BRISTOL - Michael Dolce is a state champion.
The St. Paul junior golfer shot a 76 at the Division IV State Championship, tying him with Coginchaug’s Tyler Woodward for the state title, as Dolce’s 18-hole round led the Falcons to an eighth-place team finish Monday.
Dolce shot a 36 on the front nine and a 40 on the back nine to also earn him a trip to the State Open on June 8 at Black Hall Country Club in Old Lyme. The junior will also be playing in the New England Championships on June 19 in New Hampshire.
Dolce and teammate Ryne Salius were each named to the Division IV All-State team.
Salius carded an 83 on Monday, and Jeremy Rinaldi (89) and Chris Millerick (91) accounted for the rest of the Falcons’ team score of 339. Jordan Rinaldi shot a 94.
Also shining at the state meet was Terryville’s Michael Hills, who finished eighth overall by shooting a 79 as the Kangaroos finished 17th as a team with a score of 392.
The Kangaroos were also bolstered by Anthony Garuti (102), Andrew McLaughlin (104) and Eli Benson (107). Nathan Scarola’s score (107) was not included in the final score.
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