HOPEWELL, NJ - The Watchung Hills boys golf team won the NJSIAA Group 4 Tournament of Champions with a 311 and came in second overall to Christian Brothers Academy, who won top spot for the second year in a row with a 297, on Monday at the Hopewell Valley Golf Club.
Watchung Hills took top public school honors sharing the overall second place with Northern Valley at Old Tappan on the par-72, 6,612-yard course at Hopewell Valley.
“Congratulations to our boys golf team on capturing the Group 4 state championship,” said WHRHS Director of Athletics, Chris Van Vliet. “A special congratulations to Head Coach Sean New, as this is his second state title in three years. We are so proud of the boys and our entire golf program. What a special achievement. Go Warriors!”
In Group 4, Watchung Hills was led by Brad Pinho's 76 and Liam Larkin's 77, to beat out East Brunswick by 23 shots. Clement Shao and Owen Rossman shot 79 apiece for Watchung Hills.
”From the beginning of the season, the message to the kids has been to play consistently as a team, to pick one another up when another has an off day, and to end the season where we began it,” said WHRHS head coach Sean New. “We began the season in a scrimmage at Hopewell Valley and for the entire season, the kids have been pushing hard to get back there. We have had great underclassmen play from Owen Rossman and Liam Larkin, and I have been fortunate to have captains who make my job easy in Clement Shao and Brad Pinho. They consistently picked each other up so as to not place outside of the top three in any tournament after we faltered a bit at the Garden State Cup, picking up three tournament wins along the way. I could not be happier for and prouder of this group of kids. It was a win well deserved that capped a season that set out to be defined by consistent play and ended with just that and all four of them going in the 70s at ToCs. The future is bright for these four as all of them will be returning as well as what looks to be a deep supporting cast next year.”
Toms River North finished third with 339 and Montclair finished fourth with 351.
In individuals, CBA junior Jack Wall and freshman Arav Patel of East Brunswick were tied for first place after 18 holes at 68 forcing a sudden-death playoff. Wall came out ahead.
Matt Karrat of Morristown-Beard and Robert McHugh of Wayne Hills each shot a 71 to tie for third place and Will O’Neill of Morristown, Lucas Artigliere of Madison and Sean Taylor of Westfield each shot a par 72 to tie for fifth.
In Group 4, Patel earned the individual title, and O’Neill and Taylor were No. 2 and No. 3. Doug Ergood of Lenape shot a 73 to finish fourth.