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October 22, 2013

Dilisio, Prep on top in Division 1 North golf

Though he’s only a sophomore, there isn’t anything on the golf course than fazes St. John’s Prep’s top linksman, Steven Dilisio.

Having already won five MGA boys age-group championships, Dilisio added some high school hardware to his impressive resume by winning the Division 1 North sectional held at Bradford Country Club yesterday.

Dilisio shot a one-under 69 to outpace Lincoln-Sudbury’s Matt Organisak by three strokes. The Eagles shot 298 as a team and came away with the sectional team championship as well.

“There’s just no stage fright when it comes to Steven. It’s amazing that he’s only a sophomore,” said St. John’s coach Larry O’Neill, whose team repeated as Division 1 North champs. “We depend on him — perhaps too much — but he comes through time after time.”

Jeff O’Connor shot 75, as did freshman Mark Turner. Sophomore Chris Francoeur added a round of 79 as St. John’s Prep finished nine strokes ahead of second place Central Catholic.

“Our goals are always to win the Catholic Conference, win Division 1 North and win the state title,” said O’Neill. “We set the bar pretty high, but we’ve had a good track record in that regard.”

The Prep, which can win the Catholic Conference title with a win over Catholic Memorial in a makeup match tomorrow, will shoot for the Division 1 state crown next Monday at Black Swan in Georgetown. The Eagles have experience on that course, with Dilisio having won the Catholic Conference title with a par-71 earlier this season.

“Steven set the bar pretty high, he really does, but that’s a good thing because everybody else thrives off that. It really pays off,” said O’Neill.

Also in the Division 1 North sectional, Peabody (346 as a team) was led by Ted Izzo (82) and Matt Correale (84).

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