, Salem, MA

October 22, 2013

Dilisio, Prep on top in Division 1 North golf

By Matt Williams
Staff writer

---- — 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).

In the Division 2 North sectional at Hillview Golf Course in North Reading, Masconomet’s George May was one of the top individual qualifiers after carding a 73. His round was three strokes off the championship and earned him a spot in next week’s state final.

Danvers’ Wes Milbury also qualified by shooting a 76. The Falcons sophomore overcame a 2-stroke penalty and shot one-over on the back nine in a strong finish.

“Wes played well for us all year; he’s been very consistent. He stays out of trouble and he has a really good short game,” said Danvers coach Jeff Avigian. “He’s been on a good run, including going to the playoff in (last week’s) NEC championship.”

Marblehead’s Owen Picariello shot a 77, just one stroke shy of qualifying. Pitch Riley fired a 78 and the Magicians had a team score of 317, which was sixth among the 17 teams competing.

Beverly’s top golfers were Sheamus Desmond and Chris Sinclair, who both shot 79. The Panthers’ team score was 327. Danvers’ team score was 332, with Chris McKenna (81) and Mike Plansky (84) playing well behind Milbury.

For Masconomet, which shot 309 as a team and finished tied for fourth with Reading, Mike Manni (78), Joe Klingensmith (79) and Dom Buonopane (79) also enjoyed strong rounds.

Concord-Carlisle (290) was the Division 2 North champion; the individual went to C-C’s Joe Kingman (70). Gloucester’s Curtis Quinn (75) also qualified as an individual.