August 27, 2013
OHSL golf: Purple Tigers win debut, Trojans nipped by Fulton
The Cortland High golf team used a balanced lineup to open its season on the right foot Monday, beating OHSL Freedom American rival Jamesville-DeWitt 217-225 at Walden Oaks Country Club.
Homer Central, meanwhile, dropped a close 224-227 match to visiting Fulton on the Cortland Country Club layout in another Freedom American contest.
The two local rivals will face each other on Wednesday, that Homer visit to CHS teeing off at 11 a.m. at Walden Oaks.
Cortland 217, Jamesville-DeWitt 225: Four of the Purple Tigers’ scores that counted were within one stroke of each other as Luke van der Veur led the way at 42 and three players — Christian Chase, Drew Seyfried and Jake Woods — all came in at 43. Samantha Bernardo’s 46 rounded out the winners’ scoring.
Abel Ratanaphan took overall medalist honors with a 41 for the Red Rams, while Gus Weinstein totaled 42 and Ben Katarsky 45.
“This was a pretty good start for us,” CHS coach Yale Hughes said. “Starting a new year at a new home golf course against a historically good team, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Even though some of our players struggled a little, I’m happy with the result. Balance is what wins matches and that certainly is what we have.
“Playing at Walden Oaks will be a big advantage to us all year. We are used to the slickness of the greens and the other teams that come in will have a tough time adjusting. J-D is a good team that had a tough time with the greens. It will be difficult to beat them at their home course.”
The two teams meet again on Sept.11 at Drumlins West in Syracuse.
Hughes also cited freshman Adam Passalugo, who in his first varsity match fired a 46 in exhibition play. He added that “We will have to play better on Wednesday when Homer visits. They are very good this year.”
Fulton 224, Homer 227: Rex Ryan’s 43 was the top score for the Trojans while Anthony Saraceno and Brent McNeil carded 45s, Bryan Cavellier a 46 and Brody Urban a 48. Connor Gross was the day’s top golfer with a 40 for the Red Raiders, complemented by Cam Clark at 44 and Matt Kitts ‘ 45.
“The guys played okay,” Trojans coach Sean Malone said. “We will get better. It was Brody and Brent’s first competitive match. We have Cortland Wednesday and are looking to rebound.”
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