St. Mary’s Christian Emmerich: A champion on the golf course & in the classroom

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Written by: Ms. Stacy Drector

    Christian Emmerich, a senior and captain of the two-time state championship golf team at St. Mary’s High School under the leadership of Coach Jay Fiste, has been named Boston Herald All Scholastic for the third straight year.  His love of golf, which he refers to as the “hardest sport,” started six years ago.   When asked why golf, he replied that  “you can play every day.”    According to Christian, the team is successful due to it being “organized with everyone doing what needs to be done to win.” When he started freshman year, there were a lot of hockey players on the team because “a slap shot is similar to a golf swing, and they were less likely to get injured.”

      His younger brother, Aidan, a freshman, is currently a teammate.  “It’s fun playing with and against my brother because we don’t like to lose and we bring out the best in each other.”  Aidan has been playing on the school’s team since sixth grade and is also a Boston Herald All Scholastic.  The brothers are very close and Aidan believes that their “bond helps them play well together.  We are also close to our coaches because we play practice rounds against them to learn the course.”

     “Christian and Aidan had a phenomenal year for us. They both averaged close to par for the year.  During the post season events they shifted into an even higher gear,” said Coach Jay Fiste, “Once we got to the State Tournament, our tournament team included juniors Luke Sargent and Owen Maguire and sophomores Luke Smith and Peter Pagliuca who stepped it up, winning the North Sectional by a shot over our nemesis Weston.  Christian and Aidan finished the tournament as individual champion and runner-up respectively.”  The team is strong, but the “greatly improved play of Luke Sargent, Owen and Peter was a huge reason for our success.”  Coach Fiste and Assistant Coach John Boland had “several achievable goals to accomplish, including in order:  winning the CCL Championship (check-three years in a row), going undefeated in the CCL (check – 13-0), winning the CCL Individual (check – Christian was champion and Luke Smith came in third), winning the North Section (check), winning the State Individual Championship (check – Christian won back to back), and ultimately repeating as State Champion (check – back to back).  All of our 2018 goal boxes have been checked.”  Coach Fiste is looking at next year.  Christian is graduating in May, but there will be “five of our State Champions returning.  We have a strong program with a great feeder system. We expect to be very competitive for the coming years.”

     In addition to being named a Herald All Scholastic, Christian was named the Boston Globe Player of the Year in 2017 and will likely be named it again this year.  His accomplishments include: winning the 2018 Bay State Cup Invitational at the Fall River Country Club, coming in third at the AJGA (American Jr. Golf Association) Preview at Worthington Manor in Maryland, ranking number twenty at the amateur Francis Ouimet Tournament in July where he competed against teenagers and adults, being ranked number two in Massachusetts for the 2019 class and next summer he will play in the 2019 Jr. PGA Tour in Hartford, Connecticut.

     Christian is also an outstanding student who is a member of the National Honor Society, regularly making honor roll and the Principal’s List.  He has not decided which college he will attend, but it will “be in state with a golf team.”  As you can see, Christian Emmerich is a leader and champion not only on the golf course, but in the classroom as well.