John Petronis and the Mainland Regional High School golf team made sure to bring home some mementos from Hopewell Valley Golf Club on Monday.
Forget golf balls, tees and divot repairs.
Petronis and the Mustangs wanted more.
Petronis brought home the state Group III individual title and the Mustangs the state Group III team title at the season-ending Tournament of Champions.
Petronis birdied three out of his final five holes en route to a 1-under-par 71. He won Group III and finished seventh overall in the state.
The Mainland Regional senior seems to always be on or around the leaderboard at tournaments but had never won one in his time at Mainland.
"It really worked out nicely how my swing came around just in time for states," said Petronis, who will play at Catawba College in North Carolina next season. "I was really excited for that."
Petronis' day didn't start out quite as well as it finished.
He was ready to head to school to leave for Hopewell Valley when he realized he didn't have his clubs.
They were with his mother, Terri, in her car at her job in Upper Township.
So John borrowed his older sister's clubs.
Heather Petronis was a standout at Mainland and is a senior-to-be at Saint Leo University.
Petronis said that most of the clubs he used Monday (with the exception of a few wedges that have been changed out) were used by Heather when she shot an 80 to finish fourth in state Group III in 2009 her senior season.
But John said he doesn't plan to switch clubs with his older sister again anytime soon.
"I'll stick with mine," John said without hesitation. "I like mine better. But I know that if all else fails that I can still do pretty well with hers."
Petronis made a 20-foot putt on his final hole to shoot under par.
Mainland is ranked No. 1 in The Press Elite 11.
The Mustangs won the Carl Arena/Al Rifkin Memorial and South-Central Group III tournaments this season before taking home state Group III on Monday.
"They have really stepped up," Reardon said. "This is one of the best teams Mainland has ever had, which is saying something."
The Mustangs won state Group IV in 2007 in Whitey Haak's final season as coach by one stroke over Westfield.
Mainland won a bit more comfortably this time around, shooting a 312 to edge second-place finisher Millburn. Mainland won the overall TOC in 2002.
Reardon was an assistant coach on each of those teams.
"They rank right up there with all of them," Reardon said. "They won the Arena, which is something none of our teams have ever done and they really came through at states."
Mainland's Colin Roche finished tied for second in Group III with a 76. Jay Feldman tied for fourth with a 78.
Middle Township's David Hicks finished fourth in Group II with a 75, Vineland's Eric Dargis 10th in Group IV with a 79 and Wildwood Catholic's Blake Vogdes tied for eighth in Non-Public B with an 80.
CBA won the overall team title with a 299 and Watching Hills' Luke Graboyes the individual TOC title with a 4-under-par 68.
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