East Hampton senior Ian Lynch pulled off a feat that has never been accomplished in the history of the school’s boys golf program, according to head coach Claude Beudert.
By shooting a 76 and 75, respectively, on the par-72 Indian Island Golf Course in Riverhead during the Suffolk County boys golf tournament last Monday and Tuesday, Lynch secured a spot in the upcoming state tournament for the third consecutive year. Lynch finished fifth overall in the county and will play at Cornell University June 1-3.
Lynch also helped his team win the Division IV (Leagues VII and VIII) title. It marked the fifth year in a row that the Bonackers won the division, and Beudert said it took the sting out of a tough end to the regular season back in the fall, when East Hampton failed to defend its League VIII title, losing to Southampton.
East Hampton finished eighth overall in the county, while Smithtown East won the county title by seven strokes over Smithtown West. East Hampton did not compete as a team for the second day of the tournament, because only the top six teams advance to the second day of play.
In addition to Lynch’s fine performance, Matt Griffiths also helped the team by shooting a 79 on the first day, which was good enough to allow him to make the cut for the second day. He shot a 90 on the second day and finished 29th in the county.
Andrew Winthrop and Steven Kane each shot a 94 on the first day, while Jose Palacios shot a 95 and Regis O’Neil shot a 98.
Beudert said that Lynch’s ability to get to states for the third year in a row was an impressive accomplishment, and that Lynch will be playing on the same course that has hosted states in the last two years, which should give him an advantage. Lynch hones his game at Montauk Downs and Poxabogue, and in practice sessions with his team at the Maidstone Short Course. Beudert added that Maidstone pro Jason Jeffries gave the Bonackers a private lesson the week before the tournament, which he said helped his players.
Lynch will take his golf game to the next level next year, when he joins the golf team at Division I Colgate University.
The Mariners had their best season in program history in the fall, going undefeated to win the League VIII title, but their performance at the county tournament wasn’t as stellar, due to several absences of key players.
The Mariners brought only three players to counties—senior Scott Ricca, junior Matt Kreymborg and eighth-grader Christian Oakley. Several other players could not go because they are on the baseball team, which is in the midst of a playoff run, and other players had other commitments or injuries. Evan Scheuch had to miss the tournament because of an injury suffered during lacrosse season.
Ricca had the best showing for Southampton, shooting a 75 on the first day to make the cut. He shot an 85 on the next day, which took him out of the running to go to states—only the top nine golfers advance—but earned him All-County status for the first time in his career as he finished in the top 20 (16th overall).
Oakley shot a 79 and made the cut, but did not play on the second day because he was going on the eighth-grade class trip to Washington, D.C. Kreymborg shot an 85 and did not make the cut.
Senior Gabe Denon led the Pierson golf team at the county tournament, shooting 81 on both days to earn All-County status and finishing 20th in the county. It was the first time in program history that a Pierson golfer earned All-County status, according to head coach Sean Crowley. Denon is headed to Campbell University in North Carolina next year.
Junior Jack Bori shot an 86 and earned All-Conference honors. Pierson did not have senior Dillon Decker, the team’s top golfer along with Denon, because Decker graduated early and was not eligible to play in the spring.