The winds were strong at Eisenhower Red, and so was a late comeback attempt.
Chaminade's Nicholas DiMaio overcame both, though, shooting a 6-over 78 for 18 holes and defeating St. Anthony's Colin Geier in a playoff to win the CHSAA individual boys golf championship yesterday.
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DiMaio also helped lead the Flyers (12-0) to a third-straight team championship, as Chaminade's aggregate score bested St. Anthony's, 407-410.
"Four years and finally pulling through feels great. I'm so grateful," said DiMaio, who led after nine holes by shooting a 39.
Geier rallied on the back nine, shooting a 1-over 37 to force a playoff on the par-5 first hole. There, DiMaio made par to secure the title, setting himself up with a strong tee shot that landed just off the fairway.
"I just wanted to get the ball on the fairway and it just slid off, but I wanted to give myself a chance and I did just that," DiMaio said.
As for the conditions, he said "you really had to grind. It was probably close to 30 mile-per hour-winds. It was tough. You really had to keep the ball low, and just keeping it in play was the key."
"Nick's been outstanding and he's been a pleasure to coach," Chaminade coach Joe Horan said. "He's very skilled and talented, but more than that, he's a fierce competitor and completely unnerved in competition."
On winning the team title, Horan said that "although it's an individual sport, we treat it like a team sport. We were all just a cog in the wheel."
In addition to DiMaio, Dan Shea (81), Angelo Bonvino (82), Joe Marconi (83), and Joseph Saphia (83) were included in Chaminade's team score. Teammate Jack Kerning also shot an 83 to become one of the day's 16 qualifiers for the CHSAA state tournament, which will take place on May 29 in Lagrangeville.
"The camaraderie is just so great. Everyone wants everyone to do great and it's like no other team I've been on," DiMaio said.
While DiMaio, Geier and J.P. Kilcullen of St. Mary's (who finished in third with a 79) vied for the top score, Kellenberg's Santiago Rolon eagled the par-4 ninth.
Kyle Cunningham of St. Anthony's (83) was named league most valuable player, posting a league-best average score of 2.67 over par during the regular season.