Following another dominating 9-0 victory, this time over Hampton Bays at The Woods at Cherry Creek Golf Links in Riverhead on October 14, the Eastport South Manor boys golf team is still undefeated, as of Monday morning, and on the verge of winning another League VII title.
ESM hosted Mattituck on Tuesday afternoon, and if the Sharks can hold off the Tuckers, it will win the league title outright. Last season ESM and Mattituck shared possession of the league title with identical 10-1-1 records.
ESM head coach Todd Skala said before last week’s match with Hampton Bays that he thinks this season’s team is one of the best the school has ever had. “Just with our individual match record, and twice now we’ve had the lowest stroke average ever for the school, it’s definitely the best team we’ve had,” he said. “We’ve got a very deep lineup. One through six; our top three guys have been playing awesome all year long and the bottom three, their averages have also been good.”
ESM has won its past eight consecutive matches by scores of 9-0, and eight of its 10 matches have been won by way of shutout.
“I think each player in the lineup has had one of the low scores at least once this season,” Skala said. “And we’ve had the same exact lineup from the beginning of the year until now. It makes putting the lineup together very easy.”
Kyle Tillinghast had the low score against Hampton Bays last week with a 39 on the front nine at The Woods. Joey Busiello followed with a 40 and Conner Mantel shot a 42. Ed Link and Tyler Simmons each shot 43s and Connor Halpin finished the day with a 46. ESM outshot Hampton Bays, 207-245, in team total.
ESM will compete in the League VII Qualifying Tournament on Monday, October 27, at Cherry Creek. Tee time is 8:30 a.m. Mattituck, Greenport/Southold, Riverhead, Hampton Bays, Shelter Island and Mercy will all compete with ESM in the tournament.
After defeating Ross, 9-0, at their host Westhampton Country Club on October 14, the Hurricanes competed in the Sebonac Invitational on Friday and finished second.
The victory over Ross, in what was the team’s regular-season finale, pushed the Hurricanes record to 4-6 in League VIII. Bobby Joyce led the team with a 40 on the back nine at Westhampton. Will Reed (41) and Kyle Attar (44) also won their matches for Westhampton Beach, which outshot Ross, 227-279.
“The final score wasn’t so close, but every match was pretty tight,” Westhampton Beach head coach Fred Musumeci said. “Bobby won by five strokes, but most of the matches we won by only two or three strokes.”
Joyce and Thatcher Cord represented the Canes in the sixth annual Sebonac Invite last week, which rounds up the top two players from all of the Southampton Town school teams in one tournament-style match. Joyce and Cord combined to shoot 7-over the par 72 course to finish second behind Southampton’s Christian Oakley and Matt Morgani. Musumeci said it was the best finish ever for the team.
Westhampton Beach has its League VIII Qualifying Tournament today, Thursday, at Rock Hill Golf and Country Club, with tee time expected to be at 11 a.m. Southampton, Pierson, East Hampton, Center Moriches and Ross are also in the tournament.