Turner Foster’s illustrious six-year varsity career came to an end at the New York State Boys Golf Championship, which was held June 2-3 at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course at Cornell University.
The East Hampton senior earned All-State honors once again, finishing 14th out of 99 golfers, shooting 11 over par over the course of two days. He shot a 5-over 76 on the first day, and 6-over 77 the next day, for a two-day total of 153. Nathan Han of Section I (Westchester County) was first, posting a one-under. Par on the course was 71. The next three top finishers were at six-over par.
Foster qualified for states three times in his career as a Bonacker, but he did not play at states last year because he was competing in local qualifying for the U.S. Open, which was held at nearby Shinnecock Hills Golf Club. As a sophomore, he finished tied with four others for 36th place.
Foster admitted that he was a bit disappointed with his 14th place finish, mainly because he had gone into the tournament with the goal of winning.
“The tournament was a bit of a bummer because my game was feeling good going into it, so I expected a better finish,” he said. “I hit the shots I needed to in the second round, I just couldn’t hole the putts in the beginning of the round that I needed to post a good score.”
There will be ample opportunity for Foster to redeem himself, as he will embark on a collegiate golf career in the fall when he heads to Loyola College in Maryland. Foster is ready and excited for the experience, he said.
“Going into college, I’m super excited to have all extremely competitive players not only playing together but playing against each other for a spot to go to tournaments,” he said. “Hopefully, as a freshman, I can make most of the tournaments, and, as a team, we can make it to the NCAA tournament.”
Foster gave credit to two high school coaches who helped guide his career. Claude Beudert was the varsity coach at East Hampton in the beginning of his career, while Rich King took over the last two seasons.
“Overall, my high school golf experience was amazing,” Foster said. “Both coaches supported and helped me the whole way, and the teams I have played with since I was in seventh grade have given me great competition and were all great guys to play and practice with.”
Pierson junior Henry Brooks made history back in November when he defeated Commack’s Brad Castaldy in a one-hole playoff for the ninth and final qualifying spot to advance to states at the Section XI Championships, becoming the first Whaler to ever qualify for states. Even though he plays baseball in the spring—with that team qualifying for the state Final Four this past weekend—Brooks followed through on his commitment and became the first Pierson golfer ever, in the program’s 60-year-plus history, to compete in the state tournament. He finished 64th overall with a two-day total of 169 (83 on the first day, 86 on the second).