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October 16, 2012

Triton claims the Rat

NEWBURY — The Triton golf team won its seventh River Rival Championship in 14 years at Ould Newbury Golf Club yesterday, besting the field of local teams, which includes Amesbury, Pentucket and Newburyport.

The Clippers also had a successful day, running their record to .500 for the first time this season on a warm, blustery day.

“It’s always fun,” said Triton coach Rich Dube. “We always look forward to playing the Rat at the end of the year because we play against these guys all year. It’s just a real good tournament.”

Pentucket’s Jeff Funk was named the King Rat with 31 points, while Newburyport captain Brendan Crowther was the second-place finisher with 29 points.

“It’s cool,” Funk said of being named King. “I was kind of hoping that our team would do better than we did, but it was fun being King Rat.”

Indeed, Funk’s Sachems had a tough outing, falling out of contention for the state tournament with a 0-3 performance, dropping them to 7-10 on the season with only two matches left.

“It’s too bad, I’m disappointed for them,” Pentucket coach Jayne Beaton said of her players. “It’s so much fun to go to the (state) tournament.”

Triton (14-5-0) came into the day the clear leader of the pack while Amesbury had a 7-7-0 record coming into Ould Newbury. With a 1-2 performance, the Indians must win their final match against Ipswich (3-9-0) to qualify.

Newburyport (8-8-0) was riding a hot streak, winning six out of its last seven matches. With a 2-1 record at the Rat, the Clippers now must win one out of the next two matches against North Reading.

“We’re in a better position than we were yesterday,” said Newburyport coach Steve Malenfant, whose team started the season with a 0-6 record before heating up. “We’ve been throwing out some of the higher scores than we’ve had as a team. We match up favorably with the other teams (making the tournament) that have been very good.”

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