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Pearl, Bordeau top locals at state tourney


by Jeff Lajoie
Sports Reporter

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Belmont sophomore Trevor Hunt follows his putt on the ninth hole at Waukewan Golf Club in Meredith during the Division III State Championship on Oct. 9. Jeff Lajoie. (click for larger version)
October 13, 2014
CENTER HARBOR Quick greens and windy conditions made for a tricky scoring combination, as the Belmont High School and Winnisquam Regional High School golf teams took to Waukewan Golf Club for the annual NHIAA Division III State Golf Championship on Oct. 9.

The Red Raiders, which qualified as a team for the event for the first time since 2008 after a 14-8 regular season, finished in seventh place amongst D-III teams with 378 points. Perennial power Bow High School won another state crown after compiling a total of 311, while Mascenic (319) and Derryfield (321) rounded out the top three schools. Winnisquam sent two players to Waukewan after falling short of qualifying as a team behind a regular season record of 3-19.

Senior Brandon Pearl had the best score of any local on the day, as the Belmont golfer fired a round of 89 to lead the Red Raiders. Pearl's best state championship round came in 2012 when he shot an 85 at Newport Golf Club.

"This was my last one but it was really nice to have the whole team here this year," said Pearl of the state tourney appearance. "I got off to a bad start today but I got a little bit better as the round went along. I had some trouble hitting my irons for most of the day kept going off to the right."

Belmont's Mike Sanborn was the team's number two scorer on the day after firing a round of 92, while junior Caleb Drouin was next with a 97. Sophomore Trevor Hunt contributed the team's fourth and final score after posting a 100, while Nicole Antonucci (102) and Wyatt Paquin (105) weren't far behind for Belmont.

"Right from the beginning, we got off to a good start and had a good season," said Pearl, whose team was 10-2 out of the gates. "Definitely the best season we've had here in a long time. I was the only senior too so there are a lot of younger kids who will be back with even more experience."

Winnisquam got its best performance from senior Marshall Bordeau, who was just one shot back of Pearl with a round of 90. Bordeau more than held his own in a tough group that featured the number one players from Gilford, Belmont and Laconia.

Teammate Ryan Fowler also competed on the day for the Bears, and he shot a 109 to round out the tournament.

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