After two birdies on the first nine holes, Masconomet's Charlie May continued to dominate play on the second nine, capturing the New England High School Golf Championship crown yesterday at Bretwood Golf Course in Keene, New Hampshire.
May, who recently graduated from Masco, shot a 69, good enough for first place. He was one of 12 boys from Massachusetts and just one of 72 from around New England to compete in the tournament.
"I saw him on the first nine holes and he looked good," said Masco golf coach Ben Hodges. "He was hitting the ball well and gave himself a lot of birdie chances."
May was one stroke better than the three-person cluster at second place, which included Rhode Island's Adam Southworth and Vermont's Max Major and Drake Hull (70).
"I felt pretty comfortable with the course having played last year and I wont the practice round the day before," said May. "I actually made a 70-foot birdie on the last whole to win by a shot. It was nice to make it, kind of unexpected.
"I Teed of around 10:40 a.m. and didn't finish until almost six, so it was the longest round of golf I'd ever played. We had and hour rain delay after first 14 holes and it was a little difficult to regroup and refocus for the final four."
The Division 1 Lehigh University-bound May finished sixth at last year's championship and struggled with elbow issues, but he flourished this times around. May also took his second straight Division 2 state individual championship by shooting a 70 at Beverly Golf & Tennis back in November and was named the Cape Ann League Golfer of the Year and Salem News Golfer of the Year.
As a senior, May averaged 34.9 quota points in CAL matches and a 36.6 stroke average. He also broke the school record for most quota points in a match with 42 (3-under par) last fall.