good.”

It was a close second for the Falcons, who finished with a 325 to Derryfield’s 320. Plymouth was a distant third at 347.

The Cougars have now won 10 NHIAA golf championships – six in Class M-S (1998-99, 2002-05), two in D-IV (2012-13) and two in D-III (2017, 2019). Derryfield rolled past Bow when the two teams met early in the season, 99-81 using the Stableford scoring system, but things were much closer (82-79) when they played again on Oct. 2.

“In our most recent match with Derryfield we only lost by a few points, so all of our players believed it would be really tight today and that it could go either way,” Bow coach Matt Davis said, “but Derryfield squeaked it out today.”

Mielcarz led the Bow scorers with a 2-over 74, good for third overall. Sophomore Matt Lamy tied for sixth with an 81, Senior CJ Smethurst tied for ninth with an 83 and freshman Cam Evans shot 87, good for 18th. All four golfers made the cut for Sunday’s individual championships, which will be held at Beaver Meadow Golf Club.

“They performed really well,” Davis said. “Jake went low with a 74, CJ Smethurst had a nice round and Matt Lamy with an 82 was a good score. They really stepped up.”

Derryfield was led by Gunnar Senatore, the 2017 D-III individual champ who was second on Tuesday with a 73, and Colin McCaigue, who tied for fourth with a 75. Samuel Hines (85) and Madison Molina (87) also scored for the Cougars.

“Colin and Gunnar aren’t going to mess up that much, we know that coming in,” Mielcarz said. “Colin is going to Middlebury and Gunnar is going to Hamilton, so having two college commits makes (Derryfield) pretty hard to beat.”

Mielcarz, who also plans on playing college golf, had to overcome a rough start to finish in the top three. He bogeyed the first two holes, and three of the first five, on the Donald Ross-designed course.

“It was a horrible start,” Mielcarz said.

The senior turned things around on the back nine with a birdie on the par-5 10th hole, an eagle out of the sand on the par-4 13th and a birdie on the par-5 15th that also included a nice shot from the beach.

“My sand game gets me going,” Mielcarz said. “I think it’s my strong suit, if you had to really narrow one down.”

Lamy was also much better on the back nine, shooting a 3-over 39 after carding a 6-over 42 on the front. Smethurst (41 on the front, 42 on the back) and Evans (44 on the front, 43 on the back) were consistent throughout.

“It was a great season, it was very enjoyable,” Davis said. “Our leadership from our top players trickled down to our younger players, and that’s going to pay dividends down the road.”

Bishop Brady was the other local team to qualify, and the Green Giants finished with a 367. Matt Wiley led the Giants with an 88, which puts him in Sunday’s individual event. Matt Cherian (90), Chris Grimbilas (91) and Ben Boyer (98) also scored for Brady.

Pelham’s Russell Hamel was the low scorer with a 72, but the Pythons, who were 28-2 during the regular season, finished fourth with a 351. Sanborn (358), Stevens (362) and Gilford (363) rounded out the top seven teams.

(Tim O’Sullivan can be reached at 369-3341 or tosullivan@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @timosullivan20)


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