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Oct 9, 2018 10:06 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Hurricanes Have Slight Advantage In League VIII Standings; Date Set For Ninth Annual Sebonack Challenge

Westhampton Beach junior Mackenzie Kim tees off at the first hole at Westhampton Country Club in a match back on September 26. DREW BUDD
Oct 12, 2018 1:08 PM

The Westhampton Beach boys golf team has a one-game advantage over East Hampton in the League VIII standings even though it lost a tight 6-3 match at the Bonackers’ home course, South Fork Golf Club, on Thursday, October 4. East Hampton won the match by five strokes, 206-211.

The Hurricanes (7-1) have Southampton (5-2) to thank for their slight edge in the standings. The Mariners handed the Bonackers (7-2) their second loss of the season on October 2 on their home course at Southampton Golf Club in a 7-2 victory. Mariner Steve Kraszweski shot a 37, three over par, on the front nine while Nate Wright (33) and Turner Foster (37) each played well for East Hampton.

Westhampton Beach played at Southampton on Tuesday afternoon, and a victory there should guarantee at least a share of the league title for the Hurricanes, who last accomplished the feat in 2016. Westhampton Beach head coach Fred Musumeci said Richard Tiska, Matthew Meyer and Justin Shiu have solidified the back end of the lineup, and to go along with what Musumeci likes to call his “big three” in Mackenzie Kim, Cole Federico and Coady Sumwalt, the team is starting to come together nicely. Federico, in particular, has been playing really well of late. He shot a 33 in the loss to East Hampton at South Fork. Kim shot a 36 at Westhampton Country Club in a win over William Floyd on October 3.

In Southampton's 7-2 victory over Center Moriches on September 27, Jack Browne led the team by shooting a 39, five over par.

Pierson

The defending league champion Whalers (2-3 League VIII) have only played five matches so far this season, which is at least two matches less than their East End opponents. It’s due to weather postponements, but once the Whalers are able to make up a few matches, head coach Clint Schulman thinks his team will get back into the mix. Pierson’s three losses have come to Westhampton Beach and East Hampton, the top two teams in the league.

In last week’s victory over William Floyd at Noyac Golf Club, Henry Brooks shot a 37 and Cooper Schiavoni shot a 40. On September 28 at Rock Hill Golf and Country Club in Manorville, again against Floyd, Brooks shot a 37 and Schiavoni shot a 42.

Pierson played at East Hampton on Tuesday and will play at Southampton this Thursday, October 11. Schulman said those two matches will most likely determine how the season turns out for his team.

“They’re working and getting a little better each time. We do need to play better overall. Henry has been playing really well and Cooper is also playing well,” he said.

Hampton Bays

An 8-1 victory over Greenport/Southold and a 6-3 victory over Eastport South Manor, both at home at The Woods at Cherry Creek Golf Club on October 3 and 4, improved Hampton Bays’ record to 4-3 but the Baymen are still looking up at both undefeated Mattituck (7-0) and Riverhead (6-1) in the League VII standings. Sean Noonan and Gavin Grismer both shot a 5-over 40 on the front nine at The Woods in the win over ESM. Noonan and Joe Sapio had a 4-over 39 in the win over Greenport.

Sebonack Challenge Is Set

The ninth annual Sebonack Challenge is finally set after postponements early in the season pushed back setting a date. The best-ball format tournament between Southampton Town’s four high school varsity golf teams—Hampton Bays, Pierson/Bridgehampton, Southampton and Westhampton Beach—will be Friday, October 19, at the private Southampton golf course. Mackenzie Kim and Thatcher Cord were the first pair from Westhampton Beach to ever win the challenge last season. Cord has since graduated but Kim is expected to return this season along with Cole Federico, according to Musumeci.

The teams take their top two golfers based on their averages from throughout the season, and since the event is happening right after the regular season concludes, the teams won’t have a hard time figuring that out. As of last week, along with Kim and Federico, Baymen Sean Noonan and Gavin Grismer and Pierson’s Henry Brooks and either Cooper or Tucker Schiavoni will be the likely pairings for those teams. Southampton’s pairing was unknown as of Tuesday.

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