MVRHS golfers are Cape and Islands champs

Finn Simpkins, at Vineyard Golf Club in the final regular season match October 11, tied for fourth place with Zak Dans to help M.V. edge Monomoy in the playoff tie-breaker. — File photo by Ralph Stewart

The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School golf team had to win five of its final six matches to qualify for the state tournament. In one memorable afternoon Monday at Dennis Highlands Country Club, the Vineyarders made the utmost of their opportunity, topping the field of 11 schools to win the MIAA Division 3 South Sectional (Cape and Islands) championship. With the stunning victory, the Vineyarders advanced with nine other schools to play in the MIAA Division 3 state finals on Monday, October 28, at the Wyantenuck Country Club in Great Barrington. The trip to the state finals is the first for MVRHS in Doug DeBettencourt’s 10 years as coach.

The Vineyarders booked their place in the Berkshires along with Monomoy High School of Harwich. The teams finished regulation play tied for first place at 316, beating out Nantucket by two strokes. The top four scores of six are used to calculate the final tally. Ben Lukowitz carded a 75 to lead the Vineyarders. Matt Marchand shot a 79, while fellow senior co-captain Kat deBettencourt shot an 80. The key for the Vineyarders proved to be a tie for fourth place between Finn Simpkins and Zak Danz, each of whom shot 82. With a regulation draw, the tie-breaker goes to the team with the lowest fifth place score. Monomoy’s was 86, giving M.V. the championship. Kaitlyn Marchand rounded out the Vineyard six with a 87.

“Really amazing,” coach DeBettencourt said after the win, “It was, by far, our best showing of the year. The seniors really led us shooting.”