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Thursday, April 19 Sports

Rams boys golf wins share of Division II state title

HARWINTON -- New Canaan and Notre Dame-West Haven went home happy after Wednesday's CIAC Division II Golf Championship at Fairview Farms, tying for first with an 18-over 306.

Darien and Pomperaug tied for third at 310 and Avon came in fifth with a total of 314.

The Rams earned their share of the team title by counting four scores in the 70s led by Justin Clark with a 75. Kyle Finnican and Elias Litchman both signed for a 76 and Chris Tohir had four birdies en route to a 79.

Notre Dame was paced by Eric Austin with a steady 73. Austin had two birdies, three bogeys and 13 pars; Boynton Daniel signed for a 75; while Zach Iannone shot 78 and Andrew Madar carded an 80.

John VanDerLaan of Pomperaug and Brian Carlson of Daniel Hand tied for second behind Kong at even-par 72 and earned spots in the New England Championships along with Kong. VanDerLaan had five birdies on his round and was as low as 2-under after consecutive birdies at Nos. 13 and 14 but he bogeyed 15 and 16 and finished with a pair of pars.

"I played Ok, I didn't hit that great," VanDerLaan said. "I was able to make five birdies but I had five bogeys too."

VanDerLaan was eyeing medalist honors coming in and a possible team title as well with his Panthers having won the D-I title last season at Fairview Farms. Coming in as the top seed and off an unbeaten regular season (16-0, South-West Conference champions), Pomperaug was hoping for a Fairview Farms repeat but came up a little short.

Mike VanDerLaan carded a 74 for Pomperaug and Harold Smith overcame a triple-bogey at No. 8 with a hole-out eagle at the ninth en route to a 78.

"We played pretty well and had a really good season," Pomperaug coach Rich Szymanski said. "I wish it was a little different today. John and Mike did what they always do and I'm really happy with what we got out of Harold today. It was a pretty impressive performance from a sophomore."

Division II boys golf championship

at Fairview Farms, Harwinton

Team scores

1. (tie) New Canaan and ND-West Haven 306; 3. (tie) Darien and Pomperaug 310; 5. Avon 314; 6. (tie) Wethersfield and Hand 318; 8. Berlin 326; 9. Guilford 328; 10. East Lyme 335; 11. Masuk 342; 12. North Haven 344; 13. Watertown 347; 14. Barlow 348; 15. RHAM 350; 16. Woodstock Academy 351; 17. East Haven 354; 18. Enrico Fermi 365; 19. E.O. Smith 367; 20. Branford 374.

Individual scores of regional teams

New Canaan: Justin Clark 75, Kyle Finnican 76, Elias Litchman 76, Christoper Tohir 79, Jack Jeffrey 80; ND-West Haven: Eric Austin 73, Boynton Daniel 75, Zachary Iannone 78, Andrew Madar 80, Alexander Ruxer 86; Darien: Mac Koorbusch 76, Christian Ostberg 77, Jack Klingman 78, Sam Knowlton 79, Cameron Van de Graaf 81; Pomperaug: John VanDerLaan 72, Michael VanDerLaan 74, Harold Smith 78, Matthew Van Doren 86, Brendan McCarthy 86; Masuk: Michael Massar 83, Matthew Manjos 85, Ryan Simmeth 85, Andrew Clark 89, Scott Wechter 90; Barlow: Kain Upson 86, Jake Sullivan 87, Michael Brown 87, Grant Worthington 88, Reilly Haughan 91.

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Regional individual qualifers: Spencer Olson (Bethel) 81.