Many golfers go a lifetime without shooting a hole-in-one.
Tyler Nelson, obviously, isn’t most golfers. The Central Catholic senior yesterday fired his second ace in two weeks and third in the last 15 months.
Nelson’s ace on the 138-yard 17th hole at the Black Swan Country Club in Georgetown helped him finish fourth at the Division 1 State Golf championship. He finished one stroke back with a 73.
“I was using a pitching wedge,” explained Nelson, last year’s Eagle-Tribune MVP in basketball. “It took a hop and went past the hole and spun in. I saw it go in. I was just shocked.”
So was Raider assistant Pete Desjardins.
“He was shocked when I got the second one,” said the Fairfield basketball recruit. “He’s never had one and he’s been playing forever.”
Sometimes it seems like Nelson has been playing forever, too.
“I live at Bradford Country Club,” he said. “I’ve been playing since I was 6 or 7. I compete in everything I do.”
This may have been his last competitive round of golf. Or at least the last for several years.
“Golf’s a hobby,” he said. “But I’ll definitely still play. I can definitely see myself playing golf for the rest of my life.”
Duke recruit wins state title
Duke recruit Jake Shulman of Needham won a three-way playoff with a birdie on the second hole to repeat as Division 1 state champ. He beat Matt Organisak of Lincoln-Sudbury and Jon DiLisio of St. John’s Prep.
The Prep won the team title on a tie-breaker (No. 5 golfer). The Eagles and Xaverian both shot 312 through their top four.
Central placed fourth in the Division 1 team standings with a 317. Nelson was backed by Pat Silk (74), Mark Mancini (84) and Kyle Dunn (86).
Myerson paces Knights
At Division 2 States, North Andover placed fifth with a 328 led by Justin Myerson with a stellar 77 and Sam Caron with an 82. Concord-Carlisle (303) captured the title and Masconomet’s George May won the individual title with a 73.
Division 1 States
at Black Swan CC
Team leaders (10 teams): 1. *St. John’s Prep 312, 2. Xaverian 312, 3. St. John’s Shrewsbury 316, 4. Central Catholic 317
* won tie-breaker (fifth golfer score)
Individual results: 1. *Jake Shuman (Needham) 72, 2. Matt Organisak (L-S) 72, 3. Steve DiLisio (SJP) 72, 4. Tyler Nelson (CC) 73, 4. Matt Hutchins (L-S) 74, 5. Eddie Black (St. John’s-Shrewsbury) 75
* won three-way playoff
Central Catholic results: Tyler Nelson 73, Pat Silk 74, Mark Mancini 84, Kyle Dunn 86, Evan Becht 86, Ryan Ajamian 90
Division 2 States
at Blackstone National GC
Team leaders: 1. Concord-Carlisle 303, 2. Hingham 305, 3. Belmont 315, 4. Walpole 323, 5. North Andover 328
Individual results: 1. George May (Masco) 73
North Andover results: Justin Myerson 77, Sam Caron 82, Will Berberich 84, Cam Carito 85, Jack Kelly 87