For the first time since 2012, the Pierson boys golf team defeated East Hampton at the South Fork Country Club in Amagansett.
The Whalers pulled off the 6.5-2.5 win on September 23 on the back nine at South Fork. Charles Canavan, playing at the number one spot, won his match with a 42, while Ben Kushner, at the second spot, took his match with a 41. Matt Burke, playing at the fourth spot, won his match with a 43, and Tyler LaBorne, playing at the fifth spot, halved (tied) his match to give Pierson a half point.
The Whalers earned their other three points for the lower team stroke total, edging East Hampton by just one stroke, 223-224.
East Hampton’s Josue Palacios, at the third spot, won his match with a 41, and Ryan White, at the sixth spot, won his match with a 44, while Jack Bistrian shot a 51 for the half point.
Clutch play by Pierson senior Kushner was key in winning the match for the Whalers, according to head coach Sean Crowley. Kushner was down two strokes going into the final two holes for the day, but wound up winning his match by four strokes with some fine play on the 17th and 18th holes. On 17, Kushner pitched in from 95 yards for an eagle two, and then parred the final hole with a three.
There was some controversy with the final score, however, as Pierson’s Greg Baum and East Hampton’s Ryan White, playing against each other at the sixth spot, did not have the same numbers on their scorecards at the end. According to East Hampton head coach Claude Beudert, White had himself down for a 43 and Baum down for a 52, a discrepancy that would have given the win to East Hampton on team stroke total. After discussion between the coaches and players, White took a 44 and Baum took a 51. Beudert described the loss as “disappointing,” but also pointed out that several Pierson players had nice rounds on the tough course.
“I wasn’t happy with the outcome,” Beudert said. “But we learned from it. And sometimes, you learn more from a loss than you do from a win.”
For his part, Crowley said, “there was discussion and it was resolved at the end of the match.” He continued: “The players and coaches shook hands and agreed to the result. I think the Kushner eagle is what I will recall as the difference in the match.”
East Hampton and Pierson will meet again in the final match of the regular season, at Noyac Golf Club, on Tuesday, October 14.
Pierson moved to 4-1 with the win, while East Hampton dropped to 2-1. Both teams still sat behind first-place Southampton, which remained unbeaten with an 8-1 win over Center Moriches at the Rock Hill Country Club on September 23.
Southampton had a 224-258 edge in team stroke total on the par-35 front nine at Rock Hill. Christian Oakley shot a 40 to lead the team, winning his match, while Matt Morgani (47), Tom Fullam (45), Tim Kreymborg (44) and Andrew Wesnofske (48) all won their matches. Caroline Oakley shot a 49 and lost by one stroke.
ON THE SCHEDULE: Tuesday, 9/30, Center Moriches at East Hampton, Pierson at Westhampton, and Ross at Southampton; Wednesday, 10/1, East Hampton at Southampton, and Pierson at Center Moriches; Thursday, 10/2, East Hampton at Ross, and Southampton at Westhampton; Tuesday, 10/7, Southampton at East Hampton; Wednesday, 10/8, Ross at Pierson. All matches start at 3:30 p.m.