Truro title comes down to final-hole battle
TRURO - The bragging rights are all Benn Boutilier's now.
The 18-year-old North River resident laid claim to Truro Golf Club's junior championship Tuesday, carding 7-over-par 78 for a one-stroke victory over close friend and defending champion James Shapleigh, who shot 74.
And you can bet it'll be brought up in a conversation or two in the near future.
"He'll probably razz me for it because he clipped me by one but I can come back and say I got you by a few last year," Shapleigh said with a laugh as Boutilier stood next to him. "But it was a good one for Benn to go out on in his last one as a junior."
Mark Rau (83-90) and Christian Huntley (89-84) finished tied for third on the par-71, 5,777-yard course, while Patrick Jackson (89-85) was fifth.
Matt Fultz (98-82) was the juvenile champion, Huntley took the midget title and Isaac MacNaughton (89-94) claimed the peewee crown.
Madeline Young claimed the overall girls title while Sara Stoddard took the juvenile girls division. Hannah Kolke won the midget category and Isabella Young finished atop the peewee division.
Although he was nipped in the end, Shapleigh didn't go down without a fight. The 17-year-old Truro resident was five strokes back heading into the final round of the 36-hole event after shooting 79 Monday, but went on a mid-round tear Tuesday to erase the deficit in just four holes and pulled into a tie with a birdie on No. 13.
But Boutilier stepped up with a birdie of his own on No. 14 to take a lead he wouldn't relinquish. Although he tried on the 18th hole, knocking his drive into the tress to the left of the fairway. But Shapleigh stepped up and hit his tee shot into the water on the right.
"I thought I lost it for a second but I hung on in the end. It was a pretty good battle out there," Boutilier said. "I got lucky."
Boutilier said the battle to the wire made it hard to process the fact he actually won the event. But he couldn't deny it felt good to do so.
"Especially because I didn't get it last year and this year I wasn't hitting it that good until the last little while. I heated up at the right time I guess."
Now Shapleigh is looking for his next chance to get the score back in his favour.
"He got me on the weekend in the men's club too so I've got to get those bragging rights back," he said with a laugh.