The Blackstone Valley Tech golf team capped off the 2017 season with a dozen victories in the Colonial Athletic League and by sending co-captain J.J. Newcombe to the state tournament.
“We had a great season,” said head coach Matt Connors. “This is the first time I have had an individual qualify for states.”
Newcombe carded an 86 at the district tournament on the par-72 Blissful Meadows Golf Club in Uxbridge. The score was good enough for the senior to earn a spot at this week’s state tournament.
“I would like to say I had something to do with it, but J.J. is just a special player,” Connors said. “He is a really good, consistent player. He played a lot of golf in the offseason and travels to some reputable courses. He is just constantly working on different aspects of the game.”
Fellow captain Nathan Charron joined Newcombe in scoring in every one of Valley Tech’s matches this year.
“They both had solid, solid seasons,” Connors said. “I could count on them to shoot a qualifying score, no matter the opponent or the circumstances.”
The performances of the two seniors helped the Beavers earn a 12-3 record. Aside from a pair of losses to undefeated Bay Path, BVT was able to run the table in the CAL. Seniors Noah Charron and Max Pirozzi added quality depth to the Valley Tech lineup and Connors called them “staples” of this year’s team. In a significant setback, the Beavers lost Pirozzi to a leg injury just before the district tournament.
Junior Charlie Doe and sophomore Braden Levasseur also scored consistently, and figure to be the top two in next year’s lineup. Valley Tech featured a senior-heavy team this fall, with eight players set to graduate next spring.
BVT cruised through CAL competition this season, and played unbeaten Bay Path tough in both matches. The Beavers fell by 13 shots when playing on their home course, and lost by only eight when they played them on the road.
“We knew they would be the team to beat coming into the year,” Connors said. “I think our kids got a little excited and maybe a little nervous and put too much pressure on themselves.”
Valley Tech finished second in the league, outpacing Advanced Math and Science Academy in the final standings.
This article appears in the Nov. 3 edition of the Upton/Mendon Town Crier.