AUBURN, Mass. – The Auburn High School boys golf team continued its dominance on Monday, winning the Central Massachusetts Division 2 District Tournament at Highfields Golf & Country Club in Grafton.
“The kids have done well all year, and they’re just terrific kids,” head coach Jim Wallace said. “They’re terrific leaders, very dedicated, they know the game, they practice on their own, they put the work in and that’s really the makeup of this whole team.”
The Rockets, who went undefeated in league play and had only one loss outside of the conference, followed up its Southern Worcester County League championship Oct. 18 with a district tournament victory Oct. 22.
On Monday, the Rockets combined to shoot a 332 as Tyler Lamonda led with a 79 on the par-72 course. He has been ranked No. 1 for Auburn all season. The other scorers for the Rockets were John Kewley at 83 and Luke Thunberg, Mike Fazio and Tom Randall, all at 85. The top four scorers are calculated into the final score. Rob Lucas also played, but his score was not added in.
The 332 edged out Groton Dunstable, which “was only a few shots back,” Wallace said. “We thought we might have lost, but we pulled it out.” St. Bernard’s came in third, and Grafton finished fourth.
The Rockets, 17-1 after winning the SWCL tournament and then districts, heads to Lynn for the state tournament next week. Lamonda also qualified for the individual state tournament.
Boys’ Soccer Falls on Senior Night
The Rockets had a disappointing senior night, losing to Leicester, 3-0, which eliminated Auburn from earning a playoff berth. Leicester improved to 10-4-2, and Auburn dropped to 4-8-4.
Despite the disappointments, head coach Christopher Bailey praised the senior class.
“Our seniors have been a great leadership group,” Bailey said. “They’ve been asked to change their style of soccer, and they have adapted to it without a lot of moaning and groaning, and they’ve just gone and tried to play it. It’s really been a great group of seniors.”
Girls’ Soccer Loses Second Straight
Before Oct. 18, the Rockets hadn’t lost a game since November 2010. But after falling Oct. 18 to Shepherd Hill and then losing Monday to Sutton, the girls squad has now lost two straight games.
Sutton improved to 12-2-1 on the season with the 1-0 win over Auburn, which dropped to 9-2-4.