MVRHS golfers close, but miss out on state finals

Pete Gillis qualifies for state individual finals.

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The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS) golf team came up four strokes short of a return trip to the State Division 3 Finals, after placing third at the D3 Cape and Islands Sectionals, Monday at Dennis Highlands Golf Course in Dennis.

The top two teams qualified for the State Finals next Monday at Cranberry Valley in Harwich. Bishop Stang won with a score of 324, and Mashpee claimed the second spot with a 328. 

The Vineyarders came into the sectionals as the defending Cape and Islands champions, and shot a combined 332 (top four scores), two strokes better than their winning score of 334 last year. Nantucket was fourth at 356.

Tri-captain Pete Gillis carded a 77 to lead the Vineyarders, and finished third best overall to clinch one of the seven individual places available at Cranberry Valley. Fellow junior and captain Andrew Marchand shot an 82, as did freshman Ryan Harding, with the duo tying for ninth overall. Liam Marek, another freshman, shot 91 to complete the top four Vineyard totals. Rounding out the six team scores were junior and captain Aiden Marek (93) and freshman Nick BenDavid (97).

Mashpee sophomore Colin Spencer shot the low score of the day with a 72.

The Vineyarders finished the season with a record of 11-4-1. With no seniors on the current roster, Coach Doug DeBettencourt could have every player returning in 2020, a nice luxury.

“Although the team was disappointed, I feel we had a really strong season. We just came up a little short at the end,” he said.