WILLIAMSTOWN — As he made his way through the Berkshire Hills on Monday afternoon, Winchester golf coach Tom Walsh played out the possible outcomes for the next day’s tournament.
The one thing the veteran manager knew for sure was that he could count on his star performer, Trevor Lopez, to keep his unit within reach of a state title.
His instincts proved right, and as usual, Lopez exceeded expectations. The junior shot an even-par 71 at Taconic Golf Club on Tuesday, finishing as the top individual at the tournament while delivering Winchester its first ever Division 2 golf championship.
“Trevor is, by far, the best golfer that has ever come through Winchester High School,” Walsh said. “He’s a junior, he’s won the Middlesex League Shootout as an individual two years in a row. As a team we’ve won (the Middlesex League Shootout) three years in a row because of his play. His freshman year, he finished second. He’s been the league MVP, he just wins, day in, day out.”
Facing a chance to put Winchester over the top, Lopez faced a difficult situation on the 17th hole. Not only did he sink a putt from long distance to put himself in position for the individual title, that moment also proved to be the difference-maker for Winchester — the Sachems edged Concord-Carlisle by one stroke with a combined score of 313 to take home the hardware.
“I managed to stay even or 1-under for the entire day,” Lopez said. “On 17, I made a clutch up-and-down, and made a 15-footer that ended up being the putt that clinched it.”
On top of Lopez’ heroics, Winchester was powered by Owen Egan, who ended his outing by carding a 74 (3-over 71), good enough to finish tied for fourth overall among individuals. Nico Fortier (83) and Philip Sughrue (85) rounded out the top finishers for the Sachems.
Other athletes impressing among the individual ranks included Liam Gill, posting a score of 72 to finish as runner-up. Dan Mills took third place honors (2-over 71)
Concord-Carlisle was led by Tyler Bruneau (75) and by Gabrielle Shieh, who posted a 79 while competing at the boys’ tournament, fresh off capturing the individual title at North sectionals for girls just this past spring.
After dominating all day at Williams College, the moment hadn’t truly sunk in for Lopez. As he clenched his hard-earned memento, he would take one final look at the course, as his teammates attempted to call him over for a group photo.
“I won sectionals my freshman year,” Lopez said. “But to win it as a team was kind of important to me. To win it as an individual too, to push (us) over the edge, (it made) it really special.”
1. Winchester, 313; 2. Concord-Carlisle, 314; 3. Hingham, 318; 4. Hopkinton, 319; T5. Nauset 326; T5. Sandwich, 326; T5. Westwood, 326
1. Trevor Lopez, Winchester, 71; 2. Liam Gill, Wayland, 72; 3. Dan Mills, Bishop Feehan, 73; T4. Owen Egan, Winchester, 74; T4. Pat Kilcoyne, Belmont, 74; T6. Tyler Bruneau, Winchester, 75; T6. Drew Payson, Bishop Feehan, 75; T6. Nolan Skaggs, Plymouth South, 75; 9. Mike Barrasso, Sandwich, 76; T10. Sam Hood, Sandwich, 77; T10. Will Pierce, Melrose, 77; T10; T10. Cooper Pennell, Hingham; T10. Chris O’Grady, Masconomet, 77