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September 2, 2013

Golf Preview: St. John's Prep is set up for years of strength

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Masconomet has been a power in the Cape Ann League for years now, but the Chieftains should look a little different this fall.

Masco has one of the area’s top players returning in junior George May, but outside of that the Chieftains are pretty inexperienced. Senior Joe Klingensmith is a co-captain along with May this year, and he was on the Masco postseason lineup last fall.

Senior Christian Cardarelli is also expected to make a leap to the top of the Masco lineup this season.

“We’re definitely a little more inexperienced this year, but we’ve got a lot of kids, from 6-12, vying for the last two or three spots,” Masco coach Ben Hodges said. “There’s not a lot that separates them and it could come down to who’s playing well and who’s familiar with what course.

“I talked to the kids at the meeting and it’s not one of those things where it’s state finals or bust. It never was that two years ago. It’s all about trying to put yourself in position to be playing your best golf in late October.”

Masco was crowned the Division 2 state champs in 2011 and placed third in the state last year.

Hodges also expects seniors Mike Manni and Paul O’Kelly to contribute this fall.

May, meanwhile, could emerge as one of the best golfers in the state in Hodges’ opinion.

“He’s capable of probably being one of the better golfers in the state, if not the best,” Hodges said. “He has all the tools. It’s a matter of playing consistently for all 18 holes. In the state or sectional finals there were maybe a couple holes that would do him in a little. I think he’s ready to do that now as a junior.”

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