Mass. golfers claim New England Junior

Press release from Massachusetts Golf Association communications director Becky Blaeser:

Brattleboro, Vt. -- Inclement weather reduced the event to 18 holes, but that did not keep Team Massachusetts from capturing the 2011 New England Junior Championship title at Brattleboro Country Club.

The seven-player team from the Bay State posted a team score of 367 to defeat defending champion Team Connecticut and Team New Hampshire by 13 points. Finishing third with 386 points was Rhode Island, while Maine (391) and Vermont (400) came in fifth and sixth, respectively.

Winning the individual scoring title with a sizzling score of 4-under par 67 was Peter French (Maplegate CC - MA). The 17-year-old from Bellingham carded five birdies and just one bogey and was the only player in the field to shoot under par. Seamus Fennelly (Foster CC -RI) and Jason Steele (Ferncroft CC - MA) finished T2 with scores of 1-over par 72.

After a day of downpours on Monday that forced the cancellation of the first two rounds of play, the entire field took to a soggy Brattleboro Country Club layout on Tuesday to compete in an 18-hole round that would determine the 2011 champion.

In the end, it took a team effort by a talent Bay State team. In addition to French and Steele - the team’s top two scorers - strong performances were also delivered by John Beadle (Foxborough CC - MA) with a score of 3-over par 74 and Connor Murphy (Hyannis GC - MA) who turned in a score of 5-over par 76.