On the heels of a co-league title and a 9-1 record, the Mariners headed into the two-day Suffolk County Tournament with a great deal of optimism.
Quickly, however, those good feelings disappeared.
Tuesday’s windy conditions at Rock Hill Country Club in Manorville played a big factor, as neither the team nor its two individual golfers were invited back for play on Thursday. Senior Matt Kreymborg shot a 90, and freshman Christian Oakley netted an 88, both of which missed the cut of 83.
Coach Tim Schreck said Oakley was battling an illness, and Kreymborg simply had an off day.
Six Southampton golfers in total competed on Tuesday, and, like Kreymborg, the team had a bad day. The other competitors were Eddie McLaughlin, Matt Morgani, Tim Kreymborg and Tom Fullam. Shreck cited the fact that a few of the players were coming off baseball season and weren’t in golf shape as one of the reasons for the team’s off day.
“We were all disappointed in the tournament results,” the coach said. “At the very least, I thought Matt and Christian would go through. Despite the disappointment in the tournament, I was still happy with the performance in the season.”
Comfortable on their usual course at Indian Island, the Bonackers golf team struggled with their first tournament outing at Rock Hill.
“It was a little bit more challenging for our kids, because they weren’t used to the new course,” said Coach Claude Beudert.
East Hampton finished third in the tournament after tying Southampton for the league title in the fall. The Bonackers were led by senior Matt Griffith, who shot an 86, and seventh-grader Turner Foster, who carded an 89.
“All in all, it was a good experience, especially for the guys who were new to the county tournament,” said Beudert. “If they play through the summer, whether it be caddying or playing up at Montauk, then we should be pretty competitive.”
Rounding out the scores for East Hampton were Stephen Kane with a 91, Josue Palacios with a 93, and Jack Bistrian with a 101. One of the regulars, Regis O’Neill, was unable to play due to an injury suffered in the lacrosse season. Sophomore Ryan White stepped in and shot a 104 in his absence.
Like their counterparts from Southampton, Pierson also had a tough day on the course.
Battling that same wind, none of the team’s six competitors made the cut in the county tournament. Junior Ben Kushner and senior Jack Bori came the closest, shooting 85 and 86, respectively, for Pierson, which went 6-4 in the fall, finishing third in League VIII.
Following up the two players who broke 90 was freshman Matt Burke, who netted a 90. The other three golfers were freshman Jack Brown, senior Garrett Potter and senior Pat Rice, who shot 101, 95 and 107, respectively.