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May 01, 2012
CBA boys shatter SCT golf record

MILLSTONE — The fact that Christian Brothers Academy left Charleston Springs Golf Club with both the team and individual title at Monday’s Shore Conference Tournament is a surprise to no one. But no one could have anticipated how it all transpired on the South course.

On a squad featuring some of the state’s top players, it was Vince Palazzolo, a relatively unknown sophomore, who eagled two of his final four holes to capture individual crown with a 3-under-par 69.

As a team, the reigning state champions produced a staggering four-man total of 288 — an average of even-par 72 on the 6,500-yard test — to shatter the tournament record by 13 shots. The Colts captured the top four spots, including sophomore Jerry Wall (72), senior Jimmy Dengler (73) and junior Ethan Wall (74).

When CBA, which captured the Monmouth County Tournament last week, emerged victorious at the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions last spring at Neshanic Valley, they shot 295 — or 10 shots better than the previous TOC record. Their latest performance gives a clear indication of the Colts’ intentions over the next few weeks.

“Where do you go from here? That’s the only question,” wondered CBA coach Tim Sewnig. “Can you keep this going through the states?”

Palazzolo, who has been playing golf for four years, did not crack the Colts’ lineup last year as a freshman.

“I felt coming in that 75 or better would be a good score,” said Palazzolo. “I really came in just wanting to help the team win.”

He accomplished that … and then some.

Beginning his round on the 10th hole, Palazzolo made the turn at 1-under-par after a tap-in birdie on No. 18.

“I definitely felt good (Monday),” Palazzolo said. “I thought when I made the turn at 1-under-par that a good round was possible.”

Palazzolo, who shot 79 at the MCT at Hominy Hill, then proceeded to card bogeys on the first and third holes dropped him back to 1-over-par. But he managed to keep his round going with a nice par-save on the fourth hole.

Then, on the 505-yard sixth hole, his 3-wood second shot came to rest 25 feet from the pin and he sank the putt for eagle to take the lead at 1-under-par.

Two holes later, he hit the green on a 505-yard, par-5 with a 4-iron, sinking a 20-foot birdie putt to seal the victory.

“Vince has been playing very well in our matches. His average is under-par,” said Sewnig. “With his play he was basically saying ‘you have to put me on the tournament team,’ and he really came through with a great performance.’ ”

The old tournament record was 301, set by Wall in 2004, when they finished two shots clear of CBA. Results

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