EAST PROVIDENCE — The unbeaten and league leading Barrington High School golf team visited East Providence with Mt. Hope Wednesday afternoon, May 10. And even though the host Townies shot a …
EAST PROVIDENCE — The unbeaten and league leading Barrington High School golf team visited East Providence with Mt. Hope Wednesday afternoon, May 10. And even though the host Townies shot a season best team total, the first place Eagles were too much for the locals and the Huskies to contend with.
Perennial league and state power Barrington improved to 11-0 in Eastern Division matches at the time, posting a team score of 149 over the par 35 front side of the Agawam Hunt Club to sweep East Providence, which split the day with a 161, and Mt. Hope, which shot a very respectable 199.
Nathan Carter and Billy Fitzgerald shared low round scores for Townies, who saw their record move to 8-3 on the spring. Each shot 3-over 38.
Carter made three bogies and the rest pars. Fitzgerald birdied the par 5, 475-yard fourth, but made double on the par 3, 135-yard eighth after crossing Centre Street to complete his front nine on Agawam's "Sunset Seven."
Chris Riel added a 42 and Zach Mendo a 43 for the two other scores towards East Providence's team total. Noah Araujo and Marcus Bostic each shot 48.
"It's one of the best team scores I've ever had in my era," EPHS head coach Bill McEnery said of the Townies' 161 total. For context, McEnery has led the program since 2000.
"Billy and Nathan both played very well. All of the kids did. It's the first time all year we've had all of the kids break 50 in the same match," McEnery added. "And we were competitive with Barrington, which is the best thing about it."
Christian Vieira was the day's medallist, shooting 1-over 36 for the Eagles. He squeezed a birdie on the short par 4, 275-yard seventh inside bogies on six and eight. AJ Colonna shot 37, chipping in for birdie just short of the green at the par 4, 455-yard sixth, while Adam Gorman and Cole Vieira both carded 38s.
Ayden Sheedy's 47 led the Huskies, who dropped to 4-7. Ben Peters was next in with 48 followed by Quinn Frawley with 51 and Riley Howland with 53.
Though still noteworthy in part, it should be noted that match records for each team lack the meaning they once did.
The Interscholastic League changed the format for golf, specifically how sides qualify for the upcoming state championship tournament May 30 and 31 at Cranston Country Club.
Only 10 teams will get a chance to play in the event, down from the 15 who have made for the better part of the last 30 years. Also, no longer do the top two teams in each of the divisions qualify automatically. And the last five spots, which went to the winners of division playoffs between teams 3-5 in the standings in each, have been eliminated entirely.
Instead, the regular season champions of each of the five divisions state-wide will continue to gain a berth directly into the tourney with the remaining five spots earned by a team's scoring average rather than record regardless of division or match record.
Barrington is comfortably in either way, leading the Eastern Division standings and finishing Wednesday fourth in the state scoring average standings with a 157.2.
Despite its solid record, East Providence is on the outside looking in with a 177.2 average and in 17th place as of Wednesday.
Mt. Hope, whose program was dormant the last few years for lack of interest, finished Wednesday with an average of 213.4 and in 31st out of 38 teams.