Lacasse tops teammate for Red Red Ryan title
In what turned out to be a Bow High School championship flight match, third-seeded Joshua Lacasse upset medalist and No. 1 seed Douglas Champagne 5 and 3 Thursday to capture the Intermediate Division title in the 57th Red Ryan CYO Golf Tournament at Derryfield Country Club in Manchester.
It was Lacasse’s second Red Ryan championship in the past three years. Lacasse captured the Junior Division title in 2012.
Merrimack’s Brennen Gillis captured Junior Division honors Thursday by defeating Bedford’s Griffin Gagne, 7 and 5. In the Mite Division, Bedford’s C.J. Ladue defeated Nashua’s T.J. Gillis, 2 and 1.
Lacasse scorched the Derryfield course Thursday, shooting under par in both his semifinal and final matches.
Against fellow Bow golf team member Champagne in the finals, Lacasse birdied the first three holes for a quick 2-up lead. Champagne got one hole back, but Lacasse birdied hole nine to regain a two-up lead at the turn.
Lacasse won hole 11 with a par and hole 13 with a birdie to go four up. He won the match with a birdie on the 15th hole.
In the semifinals against Londonderry’s Nick Stone, Lacasse was four-under-par at the turn, good for a five-hole lead. Pars on holes 10 through 13 eventually closed out the match, 7 and 5.
Champagne, a Junior Division medalist winner in 2012, reached the finals with a 5 and 4 win over New Ipswich’s Roman Ojala. He took command of the match with a three-under-par front nine and went one-under-par over the final five holes to close out the match on the 15th hole.
In the Junior Division, the match between Gillis and Gagne started even through six holes.
Gillis won two of the next three holes, taking the turn with a 2-up lead. Gillis continued to dominate, winning each of the next five holes to close out the match on the 14th hole.
Gillis defeated Amherst’s Ryan Stankiewicz 3 and 2 in his morning semifinal match. Gagne defeated Michael Kesselring of Manchester 4 and 2 in his semifinal match.
In the Mite Division finals, Ladue was 3-up after five holes. Gillis won hole six, but after both players made par on seven, Ladue closed out the match with a par on hole eight for the 2 and 1 victory.
Gillis reached the finals by beating Manchester’s Matthew Simmons in 11 holes. Ladue’s semifinal victory came at the expense of Auburn’s Nicholas Tufts, 4 and 3.
The Colin A. MacDonald Outstanding Golfer award was presented to Intermediate champion Lacasse, while Mite champion Ladue was selected as the Tony Haley Rookie of the Year.
All championship flight finalists received tickets to meet former Red Ryan Intermediate champion and three-time PGA tour winner Scott Stallings at this year’s Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston. Stallings will be competing in the Fed Ex Cup Championship over Labor Day weekend.
Semifinals: Douglas Champagne d. Roman Ojala, 5 and 4; Joshua Lacasse d. Nick Stone, 7 and 5; Final: Lacasse d. Champagne, 5 and 3
Intermediate Division-1st Flight
Semifinals: Jeremy Duhamel d. Christopher Saunders, 5 and 4; Jordan Oelkers d. Jordan Dahl, 1-up; Finals: Duhamel d. Oelkers, 6 and 4
Semifinals: Griffin Gagne d. Michael Kesselring, 4 and 2; Brennen Gillis d. Ryan Stankiewicz, 3 and 2; Final: Gillis d. Gagne, 7 and 5
Junior Division-1st Flight
Semifinals: Connor Robert d. Curtis Wirbal, 4 and 2; Eric Keilty d. Ryan Fitzgerald, 5 and 4; Finals: Keilty d. Robert, 1-up
Semifinals: C.J. Ladue d. Nicholas Tufts, 4 and 3; T.J. Gillis d. Matthew Simmons, 1-up; Final: Ladue d. Gillis, 2 and 1