Franklin Tech finishes 3rd at WMass Div. 3 golf championship

  • Franklin Tech’€™s Mike McGoldrick tees off on the 14th hole during the Western Mass. Division III Championship at Agawam Municipal Golf Course on Tuesday. McGoldrick shot 89 and the Eagles finished fourth as a team. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 10/21/2019 9:09:03 PM
Modified: 10/21/2019 10:53:55 PM

After an undefeated regular season and a third straight Bi-County League West championship, the Franklin Tech golf team placed fourth at the WMass Division III Championship at Agawam Municipal Golf Course in Feeding Hills on Monday.

The Eagles shot a combined 368 at the par 71 Agawam Municipal course.

“We were pretty close to third,” Franklin Tech coach Sean Knightly said. “Our players wanted to play better, but I was happy with their effort. They weren’t happy. They wanted to win it like any other team.”

Mike McGoldrick had the best round for the Eagles with an 89, placing 14th out of 44 golfers. It was the second consecutive 89 for the senior in the WMass tournament, as he shot the same score last year as a junior.

Alex Sulda tied for 15th, finishing his day with a 90.

“Some days in golf you can be on and some days it just doesn’t work out,” Knightly said. “The kids were turning in their scorecards knowing it wasn’t their best day.”

Ware High School carded a 330 as a team to capture the Division 3 title.

Ware’s John Soltys was the tournament medalist with a 73, shooting the low round of the day.

“Ware was lights out today,” Knightly said. “(Soltys) had an outstanding day. He just keeps getting better and better.”

Right behind the Indians in second place was Lenox Memorial High School, combining for a 337. Brendan Hayden led the way with a 79, tying him for third individually.

Both Ware and Lenox advanced to next week’s Division III state tournament.

Mason Dumas of Monson High School shot a 75, good enough for individual runner-up honors.

Franklin Tech’s Ryan Artus was 20th overall, firing a 93 as the team’s No. 3 scorer. Anthony Zager shot a 96 to account for the fourth and final scoring spot. That number tied him for 22nd overall.

Nate Sciandra (24th) and Jacob Shaw (41st) rounded out the Eagles’ competitors on Monday.

Seven schools participated in the tournament: Monson was third (364), followed by Lee (fifth, 381), McCann Tech (sixth, 391) and Westfield Tech (seventh, 407).

Mount Everett’s Cooper Rothvoss tied for third with Hayden, while Smith Academy’s Daniel Cavanaugh took fifth with an 80.

Ware’s second individual finisher was Mason Harper, who wound up sixth with an 83.

Three players from Lenox tied for seventh, as Ben Haddad, Max Digrigoli and Max Shepherdson all shot 86.

There was a three-way tie for 10th with Doug Mulligan (Ware), Andrew Bonnayer (Ware) and Devan Patel (Lenox) all carding 87s.

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