Eagle golfers close out successful season

  • Franklin Tech's Nate Pelletier tees off on one at Thomas Memorial as Michael Patnode of FCTS looks on at left on Thursday. September 28, 2017. File Photo

Recorder Staff
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Balance was the key to success for the Franklin County Technical School golf team this season. That was again the case during Tuesday’s MIAA Division III State Tournament, as the Eagles capped an outstanding season with a balanced effort up and down the lineup.

FC Tech posted a team total of 358, giving the WMass runners-up an 11th place finish in the state tourney held at Wyantenuck Country Club in Great Barrington.

“Before we even took to the course this morning, I told the guys that whether we win or lose today, I’m extremely proud of our success, and to be invited to the state tournament,” explained FC Tech coach Sean Knightly. “We’re playing teams from Martha’s Vineyard, Cape Cod, Boston. … There are a lot of eastern Mass. teams in the field. We’re playing some really, really good golfers today. You deserve to be here. And I think they felt a sense of pride because it’s an honor to be amongst these teams.”

On a windy day that began with some wet conditions after several days of heavy rain, the Eagles were led by Michael McGoldrick’s low round of 86 on the par 70 course. Michael Patnode was next with an 89, followed closely by teammates Hunter Sessions (91), Nathan Pelletier (92) and Travis Cutting (94). Jordan DiGeorge also competed to round out the Tech lineup.

“They were a little disappointed because they had wanted to place better,” began Knightly of his team. “But I told them I was proud of them. Most of them have improved their scores over the season and into the tournaments. They shot very well today against extremely tough competition.”

St. Mary’s High School of Lynn captured the state title with a team score of 292. The team also had the individual state champ. Christian Emmerich carded a 1-under round of 69 to pace the field.

The Eagles, who ran the table undefeated during the regular-season to win the Bi-County League West Division before earning the runner-up spot at the WMass Div. III tourney, graduate three seniors from this year’s team in Cutting, Sessions and Tyler Raymond. Tech should once again be in the mix for a deep postseason run in 2018.