Mascenic wins Division IV golf championship; Lisio takes prime spot

Mascenic wins Division IV golf championship; Lisio takes top spot

The Mascenic Vikings gained this system’s sixth state championship Thursday, holding off the remainder of Division IV – together with defending champion Littleton – at Kingswood Golf Membership in Wolfeboro. It was a candy victory for the Vikings, who missed out on glory final fall when the championships have been rained out and Littleton was awarded the title primarily based on common season standings, regardless of Mascenic’s personal unblemished common season file.

“It was good that we had an opportunity to compete this 12 months,” stated Mascenic head coach Jeff Hakala after the event. 

Joseph Lisio carried the day for the Vikings, placing up a medalist efficiency with a +2 74. Lisio was paired with Littleton’s Spenser Stevens, and the 2 have been neck and neck all day lengthy as they shot backwards and forwards alongside Kingswood’s nested switchbacks. 

“He was combating the entire day,” Lisio stated of Littleton’s No. 1. “He by no means gave in.”

One again down the stretch, Lisio misplaced floor on 15 after hitting a nasty tee shot; whereas he was capable of save par, Stevens birdied it, and Mascenic’s ace was behind two strokes going into the ultimate three holes. Lisio pushed his tee shot on 16 to the left, onto a hill and close to the treeline, however he saved par as soon as once more, and the comeback was on. 

“These are the perfect emotions,” Lisio stated. “Generally it looks like a birdie once you make par once you’re combating for a bogie.”

Lisio was on the seventeenth inexperienced in two photographs and made a birdie putt, whereas Stevens put collectively a pair of bogeys to provide Lisio a one-stroke lead heading into the ultimate gap. 

As soon as once more, Lisio discovered his method into some bother, hitting his tee shot onto the tough on the best aspect of the golf green. It was a nasty lie, Lisio stated, in a “bizarre patch of grass” with a clump of dust simply behind the ball that sprayed within the air as he didn’t get fairly the entire shot, leaving it about 20 yards away from the inexperienced and leaving the door open for Stevens. The Crusader’s second shot didn’t put him in an important place to make par, and Lisio knew all he needed to do was get this subsequent shot on the inexperienced and putt it in to complete in first. 

It’s a scenario the Vikings apply on a regular basis, Hakala stated. “After a nasty shot, no less than stick it shut and make a par,” he stated. And that’s precisely what Lisio was making an attempt to do when he launched what can be his last shot of the afternoon.

“I knew if I made it up and down I would in all probability hold the lead,” Lisio stated. His chip seemed good within the air and higher because it began monitoring on the inexperienced, and when it bee-lined into the cup for his second straight birdie, Lisio clinched the medalist place. 

“I can’t be extra enthusiastic about that end,” Lisio stated. 

After the one-two punch of Lisio and Stevens, a big hole separated the remainder of the pack, as scores have been excessive throughout (the ultimate reduce for the person event was a gaudy +41). It was a windy day on a comparatively troublesome course, to make certain, however Hakala stated the culpable issue was the shortened season after a summer season of uncertainty and a late begin to the preseason.

“Shedding that two-and-a-half weeks is large,” Hakala stated. “Loads of guys don’t play golf within the offseason so their six weeks, eight weeks of golf for DIV is it.”

Nonetheless, the Vikings shot effectively sufficient to win. 

“Fortunately for us, the rating was fairly excessive immediately,” Hakala stated, “as a result of we have been about 30 photographs above the place we needs to be, however we’ll take it – higher to limp in than not get in in any respect.”

Mascenic’s No. 2 man and third general finisher was Ryan Goodrich, who was enjoying in his first-ever state event as a senior after lacking out on final 12 months’s canceled event. Goodrich began out with some jitters – he’d double-bogey the primary three holes – however settled in and cruised to a +17 89.

“I knew we had an honest prime 4, so I just about simply needed to shoot my common,” Goodrich stated. “I ended it bringing again round. It feels actually good – it was my final shot at it.”

Hakala acquired simply what he wanted out of the senior. 

“He posted a very respectable rating,” Hakala stated. “It’s one above his common for the season, and I’m actually pleased with him. He labored more durable this 12 months than he has in all probability any 12 months, and it’s exhibiting.”

Additionally contributing to the state champion Vikings have been Bryce Traffie (107, +35), Spencer Sikkila (111, +39) and Casey Brox (133, +61).

The Vikings can be again in motion yet one more time for the DIV particular person championship, which the NHIAA rescheduled to Sunday, Oct. 25 at Souhegan Woods Golf Course in Amherst. If Thursday’s contest was any indication, Mascenic’s Lisio and Littleton’s Stevens will doubtless go at it as soon as once more with a person title on the road. 

“It’s going to be a duke-out with these two for positive,” Hakala stated. 

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