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Prep's Pandelena beats Central's Leavitt in playoff

MILLIS — Good friends from Atkinson Country Club Joe Leavitt from Central Catholic and Nick Pandelena from St. John's Prep waged a memorable battle yesterday at the Division 1 State Open at Glen Ellen Country Club.
Those two and Keegan Levin of St. John's of Shrewsbury all shot a 1-under par 71, forcing a playoff.
Pandelena sank a tough 8-footer for par and Levin and Leavitt missed on 4-footers to give Pandelena the crown.
"It was a great way for Nick to finish. Just great," said Prep coach Larry O'Neill. "The last 6-7 holes were just pouring rain."
Pandelena, an Atkinson resident who will golf at Boston College, became the fourth state champion from the Prep in the last 62 years.
Complete Eagle-Tribune records go back through the spring of 1989, and in that span it's believe Pandelena is the first local state champion. Leavitt, Haverhill's Bill Drohen (spring 1990, spring 1991) and Haverhill's Marc Spencer (spring 1991) lost playoffs when there was a true All-States with just one division.
On Monday, Pentucket-Georgetown's Jason Steele lost a playoff for the Division 2 state title.
St. John's of Shrewsbury won with a 302 followed by St. John's Prep with a 307. Andover, the lone local qualifier, placed eighth with a 322. Andover's four scorers were:  Ryan Burke 77, Stephan Vaz 80, Brett Krekorian 81, Tyler Stahl 84.

Glen Ellen CC, Millis (Par 72)
Team scores:  1. St. John's (Shrewsbury) 302, 2. St. John's Prep 307; 4. Billerica 310, 8. Andover 322
Individual scores: 1. Nick Pandelena (St. John's Prep/Atkinson) 71; won on first playoff hole; 2.tie Joe Leavitt (CC) and Keagan Levin (St. John's Shrews) 71; 4. Nick McLaughlin (St. John's Prep) 72
Andover scores: Ryan Burke 77, Stephan Vaz 80, Brett Krekorian 81, Tyler Stahl 84 

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