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Chariho golfer receives top honor

WOOD RIVER JCT. — Chariho High golfer Corey Zegarzewski was named to the Southern Division first team for the second straight season.

Zegarzewski, a junior who made first-team Coaches Association All-State as a sophomore, didn’t equal the numbers he put up last season, but was still good enough to finish among the top golfers in his league. Zegarzewski posted a season average of 41.3 and had the lowest, or tied for the lowest, score for the Chargers in every Southern Division match.

“Corey was trying to find his swing a bit and it’s a short season. The biggest difference between this season and last year was he was searching for the birdies. He never blew up or had a bad score but he didn’t have as many under-par holes. He was still our medalist in most competitions and I could always count on him to come in with a low score,” Chariho coach Mike Nedwidek said.

The coaches group picked a six-member first, second and third team for each division with the criteria being each golfer’s scoring average to par during league play. Golfers needed to compete in a minimum of six matches to qualify.

Zegarzewski’s stroke average of 41.3 was up a bit from last year’s average of 38.9. According to Nedwidek, his average-to-par score was just above four strokes. Nedwidek also said higher score averages were a trend this season.

“Everyone’s stroke average seemed to be up by a stroke to a stroke and a quarter and Corey’s was about around that high,” Nedwidek said.

According to Nedwidek, Zegarzewski was in the hunt for another Coaches Association All-State honor right up until the state tournament. The junior carded an 86 on the first day of competition and missed the cut by six strokes which took him out of the running for All-State honors. The All-State team is based on a combination of regular-season and state tournament performances.

Despite missing out on All- State honors, Zegarzewski was selected to play in the first-ever Principal’s Cup at Green Valley. The friendly competition pitted the top-12 private school golfers against the top-12 public school golfers in the state.

Also earning postseason honors for the Chargers was junior Nick Chartier who was named to the All-Southern Division second team.

Chartier, who qualified for state tournament as an individual, earned his first all-league honors by posting a 43.5 scoring average. Chartier’s scores were good enough to count toward Chariho’s score in every competition this season.

Nedwidek said Chartier was a consistent player who could be counted on to come in with a score good enough to count for the team total.

Chariho finished the season with a 4-8-2 record. The Chargers did not qualify for the state tournament as a team for the first time since 2010.

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