Our All-Herald Boys Golf Team shined from the tee box to the putting greens this season, including one local athlete that flirted with a State Open win last month.
Berlin and Southington each boast two entries on this year’s team, and the Redcoats were led by an underclassman that built upon a surprising freshman campaign with an even better performance this year.
Jacob Lindsay, now a two-time All-Herald pick, finished tied for this place at this year’s State Open at Black Hall Country Club in Old Lyme. After recording a scoring average of 2.4 last year, Lindsay logged a mark of 1.6 this spring, helping him earn six match medals out of the 14 matches he competed in this season.
Lindsay also tied for fourth place at the Avon Invitational earlier this season with a score of 72. He recorded the same score at the Division II state tournament, good for a tie for second place. He took down the entire field at the annual Stan Pisk Memorial Tournament with a top score of 69.
Lindsay will be back for two more seasons at Berlin, but he will miss teammate John Downes, a senior that joined Lindsay on the all-conference team this season. Downes, who secured a spot on the all-conference team for a third straight season, was a part of last year’s Division II runner-up team and was this year’s team captain. Downes’ achievements on the course were just half of his success, as he also won the 2019 President’s Award for outstanding academic excellence, and is a member of the National Honor Society.
Downes will attend Providence College in the fall, where he plans on continuing his golf career.
Southington’s Max Chubet represented another local athlete competing in this year’s State Open, coming in 12th place and falling just one stroke short of tying for 10th place overall. Chubet’s 1.75 scoring average helped him earn an all-conference nod, and also helped him to six match medals this year. Chubet will have a chance to improve upon his State Open finish next year as a senior.
Chubet’s teammate Shawn McKnerney rounds out our team as yet another all-conference selection. McKnerney helped the Blue Knights finish tied for eighth place at the Division I state tournament by leading the team with a score of 78, just six strokes over par. That performance helped McKnerney crack the top-20, tying for 18th place overall and putting a bow on an overall special season.
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