by Ken Brown
STOWE – The Hazen Union golf team wrapped up their first season under head coach Andy Hunt last week at the Division II sectional qualifier at Montague Golf Club in Randolph.
On Monday the Wildcats finished up their regular season on the rugged Stowe Country Club course. Junior Brendan Moodie fired a 48 for his nine-hole round to claim medalist honors for the fourth time this fall. It was the fifth time overall that Moodie has medalled for the Wildcats since transferring from Peoples Academy last year.
Owen Skorstad (55), Anderson Williams (56), and Gavin Stratton (57) rounded out the scoring for Hazen on the tough mountain track.
The season came to an end for Hunt’s squad on Tuesday at sectionals in Randolph. Moodie again led the Wildcats with an 89 for his eighteen-hole round. His low score for the team was good enough for a top 20 finish in all of Division II, but fell just short of qualifying for the state tournament this week at The Golf Club at Basin Harbor in Vergennes. Gavin Stratton also wrapped up his season at Montague for the Wildcats with a 115.
Otter Valley’s Lucas Politano was the Division II medalist at sectionals in Randolph, besting the field with an impressive even-par round of 70. Long Trail’s JD Redding was runner-up with a 73. Jaden Poirier led Hartford with a 74, and they entered the state tournament at Basin Harbor on Tuesday morning as the top seed. Peoples Academy qualified as the second seed led by Ty Whyte’s 81 and Aiden Slayton’s 86 at sectionals. Leo Ploemacher fired an 83 for Lyndon Institute and the Vikings will be the third seed. Otter Valley is the two-time Division II defending champions, but just missed out on team qualifying. Politano will compete for the individual title for the Otters. Redding, Jack Breault (Mount Abraham), and Stowe’s Rowan Turner were also individual qualifiers.
Tee times for the Division II boys’ State Tournament at Basin Harbor started at 9 a.m. on Tuesday.