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Booska individual champ

  • Cody Booska of Franklin Tech watches his tee shot from the 11th hole at Tekoa Country Club in Westfield during the WMass sectional tournament Monday, October 22, 2012. Booska was the individual winner, shooting a par 72.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING / DAILY HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE

    Cody Booska of Franklin Tech watches his tee shot from the 11th hole at Tekoa Country Club in Westfield during the WMass sectional tournament Monday, October 22, 2012. Booska was the individual winner, shooting a par 72.
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  • Cody Booska of Franklin Tech watches his tee shot from the 11th hole at Tekoa Country Club in Westfield during the WMass sectional tournament Monday, October 22, 2012. Booska was the individual winner, shooting a par 72.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING / DAILY HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE

    Cody Booska of Franklin Tech watches his tee shot from the 11th hole at Tekoa Country Club in Westfield during the WMass sectional tournament Monday, October 22, 2012. Booska was the individual winner, shooting a par 72.
    KEVIN GUTTING / DAILY HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE Purchase photo reprints »

  • Cody Booska of Franklin Tech watches his tee shot from the 11th hole at Tekoa Country Club in Westfield during the WMass sectional tournament Monday, October 22, 2012. Booska was the individual winner, shooting a par 72.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING / DAILY HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE
  • Cody Booska of Franklin Tech watches his tee shot from the 11th hole at Tekoa Country Club in Westfield during the WMass sectional tournament Monday, October 22, 2012. Booska was the individual winner, shooting a par 72.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING / DAILY HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE

WESTFIELD — Like father, like son?

Maybe, at least when it comes to golf. But Franklin County Technical School’s Cody Booska accomplished something even his father, Dennis, didn’t during his high-school career by capturing medalist honors at the Western Massachusetts Division III Golf Championships at Tekoa Country Club.

Booska, a precocious junior, fired an impressive 1-over-par 72 in the swirling, at times gusty, wind conditions that made life downright miserable for some competitors — more than half the 51 players in the field failed to break 90 on the tricky 5,934-yard layout.

It was a successful day for area individuals, as three players qualified for the MIAA State Individual Championship Monday morning at Red Tail Golf Club in Devens. Brett Sirum of Turners Falls finished third with a 77. Troy Miller of Franklin Tech wound up in a tie for fourth with a 78.

Booska, who started on the par-3 third hole under the shotgun-start format, got off to a quick 2-under start by recording birdies on the par-5 fourth and par-3 sixth. He moved it to 3-under with a birdie on the par-3 11th before giving them all back in a four-hole stretch, bogeying Nos. 12, 13 and 15. Booska parred out until the final hole, the par-4 second, when he three-putted to settle for his eventual 1-over round.

“I hit a good first shot right off the bat and I just missed birdie,” said Booska of the 150-yard hole. “That was my most nervous shot. All night I was thinking about that one hole, so I was nervous starting there. … I hit the ball really good today, but once I got a sand wedge in my hand, that’s when it went downhill for me. I was leaving them short, and I think I was afraid of the runout because the greens were so hard and fast.”

However, his joy was short-lived when the Eagles discovered that their team missed qualifying for the state tournament by one stroke.

St. Mary High School took full advantage of playing its home course and easily won the team competition with a final total of 319 strokes.

Lenox Memorial High School rode an incredibly consistent performance from its top four players — all of whom carded scores between 79 and 84 — to post a team of score of 326, just one stroke ahead of Franklin Tech, which wound up third at 327 (the top two teams of eight qualified). Josh Dempsey (84) and Trevor Blake (93) completed the team scoring for the Eagles.

“I’m proud of myself individually, but I was really disappointed with the team finish,” said Booska. “We’ve been playing pretty well, all of us, and we were second the past two years. (Not qualifying hurts) a lot.”

Turners Falls High School finished at 337 to take fourth in the team competition, while Pioneer Valley Regional School struggled to a seventh-place finish at 355.

Sirum led the Indians with his 6-over score. Brandon Lenois posted an 81, younger brother Ryan Lenois carded an 84 and Jacob Sisson finished with a 92 for their team score.

Pioneer’s low man was Lee Doiron at 82, followed by James Elliott (87), Eric Pratt (91) and Nick Stennes (95).

Booska, who tied for fifth in last year’s sectional and tied for 18th with Miller in the states, said there’s at least one thing he plans to work on to prepare for Red Tail — a course he’s never played before.

“I’m definitely going to practice some sand wedge shots, that’s for sure,” he said with a laugh.

Division II tourney

Frontier Regional School’s Jacob Conroy finished sixth overall in the individual event of the Western Mass. Division II Golf Championships Monday at Stockbridge Golf Club.

Conroy carded an 86 in the windy conditions but missed qualifying for the state tournament by a single shot.

Torsten Nelson and Nathan Patterson carded 96s for the Red Hawks, whose team total of 378 placed them sixth out of eight teams.

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