Steven Dilisio is the freshman golfer that came to St. John’s Prep with a reputation as a big-time player.
Dilisio, a Swampscott resident, hasn’t given up that title, but he’s made some room for classmate James Turner.
Turner continued his spectacular freshman season by firing a team-low 71 at Bradford Country Club in Haverhill to lead St. John’s to victory at the Division 1 North sectional yesterday.
Brandon Bingel (75), Dilisio (76) and Josh Wingardner (79) also contributed to the Eagles’ 301. Central Catholic was second with a 312, Lincoln-Sudbury was third with a 313, and Westford Academy fired a combined 318 to finish fourth. All four teams will advance to next week’s state final at Norton Country Club.
Dilisio, a three-time champion at the Massachusetts Junior Amateur, and Turner have officially set themselves up as a feared duo for years to come.
“Dilisio has the reputation. James, I know I met him last spring and I remembered he played at Bass Rocks,” Prep coach Larry O’Neill said. “He’s just really done a wonderful job for us, taking a 71 under those circumstances is really remarkable. He’s thrilled and he should be. We’re looking for good things from him next Monday, too.”
In very windy conditions, Turner was 3-over par after nine holes but holed out his second shot on the 15th hole for an eagle, then added two more birdies. He produced the fourth-lowest score of the tournament.
Bingel and Dilisio also qualified as individuals for St. John’s.
Also in Division 1, Peabody finished 14th as a team with a 348, but senior Athan Goulos advanced as an individual after shooting a 77.
Masconomet finished a shot back from Division 2 North winners Concord-Carlisle, but its team 325 was good enough for second-place and a spot in Monday’s state final at Gannon in Lynn.
George May shot a 77 to lead Masco, while Matt Peacock (78) and Charlie May (79) also performed well in tough conditions at Far Corner Golf Course.
“I live right down the road and I played here almost every day in the summer and I’ve never played the course this hard,” Peacock said. “The wind was a factor, but the leaves and pin locations were tough and it was soft out there. Usually you get that bounce off the greens, but you weren’t getting it today.”
Beverly finished fourth with a 351 but came up short in its attempt to advance as a team. Panthers’ No. 1 player Kevin Dyer shot an 81 to move on as an individual.
Marblehead had a team 360 in Division 2. Salem’s Tim Richmond fired a 78 to advance as an individual.
In Division 3 North, Danvers had a team 321 and took sixth place. Falcon freshman Mike Plansky shot a 77 to tie for fifth place and earn a spot in next week’s state final as an individual.
Swampscott had a 347 and finished 14th in Div. 3.