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Nov 3, 2014 2:06 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Oakley Wins Individual League Golf Title; East Hampton Is Top Team

Nov 3, 2014 2:44 PM

In the final action of the fall boys golf season, the tri-League VIII champions—East Hampton, Pierson and Southampton—had one more chance to challenge each other on the links, competing in the League VIII tournament at the Rock Hill Country Club on October 30, alongside fellow league opponents Westhampton Beach, Center Moriches and Ross.

The tournament decides which teams and players earn the right to compete in the Suffolk County tournament, which is held in the spring. The top three teams from each league earn the right to compete, as teams, in the spring tournament, while the top 20 players from each league also earn the right to compete at the county tournament as individuals.

Southampton’s Christian Oakley was the top golfer in a field of 31 at Rock Hill, shooting a 6-over par 77 (35 front nine, 36 back nine). East Hampton’s Steven Kane (79), Pierson’s Jack Brown (84), Pierson’s Matt Burke (85) and East Hampton’s Jack Bistrian and Turner Foster (88 each) rounded out the top five.

East Hampton won the tournament as a team, with a stroke total of 441 (combined scores of its top five players, each playing 18 holes), edging out Pierson (443) and Southampton (461), meaning, as expected, the tri-champs earned spots as teams at the county tournament. Westhampton Beach (470) was fourth, followed by Center Moriches (476). Ross only sent one player to the tournament.

East Hampton head coach Claude Beudert admitted it was satisfying to win the league tournament after tying for the regular season title with Pierson and Southampton, but said it didn’t “take anything away” from what those teams accomplished during the regular season.

“We were pleased with the outcome,” Beudert said. “The bottom line is that kids on our team who worked the hardest at the end of the season came through for us.”

Beudert said that the competition for the league title should be just as tough, if not tougher, next season. East Hampton loses only Josue Palacios and Bistrian to graduation, while Southampton loses only Matt Morgani, and Pierson is losing just two players as well, Charles Canavan and Ben Kushner. Westhampton Beach does not lose any seniors.

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since when does 35 on the front +36 on the back = 77?
By blbandit (21), Southampton on Nov 4, 14 8:32 PM