June 30, 2011
Marathon threesome head up North Division all-stars on links
Six local golfers – three from Marathon, two from Groton and one from Dryden – earned Interscholastic Athletic Conference North Division first-team all-star status for the efforts during the 2011 season.
Cameron Turner, Tyler Nelson and Zack Brandstadt each earned first-team status for the Olympians in the IAC North Small School Division.
Mike Greiger and Brett Conger carried the Indians banner and the local five were joined by division MVP Tim Morabito and Austin Thomas from Union Springs and Southern Cayuga’s Adam Orasi.
Marathon’s Austin Fox and the Groton duo of Kyle Shaw and Chris Graham were North Small School second-team all-star honorees. The trio was joined by Justin Walter and Ryan Killian from Southern Cayuga, plus Colby Bancroft of Moravia.
IAC North Large Schoolfirst-team selections included Dryden High’s Ryan Whitaker.
The Purple Lion was joined by division MVP Conor Stanhope and his Lansing teammates Ethan Kutler and Zach Meyers, the Trumansburg duo of Danny Lapp and T.J. Eighmey, plus Mitchell Edson from Whitney Point.
Of the four North Large School second team picks, three were Purple Lions. Mike Hattery, Jon Becker and Greg Nostrand were those selections. Whitney Point’s Daniel Taylor was the other second-team honoree.
Marathon coach Chip Stewart, Groton’s Marty Conner and Dryden’s Bryan Ford commented on their first team all-stars —
Stewart on Turner: “A junior, Cam started out the season well. He had some inconsistencies, a lot of that was some poor decisions around the greens. He was still one of the most improved players on the team. Cameron was our team’s co-MVP and posted a 13-6-1 record in matches this season.”
Stewart on Nelson: “Tyler is a junior and was our other team MVP this season. He was our best ball striker and he posted a solid 18-3-1 record. Tyler was really one of our more consistent golfers. His highs and lows were not that far apart. He had a few poor putting days, but overall, was solid.”
Stewart on Brandstadt: “For being a freshman, Zack really played well to first eight to 10 matches, His match record was 13-8-1, but he struggled the second part of the season because of the wet conditions. Zack was not a long hitter and that made those longer courses a bit hard for him, but I still see nothing but improvement from him. He’ll get the added distance as he gets older, stronger and gains more experience.”
Conner on Greiger: “Mike really came on in the second half of the season. He shot well during the season, but weather really really played a factor in his early season slow start. Mike was usually our low scorer, though Chris Graham won the Small School medalist honors at the league championships, and he really helped us win the team crown at Soaring Eagles. Mike’s strength was his consistency off the tee. He wasn’t long, but he was straight and that kept him in play every hole. He also had a good short game.”
Conner on Conger: “Like Mike, he wasn’t real long but Brett really has a good short game. That is his strength. He got off to a better start, but lost some focus along the way as the season progressed. Brett, Nike, Chris and Kyle Shaw were really quite close in scoring all year long. Brett did pass the first round of the State Qualifier, but struggled the second day at Cornell.”
Ford on Whitaker: “Ryan, a sophomore and second-year varsity player, showed tremendous growth this year, dropping his match stroke play average from 9.9 to 4.7 this season. He qualified for Sectionals and was our team MVP. One of the biggest things he improved was the ability to deal with setbacks on the course. Every shot is not going to be a PGA-tour quality one, and I think it took Ryan a year to learn that. Now, if he makes a mistake, he doesn’t react the same way he used to and is more easily able to move forward with a clearer head. This is huge in high school golf as a bad shot can quickly spiral a round out of control if mental focus is lost. Ryan also is a kid who plays a ton on his own. He’s the golf equivalent of a “gym rat” for basketball. He also is a student of the game, understanding more of the mechanics behind a swing than I do as his coach.”
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