DiLisio started slow with bogies on the first two holes and made the turn with a 3-over 39. He remained confident, however, and made a charge over the final nine holes, shooting 3-under during that span to tie for the low round with a 72.
He ended up losing the individual title in a three-way playoff with Needham’s Jake Shuman and Lincoln-Sudbury’s Matt Organisak. Shuman captured his second straight Division 1 state title with a birdie on the second playoff hole.
“I happened to see him coming by (at the turn) and I could tell right away he wasn’t happy,” O’Neill said about DiLisio. “He said he was 3-over, but he said he was going to go under par on the other side ... and he did. He doesn’t get discouraged by a bad hole or a bad shot. The only attitude to have is that the only shot you can do anything about is the next one. He’s like that.”
DiLisio’s first birdie of the day came when he dropped a putt from approximately 40 feet away on the 10th hole. He added two more birdies before the day was over.
“I know the back nine is a little easier and 3-over was not going to cut it,” DiLisio said. “I told myself I had to turn it around to help the team out. They were counting on me to put up a good number and you just try to do the best you can.”
DiLisio just happens to be one of those money players, the type who plays his best when the pressure is greatest.
By the time he stepped to the tee on his final hole, DiLisio (then 1-over par) knew he had a chance at the individual title. He played an aggressive drive over the trees on the dogleg, par 5 18th, then hit an iron to the front of the green from 210 yards away. His eagle putt came up just short and DiLisio tapped in for birdie. That hole essentially pulled St. John’s even with Xaverian and forced the individual playoff.