The leaves are turning in Massachusetts, and that means high school golf teams have their sights on sectional and state championships as they prepare for the final push. Some teams have locked up a spot in their region's championship, which keeps their hopes alive for a chance to play in the state championship.
Other schools are trying to finish strong to get grab a spot in their sectional championship.
Across the state, conferences compete differently. Some play nine-hole stroke play while others play quota; a small segment plays match play. The sectional and state championships are a different beast, as both feature 18-hole stroke play where each team brings six players. The four best scores are counted. This highlights the ability of players to maintain focus during a longer competition, as regular season matches are nine holes. For some teams, a top-heavy roster can be exposed, and depth can go a long way in making a run at lifting a trophy.
Coming into the championship season playing well is also important. Just ask 2022 champion BC High, which started 0-6 before turning its season around and winning the Division 1 crown.
- Sectional championships - Monday, Oct. 23 (various sites)
- State championship - Monday, Oct. 30 @GreatHorse (Hampden, Mass.)
Let's take a look at some of the teams that seem poised to contend in their division for a state championship.