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December 5, 2012

Windham's Greenleaf exceeds the hype

Eagle-Tribune All-Star Golf Team

Name School Year

Tyler Nelson Central Jr.

Scott Farley Haverhill Sr.

Taylor Simpson Londonderry Sr.

Alec Brown North Andover Sr.

Jake Vaiknoras Pelham Jr.

* Connor Greenleaf Windham Jr.

* 2012 Eagle-Tribune MVP

Honorable Mention

Andover: Brett Krekorian, Jr.; Tyler Stahl, Sr.

Central Catholic: Ryan Mahoney, Jr.

Haverhill: Ryan Paris, Sr.

Lawrence: Dantae Neal, Soph.

Londonderry: Ryan Broderick, Jr.; Nick Stone, Jr.

Methuen: Jon Pierce, Jr.; Patrick Hambleton, Sr.

North Andover: Justin Myerson, Jr.

North Reading: Dennis Rollfs, Jr.

Pelham: Alex Newton, Sr.; Nick Neary, Sr.

Pentucket-Georgetown: Krystal Knight, Soph.; Jeff Funk, Sr.

Pinkerton: Nick Salema, Sr.

Salem: Ryan Henrick, Jr.

Sanborn: Chris Pasto, Jr.; Chris Palladino, Jr.

Timberlane: Jameson Collins, Sr.; Brendan Crowley, Jr.

Windham: Andrew Kalil, Sr.; Adam Dolan, Jr.

Greenleaf accustomed to taking on the best

When you trade swings with the big boys like junior phenoms Beau Hossler and Brad Dalke at the U.S. Junior Championships in the summer, you become a marked man.

Windham’s Connor Greenleaf more than answered the call.

Leading the Jaguars to a perfect season was one thing. Doing it as he fought off Lyme disease was another.

“At one point, it was just terrible. I remember vomiting in a high school match and continuing on,” he said. “But only in the last three weeks did things start to get better.”

Windham’s medalist in all but one dual meet, he carded 36 or under for nine holes seven times.

But it was the courageous comeback, from down four shots after Day 1 to win the State Division 2 individual title, that made Greenleaf’s season.

He shot the round of the season, a 70 in nasty weather at Canterbury Woods on Day 2 — the low round of the tourney by three shots — to ice the victory.

Greenleaf, a 16-year-old junior, was named Eagle-Tribune MVP for the second time, making him the fourth repeat winner in the 24-year history of the award. As a freshman at Central Catholic, he earned the honor as well.

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