Cape Tech Crusaders Stage Golf Upset over St. John Paul II Lions (SLIDESHOW)

BREWSTER — Cape Cod Tech defeated St. John Paul II in golf yesterday at the Ocean Edge Resort for the first time in the two schools’ five-year rivalry, 29-25, despite the day’s low score (43) being recorded by Saint John Paul II freshman Kristina Thimme.

Cape Tech's Zach Vaughn chips onto the green on the first tee at Ocean Edge in the Crusaders' season-opening win over St. John Paul II Thursday. Sean Walsh/Capecod.com Sports

Cape Tech’s Zach Vaughn chips onto the green on the first tee at Ocean Edge in the Crusaders’ season-opening win over St. John Paul II Thursday.
Sean Walsh/Capecod.com Sports

The Cape & Islands League contest — the 2015 season-opener for both teams — puts the Crusaders in first place with Sturgis West to start the season. West defeated Sturgis East in its opener in Hyannis on Thursday (see related story).

Cape Cod Tech’s Number one and number two golfers — John Clark and Dan Puopolo — proved the difference. Clark defeated the Lions’ Patrick Connolly, 7-2, and Puopolo downed John “Waldo” Walden, 5.5 to 3.5 to help the Crusaders build a 12.5 to 5.5 lead.

In the match’s second flight, St. John Paul II frosh Thimme showed her resolve in defeating Crusaders’ senior captain Jon Spahr, 5.5 to 3.5 and fellow Lion frosh Patrick Armstrong defeated Crusader junior Zach Vaughn, 5.5 to 3.5, but it was not enough for the Lions to overcome the first flight deficit.

In the third flight, Cape Tech freshman Nick Packett beat St. John Paul II freshman Jack Greer, 5-4, while the Lions’ Aidan Hatton tied Cape Tech freshman Andrew Mead, 4.5 to 4.5.

SCORING SUMMARY:

CAPE TECH 29, ST. JOHN PAUL II 25

at Ocean Edge Golf Resort, par 36

First Flight: John Clark (CT) def. Patrick Connolly, 7-2, Dan Puopolo
(CT) def. John Walden, 5½-3½.

Second Flight: Kristina Thimme (SJP) def. Jon Spahr, 5½-3½, Patrick
Armstrong (SJP) def. Zach Vaughn, 5½-3½.

Third Flight: Nick Packett (CT) def. Jack Greer, 5-4, Aidan Hatton
(SJP) halved Andrew Mead, 4½-4½.

Medalist: Thimme (SJP), 43.

— Story by Sean Walsh, sports editor for www.capecod.com. His email is seanwalsh@ccb-media.com. Follow him on Twitter @coachwalshccbm

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