Westwood gets the drop on Medfield
MILLIS - Glen Ellen Country Club professional Andy Ingham had 18 important decisions to make before the Division 3 championships would be held at his course yesterday - Ingham was in charge of the pin placements.
The course wasn’t in the best shape as a result of the recent snow storm and the forecast called for cool temperatures, but Ingham still wanted to make every hole difficult.
“This is for the championship,” he said. “Our intention is to make it challenging.”
And it was. As the golfers returned to the clubhouse, the chatter was about the tricky greens. Putts that would normally be considered trouble-free were causing extra strokes.
Yet there was junior Pat Frodigh – Westwood High’s No. 1 golfer – sitting 50 feet from the pin on the par-5 13th hole in a critical spot for the Warriors. And the way this course was playing, he didn’t even think about making it.
“I just wanted to get it close,” he said.
But for all the difficult putts Glen Ellen posed, the long, uphill, slider from right to left was a surprisingly makeable one.
“That was not an easy pin placement on 13,” said Ingham. “But if you’re in the spot where Pat was, you’d rather be 50 feet away than 6 feet away on the other side.”
But Frodigh, who said he was in a groove from the first hole, drained the putt for eagle as he finished his round with a team-low 2-over-par 74, giving Westwood a one-stroke edge over Medfield for its first state title since 2002.
“I heard two kids made eagle on 13, I knew one of them must have been Pat,” said Westwood coach Matthew Gillis. “Those shots, he can make.”
It’s a good thing he made it, too, because after officials finished adding up the scorecards, Westwood was still two shots behind Medfield. But Eric Burgess realized the scoreboard on the clubhouse deck had him for 82, when he shot an 80.
Gillis held his breath, remembering his first chance at a state title with Westwood in 2006 was forfeited after one of his players signed the wrong scorecard.
The officials realized Burgess had written his score in the wrong spot, forcing a tie between Westwood and Medfield. By rule, a tie forces teams to use their fifth-best score.
Good thing for Westwood, sophomore Ned Kelly hung on to shoot an 83, though he was inches from hitting into the water on No. 7 that would have cost his team the championship.
“That’s golf,” conceded Medfield coach George Callahan. “It’s really disappointing.”
In the individuals, it was Frodigh’s playing partner, Connor Murphy of Bishop Stang, who took home the title. Murphy shot a 71.
Jace McCarron of Hopkinton and Zach Schuster of Norton shot a 77, tying for fourth.
“After playing yesterday I knew I was going to be able to go low today,” Murphy said. “And I even left a few shots out there. But I was able to roll in a few putts.”