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Sep 11, 2017 4:03 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Golf Season Preview: Mariners Will Look Different; Canes, Bonackers Returning Solid Squads

Jack Healey is a key returning player for Southampton this season. DREW BUDD
Sep 13, 2017 2:50 PM

As boys golf head coach Tim Schreck put it, there is a new era of golf beginning this school year at Southampton.

The school is set to unveil its first ever girls golf team this spring, and with that, the boys team has lost some of its most talented returning golfers from a year ago for this fall. Along with those losses, Christian Oakley graduated and is attending the University of Notre Dame, giving the Mariners a completely different look this season.

East Hampton and Westhampton Beach, the top two teams from League VII last year—the latter of which won the league title—are both returning most of their golfers from last season. Pierson and Hampton Bays each have new head coaches, with Clint Shulman replacing the now retired Sean Crowley and John Foster coming in for Rich Gostic, respectively.

Southampton

Before it was decided that Southampton would have a girls team this year, Schreck expected to have three talented girls on his team this season, including starters Caroline Oakley and Kaitlyn Brown. But now that those girls cannot play with the boys, and coupled with the fact that four boys, including the irreplaceable Christian Oakley, graduated, the Mariners are sure to take on a new look this fall.

Seniors Jack Healey and Andrew Mossolino are the only two returning golfers from last year’s team, leaving the starting lineup wide open. A bit of a saving grace, Schreck said, was that last year’s JV team had a strong season. Junior Cole Yastrzemski and sophomore Daniel Silverberg appear to have a leg up on cracking the starting lineup in the early going.

Southampton started the season at Westhampton Beach on Wednesday and is expected to host Pierson on Thursday, September 14, at 4 p.m. at Southampton Golf Club.

East Hampton

The Bonackers wound up finishing tied for third place with Southampton last season, losing four of those matches by a total of 15 shots. But they have their top four golfers returning, including the Suffolk County Champion in Turner Foster, who is now a junior and in his fifth year on varsity. Sophomore Jackson Murphy was a solid addition to the team last year and is returning along with seniors Nathan Wright and Hunter Medler. Other returning players include freshman Charlie Goldsmith, senior Michael Walsh and junior Zach Barzilay. Newcomers include junior Ryan Bahel, who was the number one player on JV last season, and seventh-grader J.P. Amaden.

Prior to last season, East Hampton won the league title in both 2015 and 2016, sharing it with Westhampton Beach in 2015, before winning it outright the next season. Head Coach Claude Beudert is hoping the team regains its top form.

“[We are] looking to bounce back this year,” he said.

The Bonackers played Ross in their season opener on Tuesday and are expected to host William Floyd this Monday, September 18, at South Fork Country Club at 4 p.m.

Westhampton Beach

The Hurricanes had one of their best seasons in recent memory last year, finishing with an 11-1 record and the League VII title. They then finished fifth in Suffolk County in the team tournament following the regular season.

Although the team will miss its seniors from a year ago, namely starter Jake Viera, Westhampton Beach has most of its team intact from last fall. That includes senior Thatcher Cord, entering his sixth year on varsity. Seniors Jack Tiska and Noah Sparrow are also returning, along with sophomores Mackenzie Kim and Cole Federico.

The back of the lineup, head coach Fred Musumeci said, is still up in the air, but it should be filled out by senior Jack Ciolino, junior Richard Tiska and sophomore Cody Sumwalt.

The Canes got off to a great start with a 9-0 victory over Center Moriches at Rock Hill Country Club in Manorville on Friday. They finished with a team total score of 188, a new school record, according to Musumeci, eclipsing the previous best of 196. It’s also the best team score of any school to have played at Rock Hill. Cord and Kim each shot 1-over par 36 on the front nine, while Jack Tiska and Federico each shot 38s. Sumwalt, in his first varsity match, shot a 40.

“Conditions were good,” Musumeci said. “Everything was pretty soft, that helps. They played really well.”

After hosting Southampton on Tuesday, Westhampton Beach was scheduled to play Pierson at Noyac Golf Club on Tuesday, September 19, at 4 p.m.

Hampton Bays

The Baymen return the majority of their lineup, having lost just one golfer to graduation. Mackenzie Tyler, now a senior, is in her sixth year on varsity, having been on the team since seventh grade, and she'll continue to lead the team in the number one spot. Sean Noonan, a junior, will be the team's number two golfer, followed by Jordan Hanes, Joe Sapio and Gavin Grismer, all returning juniors. Senior Dan Krivickas, sophomore Tristan Halsey and freshman David Catena will fill out the rest of the lineup, respectively.

First-year head coach John Foster graduated from Hampton Bays in 2002 and was a varsity golfer for five years. He has high hopes for this season, and if the Baymen's first two matches are any indication, they could have a breakout year. They defeated Shelter Island, 6.5-2.5, at The Woods at Cherry Creek Golf Links in Riverhead on Thursday, September 7, led by Tyler's 38, which was two over par on the front nine. Hampton Bays then defeated Eastport South Manor in a tiebreaker, 5-4.5, at Pine Hills Country Club in Manorville on Tuesday. Noonan shot 6-over 43 on the front nine.

Hampton Bays is set to play Mattituck at North Fork Country Club on Thursday, September 14, at 4 p.m. Foster said that will be a good barometer for his team to see if it can vie for a League VII title; Mattituck and ESM have won, or shared, the title the past few years.

Foster, who has been a caddie at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club the past 20 years, said he enjoys his players' love for the game—the team's top six players caddie at Shinnecock, National and Sebonac.

Information on the Pierson golf team was not provided.

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