HEBRON >> Finn Boynton wasn’t pleased with the first nine holes of what would be the final round of his high school golf career.
But the Milford resident knew that 1-under score at Tallwood Country Club Monday was “good enough to get a round going on the back nine.”
And that’s exactly what Boynton did. He posted 3-under on the back nine alone, making three straight birdies, to shoot a 4-under-par 68 at the CIAC Division II championship meet on a raw, dreary day at Tallwood CC.
“A round like that here under these conditions is really good and something I can use as motivation for the rest of the summer,” said Boynton, who will play at UConn beginning in the fall.
Boynton came up one stroke short for medalist laurels – Wethersfield’s Andrew Sanzaro, playing in the final group, posted a 5-under 67, birdieing the par-4 18th hole to do it.
Avon won the team championship with a overall score of 299, three strokes better than New Canaan (302) and seven less than Wethersfield (306).
Three players broke 80 for Avon: Tyler Hahn (70), Michael Hanrartty (74) and Jake Avery (77) to help the team win its second state championship and first since 1985.
“I thought we’d be good, but I didn’t know we could be this good,” Avon coach Josh Glick said. “It’s a great moment for Avon golf and for those kids right there. It’s something they will never forget and something I will never forget.”
Boynton, the medalist in the SCC tournament last week at Race Brook CC in Orange, birdied holes 12 through 14, bogeyed 16 and birdied 17 to finish with 68.
Then he had to wait until the final group came in to see if he would be medalist again. Sanzaro, once a former competitor in the SCC at Xavier before transferring to Wethersfield, birdied four of the first five holes of the day and also eagled the par-5 16th.
“Yes I did play in the same group with him (Boynton) several times,” said Sanzaro, who will play at Assumption in the fall. “I knew he was a good player and I wasn’t surprised the score he had out there. … This means a lot. There was definitely a lot of hard work put into it and it’s nice to see it pay off. Although we didn’t get it as a team (the title) this year, it’s nice to know there were still some positives.”
Sanzaro, Boynton and Hahn are all eligible to play in the New England tournament on June 21 at Bretwood CC in New Hampshire. Boynton said he would likely miss that tournament due to a conflict with playing in the State Amateur that week.
Notre Dame finished in fourth place at 317 while Woodstock Academy and Masuk tied for fifth at 321.
1. Avon 299 (+11); 2. New Canaan 302 (+14); 3. Wethersfield 306 (+18); 4. Notre Dame-West Haven 317 (+29); 5. Woodstock Academy 321 (+33); T5. Masuk 321 (+33); 7. Joel Barlow 323 (+35); 8. Daniel Hand 336 (+48); 9. Berlin 337 (+49); T10. E.O. Smith 338 (+50); T10. Weston 338 (+50); 12. Branford 339 (+51); T13. Guilford 344 (+56); T13. Platt 344 (+56); T15. Jonathan Law 353 (+65); T15. Torrington 353 (+65); 17. RHAM 354 (+66); 18. Brookfield 359 (+71); 19. Lyman Hall 366 (+78); 20. North Haven 374 (+86)
1. Andrew Sanzaro, Wethersfield 67 (-5); 2. Finn Boynton, Notre Dame-West Haven 68 (-4); 3. Tyler Hahn, Avon 70 (-2); 4. Patrick Granito, New Canaan 73 (+1); T5. Grant Mellinger, New Canaan 74 (+2); T5. Michael Hanratty, Avon 74 (+2); T7. George Garrett, New Canaan 75 (+3); T7. Ryan Black, Woodstock Academy 75 (+3); 9. Matthew Manjos, Masuk 76 (+4); T10. Jake Avery, Avon 77 (+5); T10. Michael Brown, Joel Barlow 77 (+5); T12. Bailey Doggett, E.O. Smith 78 (+6); T12. Carson Sparks, Torrington 78 (+6); T12. Dan Harrington, Woodstock Academy 78 (+6); T12. Sam Cuddeback, Avon 78 (+6); T12. Alex Tawrel, Wethersfield 78 (+6); T17. Liam Deane, Branford 79 (+7); T17. Carter Chapman, Daniel Hand 79 (+7); T19. Jack Gelhaus, Woodstock Academy 80 (+8); T19. Matthew Lagana, Weston 80 (+8); T19. Jonathan Ledda, Torrington 80 (+8); T19. Michael Donnelly, Wethersfield 80 (+8)’; T19. Trevor Jones, New Canaan 80 (+8)