, Salem, MA


November 6, 2012

May Day Masconomet golf captain wins Div. 2 state title as team finishes third overall


Not known for his length off the tee, May is more of a steady golfer who avoids trouble. Still, he knows how to scramble when he needs to.

On the 476-yard par-5 13th, he hit a drive down the right side of the fairway that squirted off into the rough, bringing a pair of trees into play. His second shot made direct contact with the trunk of the second tree and ricocheted roughly 10 yards behind the original spot. He then put his third shot 80 yards from the green and dropped his approach 10 feet from the hole.

Naturally, he hit the putt for par.

“I’ve been saying it for the last couple years, but to me he’s the best player in the state, and I thought the talent in Division 2 this year was phenomenal,” Masconomet head coach Ben Hodges said of May. “His putting saved him a lot. He was making bombs (from) 20-30 feet.”

May’s putting secret was to simply take his time and trust his read.

“I definitely made sure to read putts well before I committed to a putt,” said May, who is undecided on what college he will attend next year. “The greens are definitely sloped and fast in some parts here.”

As well as May played, however, he was more concerned with his team’s performance.

Zack Staub and George May (Charlie’s younger brother) joined him with sub-80 rounds. Staub carded a 77 and George May produced a 78. Matt Peacock’s 86 was the fourth score Masconomet counted.

“Personally, I thought four 75s for 300 would definitely win, and the winner ended up 309. The conditions were hard, though,” May said of the cold, windy weather yesterday morning. “Four scores in the 70s would have been pretty good.”

The Chieftains just missed another state title, but it was a solid defense of their crown.

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