Kim’s 64 leads Metuchen’s first-place showing

Peter Kim, the 2012 Tournament of Champions winner, fired a 7-under 64 to boost the Metuchen High School boys golf team to a first-place finish in Monday’s Central Group I Sectional Tournament at Town & Country Golf Links in Woodstown. Metuchen, the defending champion in Central Group I, scored 302 as a team and advanced Kim and two others to next week’s T of C.

“I think that was our goal from the beginning of the season, to repeat as sectional champions,” Metuchen head coach Rich Stoner said. “We wanted to repeat as State Group I champions as well, so we’ve completed one of our goals. We are aiming to be the Tournament of Champions winner as well. We have to work hard the rest of the week and hopefully we’ll be in the conversation and be able to win.”

Joining Kim in next week’s T of C are Jeremy Nevius and Matt Biancamano, who shot 72 and 80, respectively to finish second and fifth in the Sectional for Metuchen.

In the South Jersey Non-Public A Sectional, St. Joseph finished second behind Christian Brothers Academy to advance to the Tournament of Champions. The Falcons’ team score of 324 was 12 strokes behind CBA, but the four-man team will get a chance to capture a state title in less than a week.

“I think this is an accomplishment to keep the season going and play in the Tournament of Champions,” St. Joseph head coach Ryan Lechner said. “And for the seniors to go out on a high note this is great. The guys were disappointed that we couldn’t put as much pressure on CBA as we would have liked, but I’m just happy that we’ll get a chance to go back to the Tournament of Champions where we made a big splash last year.”

Hartej Gill led St. Joseph with a 79, Gabe Rivera carded an 80, Brian Fitzpatrick finished with a score of 82 and Steve Taraska rounded out the squad with an 83.

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