By Matt Jenkins
---- — It was May Day all over again at the Division 2 state golf championship.
For the third straight year the championship hardware went home with a May — this time Masconomet junior George May, brother of two-time winner Charlie May.
George May shot a 73 to win the tournament by one shot at Blackstone National Golf Club in Sutton yesterday.
“I shot 2-under in my practice round, so I was confident about the course. The conditions were tough, though, and that contributed to the higher scores,” May said. “I battled through and stayed around par.”
Once he stepped out on the course yesterday morning and felt the wind, May knew the winning score wouldn’t be below par.
May started slowly with two early bogies, but turned it on down the stretch.
“I didn’t think anyone would be under par for sure because the greens are tricky and it was really windy,” May said. “I thought like a 72 or 73 was probably the number. I came in and there were a few 75s on the board, and a 74 came in at the end.”
The victory was especially satisfying for May, who came into the season with high expectations but was also battling an injury. An injured back slowed him early in the season and, just after returning to the lineup, he broke the index finger on his right hand playing basketball. That set him back some more.
“I had to miss the majority of the summer because of my back, and as soon as I got better I broke my finger. I missed almost half my matches and my finger was still sore when I came back,” May said. “The last part of the season I got healthy and won the Cape Ann League Open, though, which was good. Then, our team was close to making the finals and I got through as an individual.”
Now, George May has set himself up for the chance to duplicate what older brother Charlie did in his final two years at Masconomet.