The Triton golf team is entering uncharted waters in the history of the program.
The Viking top six have had some sweet success over the past two Mondays. Two weeks ago, they won the River Rival Tournament. Last Monday, they took the Division 3 State Sectional Championship, beating out 18 other teams with a score of 300. Arlington Catholic was second at 311, and Weston third with 315.
Now the Vikes are headed to the Division 3 State Finals in Devens Monday to play against AC and Weston for the first time in the program’s history.
“We’ve had individual successes over the years,” says Dube. “This is my seventh year coaching now, we’ve been to the state tournament every year. We’ve had individuals advance. But never has there been a team that has advanced. These guys have left their mark on the Triton golf history as the first team to do that.”
On the individual side Monday, while Newburyport had the first-place finisher in Brendan Crowther (1-over par, 70 ), Triton placed the second, third, fourth and fifth finishers with Jon Seward (73), Kyle Hillick (74), Mike Shea (76) and Jack Cook (77). Those four will also be playing for the individual state title next week.
Adding to Triton’s accomplishment is the fact that these Vikings are a young team with their top six consisting of three sophomores (Seward, Shea and Cook) and a junior (Kyle Hillick) plus seniors Zack D’Agostino and Ryan Perilli.
“It’s pretty impressive to have a young group of kids just coming on and playing golf like nothing happened,” says D’Agostino. “Every day they come and play. You’ve got to teach them nothing. They just know what to do.”
Shea believes that it is the team’s youth that may have actually graced them with an X-factor along the way.