Playing through windy conditions, Groton-Dunstable competed with force in the Central Mass. Div. 2 on Oct. 22 at Highfields Golf Course in Grafton, finishing second in a 10-team field.
"They worked hard all year and they deserve it," said coach Dave Bean.
Groton-Dunstable placed second with a score of 335, edged by Auburn High, which carded 332 to clench the District title.
Senior captain Brendan Hunter and Evan Bunis, junior, both carded an 80, while Ryan Bunis, senior, finished with an 83. Greg Preston, junior, finished with a 92 and Dean McCann and Ryan Doody, juniors, also played for GD.
Hunter reflected on the win saying, "It was well deserved, truly team work. Those who needed to step up, stepped up. We couldn't have come close without Ryan (Bunis) shooting that 83."
"I played really well and thought I helped my team, I don't think the team expected me to shoot that score," said Ryan Bunis.
His younger brother, Evan Bunis, has played strongly all season and wasn't bothered by the windy conditions saying, "My birdie on the final hole qualified me for the Individual State competition."
Bean expressed that the team stood up and played well to finish in the top seven and qualify for States. In addition, Hunter and Evan Bunis qualified for Individual State Div. 2 Championship," according to Bean.
Just two years ago, in 2010, the team took the title for Central Mass. Div. 2, for the first time in GD's history and qualified to play in the MIAA Boys Golf Championship Div. 2 (State Championship). Hunter and the two Bunis brothers were on the team then.
"It's great to play at States two times during my high school golf career," said Ryan Bunis.
Looking forward to the upcoming State Championship played Monday, October 29 at Gannon Municipal Golf Course in Lynn, Evan Bunis said, "I was surprised that we made it to States, I'm looking forward to it."
Hunter added, "I've gone as a sophomore with the team, as an individual as a junior and now going as a team is so much more enjoyable and an incentive to play well. I'm pumped!"