The score has been evened.
The East Hampton boys golf team exacted the revenge it was looking for against rival Southampton last week, beating the first-place Mariners, 6.5-2.5, at the South Fork Country Club in Amagansett on October 9.
The win put the Bonackers back in contention for the League VIII regular season title, which the Mariners won last year. If East Hampton (8-1) managed to beat Westhampton (2-7) in Westhampton on October 15, it would do no worse than winning a share of the league title. To hold on to a share of the title with East Hampton, Southampton (7-1) would need wins in its final two regular season matches—at Pierson (6-3), scheduled for October 15, and home against Ross (0-8), scheduled for October 17.
Results from those matches will be in next week’s edition.
East Hampton shut out Ross, 9-0, at South Fork on October 8 as a tune-up before beating Southampton the next day. At the number one spot, Bonacker Matt Griffiths beat Southampton’s Matt Kreymborg, shooting a 44 to Kreymborg’s 51 on the par-36 front nine. East Hampton seventh-grader Turner Foster and Southampton’s Christian Oakley halved their match at the second spot, each shooting a 43. At the third spot, East Hampton’s Steven Kane reversed his loss to Eddie McLaughlin from earlier in the year at the Southampton Golf Club, shooting a 43 to McLaughlin’s 57. East Hampton lost at four and five, with Josue Palacios (52) falling to Matt Morgani (49) and Regis O’Neil (52) losing to Tom Fullam (51). But East Hampton head coach Claude Beudert said he was happy to see both Palacios and O’Neil keep the scores close in the losses.
At the sixth spot, Bonac seventh-grader Nathan Wright (50) beat Cole Farnam (56).
East Hampton had the edge, 232-241, in team stroke total.
Beudert said on Monday that no matter the outcomes of the final matches, he’s happy with what his young team has accomplished.
“We’re really proud of what we’ve done this year,” he said. “We’re playing pretty well.”
He also mentioned that he was grateful for the support of the Maidstone Club, where East Hampton sometimes practices, and said that Frank, the greenskeeper at South Fork, has been particularly supportive, keeping the pins in the same location for both the Ross and Southampton matches last week.
The Pierson boys golf team had an excellent week, winning two league matches to improve to 6-3 before taking the top honors at the Southampton Town Challenge at Sebonack. At that tournament, which pitted the high school teams from Southampton Town against each other on the famed private course, Whalers Jack Brown, Ben Kushner, Jack Bori and Charles Canavan combined for a 73, beating Southampton (78), Hampton Bays (83) and Westhampton Beach (96).
Before that tournament, Pierson beat Center Moriches, 7.5-1.5, on October 8, and breezed past Ross, 9-0, on October 10. Both matches were at Pierson’s home course, the Noyack Golf Club.
Against Center Moriches, Bori won his match with a 35; Kushner lost by two strokes, 46-44; Canavan halved his match with a 47; Brown won by one stroke with a 45; Matt Burke won with a 46, and Addison Cook won with a 48. Pierson had a 219-232 edge in team stroke total. Against Ross, Bori (42), Kushner (43), Canavan (46), Brown (48), Burke (43), and Pat Rice (50) all won their matches, and Pierson had a 222-277 lead in team stroke total.