“It certainly helped,” Dedham’s elder said of his tour with his grandfather. “I would have played a few holes differently if I hadn’t played this round.”
Lenane, who tied for fourth when Xaverian won the section in 2019, birdied his third hole, No.14, a monstrous par-5 from 563 yards, then birdied back-to-back in the sixth and seventh hole.
“I got off to a good start,” he says. “I just sort of sailed. It was a fairly consistent ride. I kept it fairly balanced.
“He’s a special player,” said Xaverian coach Gerry Lambert. “We’re not going to be able to replace him. He’s a great player to train.
Xaverian, who finished the regular season with three straight losses to St. John’s Shrewsbury, St. John’s Prep and Wellesley, received a 73 from co-captain Spencer Dumas, who was second to Wellesley’s Ryan Keyes, plus a 76 from Ryan Scollins and a 78 from Sean Resnick.
“The ups and downs and the pace are part of the challenge of a season,” said Lambert. “Obviously this is the time of year when you hope to play your best and they’ve done a tremendous job.”
Xaverian won the state championships in 2014, 2016, and 2018, but his even-numbered streak of titles ended when 2020 did not feature a state championship due to the pandemic.
“I feel like we kind of deserved it last year,” said Lenane. “We kind of treated the Catholic Conference tournament like the state championship. I think it would be appropriate if we could do it on Monday.
Monday is the Division I final at the Wentworth Hills Country Club in Plainville. Lambert, who guided Xaverian baseball to a Division 1 state title this spring, has won six state championships between the two sports, but never in the same calendar year.
“It hasn’t happened yet,” he laughed. “Each team is different and each group is different. I’m excited for these guys.
“There’s no one left who isn’t a top team in the state. You focus on your own game, play one shot at a time and maybe the gods of golf are smiling at you that day.
Division 1 North – Michael Scheschareg started the par 4 over his first three holes.
Unperturbed by the difficult start, the Arlington elder finished with a score of 7 of 76 to win medalist honors at Bass Rocks Golf Club in Gloucester.
“It was so windy at the start and the greens were incredibly fast,” said Scheschareg. “I saved a lot. I was going up and down most of the time. The putter was the most important club in the bag.
His confidence around the green allowed him to be aggressive in his approach, clubbing himself when others chose to fold. The dynamic game plan worked wonders, helping the Spy Ponder star reduce hits to his score.
“Some holes that I hit with the driver when I probably shouldn’t have had them,” Scheschareg said. “But it paid off in the end, because I was 40 or 50 yards from the green and I could do it.”
With seniors Nick Devito (Newburyport) and Alex Landry (Andover) as well as junior Ian Rourke (Danvers) shooting 78 apiece, St. John’s Prep (313) sailed for team honors. Sophomore Terry Manning shot an 80. BC High (330) also qualified for the state final at Wentworth Hills.
“Very fast greens, very windy conditions. We’ve played classes like this all year to prepare, ”said St. John’s Prep freshman coach Brian Jasiak. “I just told them to grind there. At the end of the day, very good leadership from the team. Very proud of their performance.
Division 2 North – Aidan Emmerich knew he had to hit the fairways to make a run at Bradford Country Club in Haverhill.
With a stellar under-67, the elder St. Mary’s of Swampscott won medal honors and advanced to Monday’s state final at Sandy Burr Country Club in Wayland.
“I stayed true to my game plan, hitting fairways and putting putts,” Emmerich said. “I felt really good there.”
His confidence is at its highest, especially since setting a course record at Hillview GC in North Reading with an Under-61 score to win the Central Catholic League Championship on Friday.
“My game has been pretty hot, it has been for the last few weeks,” Emmerich said. “I hope it will hold for another week.”
Canton (319) had strong performances from Mike Leonetti (76), Will Gefteas (79) and Mekhala Costello (80) in the section title, edging out Austin Prep (322), North Andover (323) and Marblehead (323), who all qualified for the final.
Division 2 Center – Concord-Carlisle (307) won the section title at Maplegate Country Club in Bellingham with strong performances from Jack Miller (2 of 74), Tyler Bruneau (75), Erika Redmond (79) and Connor Ladd (79). Medfield, led by medalist Henry Reilly (73), finished second and the Advanced Math & Science Academy of Marlborough third.
Division 3 Center – At the New England Country Club in Bellingham, Dover-Sherborn (325) followed the quartet of Sean Scannell (8-over 79), Owen Bingham (82), Tim Hill (82) and Ben Schroeder (82) to the crown of section. Ayer (350) and Hopedale (356) also advanced to Tuesday’s national final at Shining Rock Golf Club in Northridge. Hopedale sophomore Lucas Levasseur (77) was the medalist.
Cam Kerry reported from Gloucester.