By Nick Curcuru
---- — Gloucester’s Curtis Quinn went out amongst the best of the best.
The Fishermen senior captain played his last round of high school golf Monday at the Division 2 State Championship Meet at Blackstone National Golf Course in Sutton, Ma. Low scores were tough to come by at Blackstone on Monday as golfers needed to navigate a difficult course, and cold weather as early morning frost delayed the event nearly 90 minutes. Quinn finished the round shooting an 88 which left him in the middle of the field.
“He got off to a great start but he couldn’t quite get the speed of the greens down,” Gloucester head coach Brian Goulart said. “But to finish his Fishermen career competing at the highest level in the state finals is a great accomplishment. I feel very fortunate to be able to have some of Curtis’ talent and character on my team. I learned a lot coaching him and know it will help me in the future coaching this program.”
Quinn’s career at Gloucester was nothing short of stellar. The lefty has been a mainstay in the team’s starting lineup since his freshman year and was Gloucester’s No. 1 golfer for the last three seasons.
In 2012 as a junior, Quinn took his game to the next level turning in Northeaster Conference Small MVP honors, and he took his game to another level as a senior this fall.
The Fishermen may have been just 5-9 on the season, but Quinn was almost a mainstay in the win column finishing unbeaten at Gloucester’s home course, Bass Rocks Golf Club, and he was the only player in the Northeastern Conference to beat NEC MVP Shamus Desmond.
As a member at Bass Rocks, Quinn learned every nook and cranny of his home course giving him a true home course advantage, an advantage that no opponent could overcome. The Fishermen senior credits his work in the offseason for stepping his game up and not dropping a match at Bass Rocks.
“I play there just about every day in the offseason,” Quinn said before his round in the state finals on Monday. “It’s not that long but there are a lot of tricky holes where you have to know the course. I thought my iron play got a lot better this season too, along with my play around the greens and in the bunkers, which are two of my strong suits.”
The highlight of Quinn’s season was his qualifying round at the Division 2 North State Meet last week at Hillview Country Club in North Reading. The Fishermen senior captain’s round of 75 was good enough to place him in the top 12 individually and earned him a spot in Monday’s Division 2 State Finals.
Last week at Hillview, Quinn was powered by a strong finish with a birdie on each of the final two holes. Quinn stuck his shot off the tee onto the green on his second-to-last hole, a 180 yard downhill par 3, and sunk his putt for a birdie. He followed that up with a great lob wedge shot over a tree on his last hole, one-putting for another birdie.
“I hit a little rough patch around the 14th hole,” Quinn said. “But the last two holes, I hit a couple of nice shots to save the round.”