Monadnock Ledger-Transcript – Golf: Hakala first, Vikings second at state golf championships

Monadnock Ledger – Transcript

Posted: 12/10/2022 12:23:24

Sophomore Josiah Hakala’s best score helped propel the Vikings to a second-place finish at the NHIAA Division IV golf tournament at Omni Mount Washington Resort Golf Course in Bretton Woods on Tuesday.

Hakala shot a -3 69, two shots better than closest competitor Mitch Cormier of Fall Mountain (71); both had five round-high birdies that day.

Mascenic entered the tournament with just one regular-season loss to Hopkinton, and it looked like the Vikings and Hawks would battle it out for first place again; Hopkinton was the last team to dominate Mascenic in a state championship tournament, in 2018. But once the freeze advisory was lifted and golfers hit the course past snow-capped Mount Washington in all its splendor, it was Woodsville of the North Country that came into being.

Led by Horne’s 77, the Engineers’ top four scores stood at 312, four shots ahead of the Vikings, who took second place ahead of the Hawks, who scored 323.

The Vikings’ bid for a third straight tag team title was not to be, but they will send Hakala and rookie Brody Shaw (86) to Saturday’s Individual Championship at Concord’s Beaver Meadow, where Hakala will be favored to repeat as champion. State.

Mascenic also got strong performances from Tyrus Krook (86), Rowen Vautour (93), Casey Brox (99) and Thomas Edgar (100).

Conant was also in action at the DIV Tournament after a 24-3 regular season. The Orioles are a team where any of their rosters could challenge for first place on the team on any given day, and on Tuesday it was their No. 2 golfer, Montana Niemela, who had the best day, shooting an 87 to help Conant take seventh as a team.

Braedon Dion (90), Chance Desrosier (92), Marcus Somero (94), Draven Seppala (94) and Kaiden Charron (102) also played well for the Orioles.

Back in Windham, the ConVal golf team was in action at the Division III tournament at Windham Country Club, where the Cougars finished in last place but had cause to celebrate as it was the first time they had had qualified for the tag team tournament since returning to the NHIAA. varsity play several years ago.

Senior Wyatt Burbank, as expected, was ConVal’s best golfer, shooting an 81(+9) to lead the Cougars and finish third in the division behind champion Souhegan’s top two Nick Nowak (74) and Matt Canavan (80). ). Burbank also earned a spot in Saturday’s Individual Championship.

Kermit Pope (112), Owen Conway (118), Kiernan King (122), Noah Stewart (125), Daniel McCall (128) and Caden Robbins (128) were also competing for ConVal.