The top boys and girls high school golfers will tee it up for individual and team state championships this week.
The girls competition is set for today at Proctor-Pittsford Country Club while the boys’ tournament is heading to Woodstock Country Club on Wednesday for the first time.
The boys will enjoy a change of scenery after a long run of playing the state tournament at Ralph Myhre Golf Club in Middlebury.
More than six dozen golfers make up the boys’ field, with team and individual titles on the line in three divisions.
Essex is heading back to the state tournament for the first time since claiming four consecutive Division I titles from 2007-2010.
The Hornets, who won the north sectional qualifier last week, have a balanced lineup led by Connor Calhoun and Brock Paquette.
Champlain Valley Union, two-time defending state champions in Division I, finished only four strokes behind Essex in the north sectional.
South Burlington took third and Spaulding fourth to qualify for the state tournament.
Calhoun and CVU’s Peter Scrimegour each shot 72 at Jay Peak Resort for north sectional medalist honors, and both have a season scoring average of just over 75.
A Rutland team paced by Drake Hull appears to the favorite based on season scoring averages.
The Raiders and Burr and Burton each fired a four-player total of 312 at Equinox Resort to share first at the south sectional, with Hull’s 72 good for medalist honors.
Lyndon and Mount Abraham are the teams to beat in Division II based on sectional qualifying.
MAU’s Jona Scott was northern Vermont’s best golfer this spring with a 72.83 scoring average.
In the girls tournament today at Proctor-Pittsford, Rice Memorial’s Maddie Myers will attempt to defend her Division II individual crown.
Maria Reed and Jessica Poratti try to help Essex capture its first Division I crown since 1998.
Defending-champion Rutland has won seven of the past nine Division I girls titles.