Middle Township High School golfer Nicky Salfi finished in fifth place in individual scoring with 89 after a match of cards at the South Central Group I championships at Heron Glen Golf Course on Tuesday.

And the sophomore just recently started playing golf competitively.

“I am really happy,” said Salfi, 17, of Rio Grande. “I honestly didn’t expect it. But it really is cool. It is an amazing accomplishment.”

Last summer, Salfi wanted to take up golf and had one-on-one lessons from a personal trainer at The Shore Club. He had lessons when he was 7 years old, but he didn’t stick with the sport.

“I am super proud of Nicky,” Middle coach Dave Joslin said. “This is a huge accomplishment for him. He put in a lot of work to get where he is.”

Along with Salfi, P.J. Schulte shot a 92, Andrew Kapp shot a 94, and Dan Holman shot a 97 to help the Panthers finish third in team scoring with 372.

“It was tough conditions,” Joslin said. “I’m proud of the way my guys played. We have no seniors, so we are looking forward to coming out next year and placing in the top two.”

Cape May Tech finished fourth in team scoring with 373. David Wurtz shot a 89, and Chris Porto shot a 91. Zach Johnson shot a 94, and Scott Wiltshire shot a 98.

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