School: Rumson-Fair Haven
His run of solid playing began when he tied for second at the Galloway Challenge. He then won the Monmouth County Tournament at Hominy Hill for the second time. He lost on the second playoff hole to CBA’s Jerry Wall at the Shore Conference Tournament, and then won the South/Central Group II individual title. He shot 73 at the Tournament of Champions.
Wall’s consistency has been his trademark since entering the Colts’ lineup late in his freshman year. Highlighting his season was a playoff win over Rumson-Fair Haven’s John Edler to win the Shore Conference Tournament after he had tied for sixth at the Monmouth County Tournament. He closed out his season by winning the Non-Public A individual title at the Tournament of Champions as the Colts won the overall team title.
It was a breakthrough season in many respects for Jones, who flashed his potential as a freshman. After shooting 70 at Shark River to finish second at the Wall Invitational, Jones tied for second at the Monmouth County Tournament and was third at the Shore Conference Tournament. In NJSIAA play, he won the South/Central Group IV individual title, before finishing tied for second overall at the Tournament of Champions with a 69 at Hopewell Valley.
After bursting onto the scene with his win at last year’s Shore Conference Tournament, Palazzolo tied for fourth at this year’s event as the Colts won the team title. He tied for third at the South/Central Non-Public A sectional, and then shot 72 at the Tournament of Champions to finish tied for eighth. He continued his solid play at the recent NJ Amateur, finishing tied for 12th.
Over his four-year career, which began with him losing a playoff to Mater Dei’s Ryan McCormick and Rumson-Fair Haven’s Charlie Edler at the Shore Conference Tournament his freshman year, the Colts have won four SCT titles and two overall state championships. This season, Wall finished tied for second at the Monmouth County Tournament, and tied for seventh at the SCT. He shot 76 at the Tournament of Champions.
Any questions about Gutzler’s standing among the area’s top players were answered this spring, as he finished in the top 10 in every event he competed in. After making his way through the NJSIAA sectionals and advancing as an individual, Gutzler shot a 71 in the Tournament of Champions at Hopewell Valley and tied for sixth overall. He was fifth at the Monmouth County Tournament and 10th at the Shore Conference Tournament.
Birch capped his career with his best season. He tied for fifth at the Wall Invitational at Shark River. He then tied for fourth at the Shore Conference Tournament as the Crimson Knights finished third as a team. The highlight of the season came at the South/Central Group III sectional at Running Deer as Birch finished second overall, and Wall qualified as a team for the Tournament of Champions.