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High schools: Locals fall short in individual golf tourneys at Beaver Meadow

  • The view from the tee box of the 14th hole at Beaver Meadow Golf Course, the Hole of the Week. July 20, 2016 (JENNIFER MELI / Monitor Staff)

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Published: 10/20/2019 8:08:38 PM

The Hopkinton golf team never got the chance to defend its title, but that didn’t mean a couple of Hawks players still couldn’t finish off the season with a trophy.

Rounding out the season with the individual championships Sunday afternoon at Beaver Meadow Golf Course, Hopkinton teammates Dan Miner and Kody Dexter made a surge to the top of the leaderboard, but ultimately fell shy of the Division IV crown, finishing fifth and sixth, respectively.

Miner carded a 90 on the par-72 course, while Dexter finished in a tie for sixth with Moultonborough’s Thomas Hickey at 19-over 91. Trinity’s Matt Simmons won the championship after going low for a 79.

“I think it played out about how I thought from watching this season,” Hopkinton coach Dave Chase said. “There’s some decent golfers in Division IV, and I think Dan and Kody both were a little bit tight at the start, maybe a little nervous and had a couple of holes that weren’t characteristic. But I thought they rebounded and both played very well on the back nine.”

The Hawks (18-2), who won the program’s only team title last season, had their eyes set on a repeat performance this fall, but both the Division IV and II tournaments were canceled last week due to weather. The championships were instead awarded to the teams with the best record during the regular season.

“It was hard, but on the flip side, I understand it. My kids I think understand it.” Chase said. “I’m just sad for our players not to have the opportunity to defend our championship.”

Miner opened his round Sunday with a 47, but grew stronger as the match went on highlighted by a beautiful entry shot onto the green of the No. 4 hole that resulted in birdie putt. Dexter wasn’t far behind, and could have finished in the low 80s if not for a couple of blowup holes.

“If you get rid of those (bad scores), Kody is knocking right on the door and that’s pretty impressive for a sophomore. I think he’s going to make some noise here next year or the year after for sure,” Chase said. “These guys both had great seasons for us.”

Beaver Meadow played host to the individual championships across all four divisions on a busy final day of the golf season.

Nashua North’s Bryce Zimmerman claimed the Division I crown by firing a 2-under 142 to edge Hanover’s Jack Meehan and Salem’s Evan Desjardins, who both shot even par. Concord High’s Cam Brown was the top local finisher, coming in at 19th with a 172.

Division II featured a close race at the top with St. Thomas Aquinas teammates Owen Himmer (5-over 77) and Juan Monckeberg (78) finishing 1-2. Kennett’s Ben Dougherty took third overall at 79. Pembroke Academy’s Nate Wood tied for 14th at 96.

Pelham’s Russell Hamel ran away with the title in Division III after shooting 1-under 143. Laconia’s Evan Rollins (147), Derryfield’s Colin McCaigue (150), Bow’s Jake Mielcarz (151) and Derryfield’s Gunnar Senatore (161) rounded out the top five.

Other local finishers included Bow’s Matthew Lamy (sixth, 166), Cam Evans (tied 16th, 180), CJ Smethurst (tied 16th, 180) and Bishop Brady’s Matt Wiley (18th, 185).

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