For the first time since 2008, the Southampton boys golf team has claimed the League VIII championship.
The Mariners wrapped up the title by extending their record to 9-0 with wins over Pierson, Westhampton Beach and Center Moriches last week. As of Tuesday morning, only one more opponent stood between Southampton and an undefeated season—defending champion East Hampton. And while the Bonackers are having what might be considered a down year by their standards, they are always tough to beat on their home course, South Fork Golf Club, in Amagansett. The teams were set to square off in the final match of the regular season in Amangansett this past Tuesday, October 16. Results will be in next week’s edition.
The Mariners have been the team to beat all season because of their consistency from top to bottom—they’ve shot under 200 as a team on three occasions, including a school-record breaking performance on their home course, Southampton Golf Club, two weeks ago. They started last week with a 5.5-3.5 win over second-place Pierson (8-2) at Southampton in what was a very close match. The teams shot an identical 216 on the day, meaning they split the three points that go to the team with the lowest team stroke total. The Mariners came out on top because they won four of the six head-to-head matchups, although it wasn’t easy. Scott Ricca beat Pierson’s Gabe Denon by one stroke, shooting a 39 to Denon’s 40. Evan Scheuch shot a 41 to beat Jack Bori, and Christian Oakley shot a 42 to win his match by 10 strokes. Eddie McLaughlin won for Southampton, beating Charles Canavan by just one stroke (45-46).
The next day, Southampton had a better showing in a 8.5-0.5 win over Westhampton Beach (5-5) at home. The Mariners shot 194, the second time on the season they shot under 200 as a team at Southampton. They beat the Hurricanes easily by 46 strokes. Ricca led Southampton with a one-over par 35 on the front nine, while McLaughlin (39) and Matt Kreymborg (37) won their matches. Oakley halved (tied) his match with a 41, and both Evan Scheuch and Sean McLaren won by shooting 42.
In their third straight home match in as many days, the Mariners dusted Center Moriches (2-8), 9-0, marking the third time on the season they shot under 200 (195). Three players shot under 40, with Ricca carding a 35, McLaren shooting 36 and Kreymborg shooting 37.
Pierson Breaks Bonac Streak At Home
While the Whalers will have to settle for second place in League VIII this year, they did pull off something last week that hasn’t happened in almost 10 years. The Whalers shot 224 as a team and beat East Hampton (242) at South Fork, 8.5-0.5, on Thursday. The Bonackers (4-4) had not lost at South Fork since October 15, 2003.
Denon halved his match with Bonac ace Ian Lynch, with both players shooting a 3-over par 39 on the front nine, while Dillon Decker won by 10 strokes (40-50) over Andrew Winthrop at the number two spot. Jack Bori (48) won his match against Andrew Griffiths (51), Jake Bennett (51) beat Steven Kane by one stroke, and Ben Kushner shot 46 to beat Josue Polacios by four strokes. Charles Canavan also beat Andrew Davis by five strokes.
Before the loss to Pierson, East Hampton lost a close match against Westhampton (5-5) at the Westhampton Country Club, 7-2. The Hurricanes had a 243-247 edge in team stroke total, despite missing three starters on the day.
“They’ve gotten better,” East Hampton head coach Claude Beudert said of Westhampton Beach. “I had a feeling going over there that we might have some difficulties. We’re really pleased that we could stay in the hunt for the league title until the last week of the season, but we just didn’t have the golfers this year to pull it off.”
Lynch led his team with a 3-over par 38 on the front nine and beat his opponent by 11 strokes. Polancios shot 54 and won his match by a stroke. Garrett Brown led Westhampton Beach, winning his match by 14 strokes, while Thomas Peyton, Darby Naughton and Thatcher Cord also won their matches.
Pierson Claims Sebonack Challenge
Gabe Denon and Dillon Decker paired up to win the third annual Sebonack Invitational at the Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton in very windy conditions on Friday. The Pierson players had their names etched into the plaque in the yearly battle of the Southampton Town high school golf teams. Players from Southampton, Hampton Bays, Pierson and Westhampton Beach squared off for top honors in the two-man, best ball-format tournament. Pierson shot a 38 on the front nine and 42 on the back nine, beating out Southampton’s Scott Ricca and Evan Scheuch, who shot 40 on the front and 42 on the back. Hampton Bays finished third and Westhampton Beach was fourth.