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Vikings win state golf title

  • The Mascenic golf team competed in the NHIAA Division IV tournament on Saturday at Canterbury Woods. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic golf team competed in the NHIAA Division IV tournament on Saturday at Canterbury Woods. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic golf team competed in the NHIAA Division IV tournament on Saturday at Canterbury Woods. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic golf team competed in the NHIAA Division IV tournament on Saturday at Canterbury Woods. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Mascenic’s George Lisio putts on the first green at Canterbury Woods on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • The Mascenic golf team competed in the NHIAA Division IV tournament on Saturday at Canterbury Woods. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic golf team competed in the NHIAA Division IV tournament on Saturday at Canterbury Woods. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic golf team competed in the NHIAA Division IV tournament on Saturday at Canterbury Woods. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic golf team competed in the NHIAA Division IV tournament on Saturday at Canterbury Woods. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic golf team competed in the NHIAA Division IV tournament on Saturday at Canterbury Woods. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic golf team competed in the NHIAA Division IV tournament on Saturday at Canterbury Woods. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic golf team competed in the NHIAA Division IV tournament on Saturday at Canterbury Woods. Staff photo by Ben Conant—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

After a while, you don’t really hear the shots.

Sure, it can be a bit distracting at Canterbury Woods, trying to tee off with the cacophony of a shooting range right next door.

“When [the shots] first started up, it was a little bit distracting,” said Mascenic’s Justin Smith, after finishing up his second round. “We heard it so much today that it doesn’t really faze you after a while.”

The Vikings hit all of their own big shots on Thursday, riding a division-best 77 from Anthony Andronaco to win the Division IV championship.

“It was exciting,” said Smith, “very, very exciting... Our team scores throughout the season were very close, the averages were very close, so just getting to states was a battle.”

Andronaco’s 77 was two up on Moultonborough’s Bailey Jensen and Newport’s Gabe Edwards for Thursday’s best. Also scoring for Mascenic and making the cut for Saturday were George Lisio (85), Ethan Bilodeau (90), Justin Smith (90), and Evan Martel (91). Kolby Lampinen’s 99 wasn’t enough to make the cut, but it didn’t matter for the team championship, as Mascenic edged White Mountains 342-364.

Saturday, though, was a different story. Smith and Martel struggled with their putting.

“Definitely my short game got worse,” Smith said. “Thursday I played pretty well, made a lot of one-putts; today, that was not the case.”

Bilodeau and Lisio played well enough to tie for 7th at 175.

Andronaco maintained his two-stroke lead until deep into Saturday’s action, but he encountered some difficulty at Hole 15, where he found a hazard and then hit into the woods. That was enough for White Mountains’ Braxton Brown to pull away. Brown won the individual championship at 159. Andronaco finished second at 163.

Mascenic’s entire team — mostly juniors — is expected to return next season.

Division III

After shooting an 85 on Thursday, Conant’s Nick Germano didn’t have the same luck at Owl’s Nest on Saturday, with his score ballooning up to a 105. His 190 cumulative was good for 15th in the division, which Derryfield’s Gunnar Senatore won with a 155.

Division II

ConVal’s newly reformed golf team did not compete at the varsity level this season, but that didn’t stop Ben Garfinkle from entering the individual competition. Garfinkle went up to Rochester Country Club, where he shot a +26 98 and failed to make the cut for the second round.