Martha’s Vineyard golfers bow out in state tourney

Brendan Maseda drives off the first tee against Bishop Feehan earlier this season. — File photo by Ralph Stewart

The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School golfers traveled to Easton Country Club on Tuesday afternoon to play in the MIAA Division 2 South Sectional tournament.

The Vineyarders came into the state tourney with an 11-9 record. To advance in the tournament, which included 11 other schools, Coach Doug Debettencourt’s team faced a formidable task. They had to finish in the top two.

Six players made the trip to Easton: Mike deBettencourt, sister Kat deBettencourt, Matt Marchand, Brendan Maseda, Justin Smith, and Mike Piland. The players represented the Island well, but they fell short of the improbable goal as powerhouses Sandwich (305) and Duxbury (307) took first and second place to move on.

The Vineyarders shot a combined score of 328, taken from the totals of the four lowest individual rounds of 18 holes. Mike deBettencourt had the low Vineyard score of 78. Matt Marchand and Brendan Maseda were tied for second at 81, followed by Justin Smith at 88. Kat deBettencourt shot an 89 and Mike Piland carded a 90.

Although the team failed to advance, coach Debettencourt and his players took the time to enjoy the tournament experience by staying overnight and having a good team dinner out prior to the event.

The Vineyarders played their final regular season match on October 18 at Vineyard Golf Club and defeated Cape Tech of Harwich in a match play format, 36-18.

Next season, the Vineyard golfers will move down to Division 3. The decision is based on the male enrollment in member schools. This season, the Vineyard’s Eastern Athletic Conference rival Bishop Stang and Nantucket advanced in the division 3 tourney. The Vineyarders defeated Stang twice in the regular season.