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Falcons Dynasty: Bow High golf wins seventh D-III title in nine years

  • Hopkinton’s Ryan Metzger drives off the fairway during the Division III golf championship tournament at Derryfield Country Club in Manchester on Tuesday. ALLIE ST PETER / Monitor staff

  • Hopkinton’s Kody Dexter winding up at Tuesdays DIII championship golf tournament ALLIE ST PETER—Monitor Staff

  • Amelia Soucy driving for Bow at Tuesdays DIII golf championship tournament ALLIE ST PETER—Monitor Staff

  • Hopkinton’s Joe Yanzo Teeing off during Tuesdays DIII golf championship tournament ALLIE ST PETER—Monitor Staff

  • Bow’s Justin Murphy watching his ball after finishing a swing at the DIII golf championship tournament ALLIE ST PETER—Monitor Staff

  • Matt Lamy driving for Bow at Tuesday’s DIII golf championship tournament ALLIE ST PETER—Monitor Staff

Monitor staff
Published: 10/21/2020 6:18:04 PM

Nineteen teams and 95 golfers traveled to Manchester on Tuesday for the Division III championships. Most of the kids had dreams of finishing in the top 20 to qualify for the individual tournament Sunday. A few of the schools felt like they had a shot to win the team title.

Bow was playing for all that and then some, and the Falcons knew it.

“I think there’s always a lot of nerves going into a state championship, but I think all of us were excited because we knew if we all played to our full potential we had a really good shot at winning it,” Bow sophomore Cam Evans said. “It was tough last year when we lost by just a few strokes to Derryfield. We kind of flipped the script today on Stevens, so it was a little bit of a relief.”

All four of the Falcons’ scoring golfers finished in the Top 20, and they put together a total score of 322 to beat out Stevens (332) and Derryfield (339) and claim the team title. Not only did Bow achieve the individual and team goals that every team and player was aiming for when they arrived at Derryfield Country Club, the Falcons also got a touch of redemption from last year’s runner-up finish, and they extended their program’s dynasty by winning a seventh title in the last nine years: 2012-16, 2018, 2020.

Bow freshman Hunter Duncan finished third overall with a 5-over 75. Evans took sixth with a 78, junior Matt Lamy was 11th after shooting an 81 and senior Justin Murphy carded an 88 to wind up tied for 18th as one of the final three players to make the cut for Sunday’s individual-portion of the tournament at Concord Country Club. Bow’s fifth golfer, Amelia Soucy (99), already played in the girls’ individual and finished 11th, so every Falcon who could have qualified to play on Sunday did.

“That’s a pretty awesome day,” Bow coach Matt Davis said. “They worked really hard over the course of the season and I’m super happy for all of them, especially Justin, this being his senior year. He’s done a ton of work over the course of the summer and his work paid off today, for sure.”

Not only were the Falcons playing for extra stakes, they also had an extra scare about a potential cancellation. Bow High was shut down last Friday after a student tested positive for COVID and the athletic events scheduled for that day and the weekend were all canceled. But the Falcons were allowed to play on Tuesday as the golf regular season concluded in a year where nothing was certain.

“I think a lot of the credit for this season goes to all of the planning that happened ahead of time, but I also think a lot of it goes to the kids, too,” Davis said. “They have been so great about making sure they’re doing all the right stuff. As coaches we haven’t really had to say, ‘Make sure you have masks on, make sure you socially distance.’ They’ve done it without having to be told to do it.”

Fall Mountain’s Mitchell Cormier and Laconia’s Evan Rollins both shot 71 on Tuesday to tie for the low score. That gives them a four-shot lead on Duncan heading into Sunday’s individuals in Concord and a five-shot lead on Pelham’s Russel Hamel, the defending champ. Duncan is a member at Concord Country Club and even recorded a hole-in-one there this fall.

“I’m feeling good about going to individuals and hopefully I can get a top spot, that’s my goal,” Duncan said.

The Bow freshman had four bogeys on his first nine holes on Tuesday, but he had just one on his final nine to go along with eight pars.

“My irons weren’t going the best,” Duncan said, “but my wedges were just on point and I was getting up and down all over the place and two-putting or one-putting everything.”

Evans was 7-over after his first eight holes (Nos. 2-9 after a shotgun start), but he had a solid drive and putt on No. 10 to record a par, and he took off from there, carding six pars and a birdie on his next seven holes.

“I ended up having the best back nine of my life,” Evans said. “To do that really put a smile on my face.”

Bishop Brady finished fifth overall with a team total of 350. The Giants will send one golfer, Chris Grimbilas, to Sunday’s individuals after he shot a 79 to tie for seventh. Brady’s other scorers were Kate Shoemaker (89), Isabella Payne (90) and Ben Boyer (92).

Hopkinton’s Kody Dexter carded an 80 to tie for ninth overall and lead the Hawks to a seventh-place team finish (357). Hal Stokes (89), Evan Fairneny (92) and Ryan Metzger (96) also scored for Hopkinton, which was the 2019 D-IV runner-up and 2018 D-IV champ.

Cole Smith (93) had the best score for Coe-Brown, which finished 15th as a team. And Colin Warecki (106) had the top score for John Stark, which was 19th.

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