Franklin Tech’s Miller wins PVIAC crown
Franklin County Technical School golfer Troy Miller has been on a hot streak and his success continued Monday during the inaugural PVIAC Individual Tournament at Cold Spring Country Club in Belchertown.
Miller shot a three-over 74 and won the event by a stroke over East Longmeadow High School’s Matt Fontaine and Granby High School’s Matt Iczkowski.
The PVIAC event featured the top two golfers from every school in western Mass. regardless of division and Miller, the No. 1 golfer on the Eagles team, continued his winning ways of late. Last week, Miller helped the Eagles repeat as champions at the State Vocational Tournament when he was the medalist at the match with a 71. He also recently won the Thomas Memorial Golf & Country Club’s Club Championship, and then came in second at Crumpin-Fox Club’s Club Championship. The senior said that he has not been playing his best golf of late but Franklin Tech coach Paul Doran said it’s a testament to the player’s modesty. “He doesn’t toot his own horn very well,” the coach joked.
Miller said that he began playing golf just five years ago. Prior to that he was more dedicated to baseball, saying that he had only played golf a handful of times. He quickly took a liking to the sport and gave up on baseball to concentrate on golf, which he said he played four or five times a week over the summer.
According to Miller, the course at Cold Springs was not his favorite because he felt like a player could make a good shot but not always be rewarded for it. He did say that there were some things he liked but it wasn’t as enjoyable as his favorite course to play on — Crumpin-Fox.
“It doesn’t really showcase a person’s skills, because there are a lot of bad spots you can get in,” he offered. “I did like the greens, they were very nice, and the bunkers were nice too.”
Miller was not the only Eagle golfer making noise on Monday. Teammate Cody Booska finished eighth in the 65-player field with a 78, giving Franklin Tech the top “team” finish had there been a team competition. Miller said that him and Booska spend a lot of time on the course and the two push each other.
“We’ve pretty much been playing together for the last five years,” Miller said. “We get competitive. Even though we are teammates, we try to beat each other every match. It’s a fun thing.”
Pioneer Valley Regional School’s James Elliott and Mahar Regional School’s Zach Adams were the second highest-ranked players from the area, finishing tied for sixth with a 77.