MVRHS golfers place seventh in state

Vineyarders play in state finals for fifth time in seven years.


The MVRHS golf team capped off another outstanding season with a seventh-place finish at the MIAA State Division 3 finals Monday at Black Swan Country Club in Georgetown. The Vineyarders qualified for the finals for the fifth time in seven years, and did their best, battling through wet conditions in Georgetown. “I was pleased with the result,” Vineyard Coach Doug DeBettencourt said. “We have a young team. The course was almost underwater, very wet. The team hung in there very well. I was extremely pleased with the year that we had.”

And what a year it was. The Vineyarders won the Cape and Islands League championship in the first year of competition, with a 14-2 record after moving from the Eastern Athletic Conference. Then they went on and won the Division 3 Cape and Islands (South) Sectional at Dennis Highlands, beating out 12 other schools, including former EAC rival Bishop Stang, to do it. “Winning the sectional was just amazing,” Coach DeBettencourt said. “That was so good for them.”

Finally, on Monday, the Vineyarders added a seventh-place finish in the state finals to 10th, ninth-, second-, and fourth-place finishes in the their four previous visits. Andrew Marchand led MV by shooting an 84. Pete Gillis shot an 86, Benny Binder had an 87, and Aiden Marek carded a 93. David Krauthamer and Cam Geary rounded out the Vineyard lineup in Georgetown.

In the State D3 Individual Tournament, Marchand finished tied for 26th, and Gillis tied for 30th among 86 golfers.