August 27, 2011
Homer sweeps, Cortland splits
It was a successful first outing for the Homer Central golf team and new head coach Sean Malone Friday at Cortland Country Club as the Trojans posted a pair of non-league victories.
Behind medalist Alex Rosato’s one-under par round of 35, Homer defeated East Syracuse-Minoa Blue 211-213 and ES-M Orange 211-261 to start the season at 2-0 overall.
The Cortland High golf team had mixed results in its season-opening matches against the same two teams, losing to East Syracuse-Minoa Blue 213-217 in an OHSL Freedom National contest and beating non-league opponent ES-M Orange 217-261.
ES-M Blue is 1-1 overall after the split day. ES-M Orange is 0-2 with its losses.
Homer 211, ES-M Blue 213, ES-M Orange 261: “The guys played really well,” Malone said of the opening day effort. “It was a great start to the season.”
Scott McLaughlin followed Rosato with a solid 39. Anthony Saraceno and Rex Ryan carded rounds of 45 and Kyle Gibbons shot 47 to complete the Trojans’ winning team total.
Bryan Reader had a 38 to lead ES-M Blue, while Mike Brown Miller and Brian Kiehl both totaled 41. Colin Sloan’s 49 led ES-M Orange.
Homer will open OHSL Freedom American Division league play Tuesday, visiting Tully at Vesper Hills Golf Course in a 1 p.m. start.
ES-M Blue 213, Cortland 217, ES-M Orange 261: Kody Becker led the Purple Tigers with a 39, a shot better than Matt Condit, while Brian Hughes had a 44. Mike Timmerman and Justin Sidebottom each had 47s to round out the scoring. The leaders for the two ES-M teams are listed above.
“This was a very disappointing start for us,” Cortland coach Yale Hughes said. “This was one that we should have won. Kody and Matt played well, but the rest struggled. This year’s squad is very deep and balanced, but we didn’t play that way in this one. The good thing is that it’s early and I know that we’ll rebound.
“ES-M Blue is one of the teams that I thought would contend for the league title and we should have beaten them. It will be more difficult to beat them on their home course (The Links at Erie Village) a week from Wednesday, but I know that we can.”
Hughes was also somewhat disappointed with the win against ES-M Orange, but for a different reason.
“Orange is basically the school’s junior varsity team,” he said. “I would rather have played them in a single match so my players with less match experience could have
played. I guess it is what it is. It was nice to get a win nonetheless.”
Cortland hosts league foe Chittenango Wednesday in a 10 a.m. start at Cortland CC.
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