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Panthers’ Elliott is state runner-up

Pioneer Valley junior James Elliot tees off on the sixth hole at Hickory Ridge Golf Course in Amherst to start play in the Western Mass Div. 3 Tournament on Monday.
KEVIN GUTTING

Pioneer Valley junior James Elliot tees off on the sixth hole at Hickory Ridge Golf Course in Amherst to start play in the Western Mass Div. 3 Tournament on Monday. KEVIN GUTTING

Monday was supposed to be the exclamation point to a fantastic career for two-time Western Massachusetts Individual champion Cody Booska.

Uh-ah! It was instead a coming-out party of sorts for friend James Elliott.

A Pioneer Valley Regional School junior, Elliott finished as the runner-up in the MIAA State Division III Golf Championships at Wyantencuk Country Club in Great Barrington.

Elliott, who finished in a three-way second-place tie at 79 in the WMass tourney a week ago, played brilliantly all afternoon and carded a 2-over 72 on the 6,200-yard layout in the picturesque southern Berkshires.

Elliott wound up in a four-way playoff with Curtis Bourque of Douglas High School, Will Bertelson of Weston High School and Paul Parrish of Dover-Sherborn Regional High School.

Bertelson and Parrish both bogeyed the first playoff hole to tie for third, leaving Elliott and Bourque to decide the individual title. After tying the second and third playoff holes, Elliott missed a 5-foot par putt and Bourque knocked in a 2-footer to win the playoff.

It was a minor surprise Elliott even made it into the playoff, as he made a 20-foot par putt on his last hole to clinch a spot.

Booska, meanwhile, struggled with a nightmarish back nine and slipped to an 83, which put him in a tie for 29th place.

Weston continued its dominance in the team competition, finishing at 301 to capture its fourth championship in seven seasons. That 301 was a whopping nine strokes better than runner-up Dover-Sherborn. Western Mass. champion Lee High School posted a 326 for sixth place overall, while WMass runner-up Hopkins Academy wound up in 12th at 343.

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Mahar Regional School’s Zack Adams fired a 5-over 77 and tied for eighth overall in the MIAA Division II Tournament Monday at Blackstone National Golf Club in Sutton.

Frontier Regional School, last week’s WMass runner-up, finished with a team score of 352 to place ninth overall.

Nathan Patterson led the Red Hawks with an 81. Torsten Nelson carded an 87, Ben Ruddock shot a 91, and Alex Smiarowski rounded out the team score with a 93.

Concord-Carlisle Regional High School had four players in the 70s to post a an impressive 303 and win the team title. George May of Masconomet Regional High School captured the individual crown with a 73.

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