For the second time in five seasons, the Canton High boys golf team is among the top three teams in the CIAC’s Division IV golf championship tournament. In 2010, the Warriors brought home the only team trophy in the program’s history with a second place finish at the Division IV tournament.
On Wednesday, Canton didn’t bring home a trophy but they broke a school record with the lowest 18-hole score in the state tournament as the Warriors were a strong third at the Division IV tournament.
Morgan-Clinton beat Northwest Catholic of West Hartford in a three-hole playoff, 55-57 to win the state championship. Both schools shot 320 at Timberlin Golf Course in Berlin. Canton (11-5, 8-4 NCCC) shot a 329, sparked by junior Riley Hollis with a six-over-par 78.
Senior Parker Lyons shot a 80 while No. 1 player, junior Logan Anderson shot an 84. Junior Alex Olker shot an 87 while junior Jack Sullivan shot a 98.
Canton played well. Hollis had 10 pars on his 18-hole round along with Anderson. Lyons had nine pars while Olker had six.
It concludes a strong finish for the season for Canton, which finished fourth in the NCCC under long-time coach Bill Phelps. It was Canton’s first winning season since 2010.
Twice, Canton shot a 151 as a team in nine-hole dual meet competition in victories at Southwick (Mass.) Country Club and Elmcrest in East Longmeadow, Mass. Anderson was medalist four times while Lyons was a medalist twice. Hollis shared medalist honors once with Lyons.
At the NCCC tournament at Twin Hills Country Club, Canton was third with a team score of 311 – its lowest score since the NCCC began playing 18 holes at its conference tournament. Hollis finished tied for third with a 74 while Anderson, Lyons and Olker each shot a 79.
Avon was two strokes ahead in second place (309) while league champion Suffield won the tournament with a score of 303.
CIAC Division IV tournament
Top team results – 1. Morgan 320 (won 3-hole playoff, 55-57), 2. Northwest Catholic 320, 3. Canton 329, 4. Coventry 339, 5. Trinity Catholic 340, 6. Cromwell 341, 7. Valley Regional 343, 8. Portland and Thomaston 345, 10. Litchfield 348
Individual results – 1. Nicklaus Harrington, Parish Hill and Gabe Van Ness, Morgan 71 on par 72 Timberlin Country Club, 3. Spencer Salvas, Putnam 72, 4. Maxx Bugg, Morgan and Hunter Byram, Coventry 75, 6. Michael Jezierski, Tourtellotte, 76, 7. Thaddeus Link, NW Catholic 77, 8. Shane Fiala, Hale Ray, Riley Hollis, Canton and Demitrios Yao, NW Catholic 78
Avon takes fifth in Division II
All season long, the Avon High boys golf team has been a balanced team. Led by its No. 4 and No. 5 golfers, the Falcons finished fifth at the CIAC Division II tournament at Fairview Farms in Harwinton.
Junior Zach Mateja led Avon with a two-over-par 74, good enough to share fourth place in the tournament. Mateja was the No. 4 seeded golfer for the Falcons. Avon’s No. 5 golfer, freshman Matthew Avery, finished tied for seventh with a three-over-par 75.
No. 1 golfer, sophomore Matthew Husted, shot a 79, while senior Jordan Levine shot an 87 and junior Matthew Bergman shot an 89.
New Canaan and Notre Dame-West Haven shared the Division II championship with a 306 with Darien and Pomperaug finishing tied for third with a team score of 310. Avon was fifth with 314. That’s only two strokes off the school record for lowest 18-hole score in a state tournament. Avon had a 312 at last year’s Division II tournament.
It’s Avon’s fourth top five finish in the last five seasons. The Falcons were tied for fourth last year, third in 2011 and second in 2010.
CIAC Division II tournament
Top team results – 1. New Canaan and Notre Dame-West Haven 306, 3. Darien and Pomperaug 310, 5. Avon 314, 6. Wethersfield and Hand 316, 8. Berlin 326, 9. Guilford 328, 10. East Lyme 335.
Individual results – 1. Ramsey Kong, North Haven 68 at par 72 Fairview Farms, 2. Brian Carlson, Hand and John VanDerLaan, Pomperaug 72, 4. Eric Austin, Notre Dame-WH and Zach Mateja, Avon 73, 6. Michael VanDerLaan, Pomperaug 74, 7. Matthew Avery, Avon, Justin Clark, New Canaan, Boynton Daniel, Notre Dame-WH 75, 10. Kyle Finnican, New Canaan, Austin Forauer, Berlin, Mac Koorbusch, Darien, Zach Kosakowski, East Lyme, Elias Litchman, New Canaan 76