October 3, 2012
Purple Tigers champs
Claim Class A title
BALDWINSVILLE — The Cortland High golf team is the Section 3 Class A champion.
The Purple Tigers posted a team total of 438 Tuesday at Foxfire Golf Club, tying Jamesville-DeWitt, and won the tie-breaker, which was the score of each team’s sixth man, to claim the crown.
The Purple Tigers qualified two players for the sectional state qualifier in May at Seven Oaks in Hamilton, as did Homer central, which finished third among the four Class A teams at 447. East Syracuse-Minoa Blue was fourth at 466.
Chittenango won the Class B title at 434, followed by Syracuse CBA at 440, Phoenix at 485 and Tully at 492.
Drew Seyfried led Cortland with an 86 (tied for 10th overall) while Matt Condit had an 87 (tied for 12th), enabling both to advance to the sectional state qualifier. Mike Timmerman and Christian Chase both carded 88s, while Justin Sidebottom and Luke van der Veur both totaled 89, which was crucial to the championship win as J-D’s sixth man came in at 92.
Rex Ryan had an 83 and Alex Rosato an 84 for Homer as both also moved on to play in May. Anthony Saraceno and Kyle Gibbons both had 91s, Bryan Cavellier a 98 and Daphne Burda 100.
Chittenango’s Sean Murray and Drew Derrenbacher from CBA both shot 76 to share overall medalist honors.
— “Wow, what a dream season,” Cortland coach Yale Hughes said. “First we won the league, now the Sectionals. We couldn’t have asked for a better year. The balance that I’ve been bragging about all season was the deciding factor in our winning it. None of our players shot very low but none of them went too high either. Other teams had some players with much lower scores but they were too top-heavy. The other players shot in the 90s or 100s. Everyone on our team shot in the mid- to high-80s. In fact, they were all within three strokes of each other.
“This year’s scores were higher than years past due to the soggy turf and the fact that not very many of the players have ever played Foxfire. I’m so proud of the team. It would have been easy for them to just give up, but they kept grinding and it really paid off. Our lone freshman on the sectional squad, Drew, shot our best round. He doesn’t hit it too far but he is very steady. He just hits it down the middle and hits the next one up near the green. He just doesn’t get in trouble. I’m so happy that he made it to Seven Oaks. Matt, who also made it to Seven Oaks, has worked so hard on his game. He really didn’t play that well for him, but I know he’ll regroup and be ready in May.”
Hughes noted that the team’s other four players narrowly missed moving on, Timmerman and Chase by just one stroke and Sidebottom and van der veur by two strokes.
“Seeing their last varsity action were Mike and Justin,” Hughes said. “They have both been a part of our program for a long time. Justin has played on the team since he was a freshman and Mike since he moved here from New England his sophomore year. Justin has been an all-league honorable mention the last two seasons and Mike made the second team in the past two seasons. They both have been a big part of our success and will be sorely missed.”
— Ryan and Rosato were both dependable for the Trojans.
“Rex shot the fifth-best score out of the 54-player field with an 83 while Alex was right behind him with an 84 as both qualified for the spring,” Trojans coach Sean Malone said. “As a group we shot pretty well. It is always tough that it comes down to one day; if you play well you move on, if not your season is over. We finished the season second in our league with a 7-3 league record and were 10-4 overall. It was a great season and we look forward to the two guys that advanced competing in the spring.”
Homer and ES-M Blue also made up their regular-season match that was rained out Tuesday, using their scores on the front nine, and the Trojans won 225-234. Ryan led the way with a 41 while Rosato and Saraceno came in at 45, Gibbons at 46 and Cavellier at 48 to round out the scoring.
Matt Barbini had a 41 while Colin Sloan totaled 43 and Kyle reader 49 to pace the Spartans.
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