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October 19, 2012

Peabody's Goulos captures NEC Open, one stroke ahead of Danvers' McKenna

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”I knew I was on the bubble and it’d be close; hearing my name called as the winner was a huge feeling of relief,” he said.

Goulos and his Peabody High teammates will play in the Division 1 North qualifier at Bradford in Haverhill Monday. “That course is more about target golf and placement shots. It’s going to be a great test,” he said.

McKenna, a 17-year-old senior captain at Danvers, got off to an auspicious start yesterday. Beginning on the par-3 17th hole (121 yards), he put his tee shot on the green but three-putted for bogey. “I wasn’t used to the greens yet,” he said.

The next hole wasn’t any better; he finished with a triple bogey 7. But McKenna caught fire from there, playing 1-under golf over the next seven holes to play himself into championship contention.

”It was an up and down day for me, but I had a great experience,” said McKenna, who had birdies on the sixth and 13th holes. “It was tough out there; those greens were absolute lightning, the fastest I’ve ever played on. But the course was in great shape, and I had a great time.

”Playing with the guys who finished third (Marblehead’s Riley) and fourth (Sam Shorr of Beverly) place guys was terrific, too. We were encouraging each other the whole way.”

Beverly’s Shorr and Curtis Quinn of Gloucester tied for fourth place at 82. Nolan Franey of Peabody took eighth place (85) along with Salem’s Richmond and Connor Green of Marblehead.

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At the Cape Ann League Open at Far Corner in West Boxford, the home team took top honors as Masconomet prevailed.

Seniors Charlie May and Zack Staub combined to shoot 68 for the Chieftains. The league used a new format this fall, with each team sending two players to yesterday’s championship, and Staub excelled by hitting an 80-foot putt on the fifth hole and also draining a 25-footer.

May was named Cape Ann League Player of the Year. In addition, the Chieftains had three All-League selections in May, Staub and George May.

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