October 18, 2006
Still a Threat for League Title
East Hampton Golf Team Is 8-1
The East Hampton boys' golf team continued to close in on winning at least a share of the Suffolk League VIII championship with a 9-0 home triumph over Ross at the South Fork Golf Club in Amagansett on October 10.
Eighth grader Zach Grossman and Tyler Yusco each fired the Bonackers low scores on the day with respective 43s while John McGuirk and Cameron Yusco each shot 44.
Eric Hook and John Louey, East Hampton's #5 and #6 golfers, also played impressively as both won their matches to help ensure the clean sweep victory.
"Ross has improved quite a bit and I think that it was a good test for us going in," said East Hampton coach Claude Beudert. "Fortunately we were playing them at our place."
On Thursday, the Bonackers suffered their first loss of the 2006 season as Southampton defeated East Hampton 9-0 at Southampton Golf Club. "We played decently [at Southampton], but any number that I would have thrown out there that day [for our guys to put up], Southampton would have still beat us," Beudert said. "Southampton just shot lights out. In 19 years, I can't remember any team putting up three scores in the 30s in one match."
Those scores were provided by the Mariners top three golfers: Christian Greco, John Ludlow and Jimmy Barylski. Greco shot a 4-over par 38 while Ludlow and Barylski followed close behind with 39s.
Grossman shot 41 for the Bonackers, suffering only the second loss in his career. John Nolan shot four strokes below his season average by scoring a 42 and Garner Minetree and McGuirk each shot solid rounds of 44, making what Southampton did on Thursday even more unbelievable.
"Five of the matches were decided by three shots or less," said Beudert. "It was very close . . . we pressed them, they just played very well. It was a good experience for our players. Now we have to rebound against Westhampton."
East Hampton was to play at Westhampton yesterday and a win would give the Bonackers at the very least, share of the League VIII title. A Southampton loss to Pierson on Tuesday would also give East Hampton the title.
"We have traditionally played well [at Westhampton], but you have to throw that out because we have such a young team," Beudert remarked. "Hopefully the kids will play well. I'm just so proud of how they have all played this season. They're an incredibly young team and for them to be in contention for the league championship with one match remaining really shows how hard they have worked this season and how much they have put into this."