Delbarton's Godart wins individual title

Delbarton's Godart wins individual title

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Delbarton's Godart wins individual title

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Although he’s been one of the steadiest and most consistent players on one of the top golf teams in New Jersey, Delbarton senior Kevin Godart had never received much individual attention over his four-year tenure with the Green Wave.

Godart had to sit back and watch teammates like the now-graduated John Voetsch or current teammates Will Voetsch and Frank Szucs receive all the accolades and championships.

That was, until Tuesday afternoon.

That’s when Godart shot a sizzling one-under par 71 over the first 18 holes of the Morris County Golf Tournament championships, then shot an even par in an extra hole playoff with surprising freshman Evan Quinn of Morristown to capture the individual gold medal at the county tournament at Flanders Valley Golf Course.

Godart’s performance guided the Green Wave to the team title, easily defeating runner-up Morristown by 18 strokes, 307 to 325.

“It’s very satisfying,” Godart said. “My hard work has finally paid off.”

Godart had no idea that he could actually come away with the county title. He just hoped to be in the mix.

“I wanted to be as close to part as possible,” Godart said. “But once I rolled in a couple of birdies early on, I knew that was going to go below than what I expected. I tried to block all of it out, knowing that I was close.”

Godart’s fine round was matched by the impressive freshman Quinn, who knew he had a chance to do fairly well after competing in the Voorhees Tournament recently.

“Coming into today, I had no expectations at all,” said Quinn, who said he’s been playing golf since he was about three years old, thanks to his father, Jim. “I hadn’t been playing well. My driver was erratic and I could not putt well. I knew I was pretty young and there were a lot more experienced golfers out there.”

But Quinn finished his round at 71 and when he finished, he was five strokes ahead of the rest of the field.

“That really surprised me,” Quinn said. “I thought someone would shoot lower than 71 today. I had no idea. I guess after I was one under (par) after the first couple of holes, I thought I had a shot. My swing was cooperating and the greens weren’t too fast.”

When Godart came home with the same score, Quinn just picked up his bag and headed for the 10th hole for the playoff _ the second county tournament to come down to a playoff in the last four years.

Godart said that he was nervous approaching the extra hole.

“I was excited, but I was also pretty nervous,” Godart said.

On the par-four extra hole, Godart played his driver to about 170 yards from the hole. He then hit his six-iron toward the green.

“I pulled it a little, but it left me with about a 25-footer,” said Godart, whose birdie attempt fell about three feet short and he tapped in for par and the championship.

“It’s a great feeling,” said Godart, who plans to attend Colgate University and play golf there.

Delbarton head coach Sean Flanagan was excited for his senior player.

“It’s great for Kevin,” Flanagan said. “Playing in this tournament, you need to be as consistent as you can get. Well, that’s what Kevin has been all year. He’s been the consummate team player all four years and he hung in there to finally get his chance. It didn’t matter where he played. Kevin always has been consistent in putting up good scores.”

A year ago, the Falcons were the pre-tourney favorite, but faltered as Jefferson surprised everyone in getting the team crown.

Not this time.

“I think last year’s tournament left a little bit of a bad taste in our mouths,” Flanagan said. “They all wanted to come here and play well. And they all played great golf today.”

All four Green Wave golfers finished among the top 15.

Sophomore Will Voetsch, who admitted to having a “rotten day,” finished in a three-way tie for fourth at 76, behind Jim Campbell of Chatham, whose 75 was good for third place all alone. Voetsch was tied with Lars Kjaeroe of Mendham and Blake DiPaola of West Morris at 76.

Szucs was right behind with a score of 78, followed by Ty Zebrowski, who had an 82.

“It’s not easy to shoot good scores all the time,” Flanagan said. “It was a good all-around performance.”

Godart is hopeful that the Green Wave can capitalize on their solid performance when the NJSIAA state sectionals are held May 13.

“I think a lot of momentum can be created by this,” Godart said.

“It’s Kevin’s senior year and he’s played really solid golf,” Flanagan said. “He deserves this.”

The Colonials, riding the coattails of their talented freshman, finished a solid second. After Quinn, James Mongey finished among the top 10 with a round of 80, tied with Joe Moretti and Vinny Cannarozzi of Jefferson and Ryan Coyne of Randolph.

Tommy Hayes of West Morris (78) and Alex Bollington of Madison (79) rounded out the top 10.

Carly Hopton of Madison was the top girl finisher, coming home with a score of 86. Hopton will be one of the golfers to watch next Tuesday as the Morris County holds a girls’ championship, a nine-hole competition also at Flanders Valley.

James Hague: ogsmar@aol.com

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