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Oct 3, 2017 4:49 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Undefeated Pierson Has Early Lead In League VIII Golf Standings; Baymen Edged By Shelter Island

Turner Foster, Nate Wright and Jackson Murphy continued to played well for East Hampton last week. KYRIL BROMLEY
Oct 3, 2017 5:14 PM

The Pierson/Bridgehampton golf team has taken the early lead in the standings after its 6-3 victory over host East Hampton at South Fork Country Club on September 28.

The Whalers won by two strokes, 207-209, to improve to 4-0 and take hold of first place in the tight League VIII standings.

Turner Foster (37), Nate Wright (match-low 35) and Jackson Murphy (37) won the first three matches for East Hampton (2-2 League VIII), but the back end of Pierson’s lineup, starting with Greg Baum’s 41, is what made the difference. Tyler LaBorne (47) and Tucker Schiavoni (53) each won their matches for Pierson.

East Hampton head coach Claude Beudert said he thought his team shot very well. In comparison to last year’s match, Beudert noted, his team was 12 shots better this season—but Pierson was 23 shots better.

“It’s high school golf at its finest, and not in a bad way,” Beudert said. “For years, we won these types of close matches, but Pierson has really improved.

“There are three or four very good teams in our league. It seems it has carried over from last year, when the four teams finished top 10 in the county,” he added.

After defeating Westhampton Beach at South Fork on September 25, East Hampton had to travel to Westhampton Country Club the very next day to take on the Hurricanes at their home club. The Canes (3-2 League VIII) won, 6.5-2.5.

Foster and Thatcher Cord tied their match when each shot a 36. Mackenzie Kim defeated Wright, 41-45, but Murphy beat Jack Tiska, 38-46, and Hunter Medler edged Cole Federico, 44-45, to give East Hampton a slight lead. Coady Sumwalt and Noah Sparrow won the final two matches with a 43 and 45, respectively, to clinch the match for the Canes, 212-216.

Southampton (2-2 League VIII) got itself in the win column last week with an 8-1 victory at its home club on September 26 and a 9-0 victory over William Floyd the day prior at Rock Hill Golf and Country Club in Manorville. Daniel Silverberg shot a 7-over-par 41 on the front nine at Southampton Golf Club in the win over Center Moriches.

League VII

Hampton Bays shut out Southold/Greenport, 9-0, at The Woods at Cherry Creek Golf Club on September 27, but then suffered a tight 5-4 loss to Shelter Island at Gardiners Bay Country Club the very next day.

The Baymen (4-2), who had defeated Shelter Island earlier this season, actually beat the Indians in individual matches, 4-2, but team stroke total counts for three points toward the final score, and the Indians outshot the Baymen, 222-227.

Mackenzie Tyler birdied her final hole of the day to beat Shelter Island’s Nick Young by a stroke, 39-40. Sean Noonan shot a 42.

“It’s a victory I thought we could have had,” Hampton Bays head coach John Foster said. “We were playing at Gardiners Bay. It’s a pretty tough course.”

Tyler shot a 3-over-par 40 on the front nine at The Woods to lead the Baymen in their win over Southold. Noonan shot 5 over par.

Hampton Bays has four matches this week, concluding with a big match against first-place Mattituck at Cherry Creek on Thursday, October 5, at 4 p.m. The matches should determine who finishes behind Mattituck in the standings.

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