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Sep 4, 2018 10:15 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Trio Of Returners To Lead Westhampton Beach Boys Golf

Cole Federico DREW BUDD
Sep 4, 2018 10:30 AM

Over the last five years at the helm of the Westhampton Beach boys golf team, head coach Fred Musumeci has had a stable of strong players who have lifted the Hurricanes to some outstanding accolades—league championships, conference championships and top five finishes in Suffolk County among them. With the graduation of three seniors, however, he will need some unproven commodities to raise their games to reach similar heights this fall.

“The strength of our team has always been our depth,” Musumeci said. “We’re strong up front, and I’m hoping some younger kids are going to step up on the back end. I couldn’t tell you who it’s going to be yet, but in golf, it comes down to who puts the best scores in.”

Westhampton Beach’s top three is set, with a trio of juniors setting the pace. Mackenzie Kim comes off a sophomore campaign in which he made it to the second day of the Suffolk County tournament and came up one shot short of making the state team. While Kim’s game is well-rounded, Musumeci said it’s his iron play that distinguishes his game.

Cole Federico and Coady Sumwalt both made the second day as well and form a strong one-two punch behind him. This offseason, Federico has added length off the tee to go with an excellent short game, while Sumwalt’s steady game helped him notch a 9-1 record at the No. 6 spot a year ago.

The Hurricanes don’t have a wealth of varsity experience beyond their top three, but Musumeci is thrilled with the nucleus he has atop his lineup.

“Those three are as competitive as can be,” he said. “I’d put them up against any other three in our conference.”

In recent weeks, senior Richard Tiska, who mainly occupied the seventh spot for the Hurricanes a year ago, has made a strong bid to be the regular in the No. 4 hole. After that, Musumeci said that the rest is “subject to change.” Four players are vying for the final two spots in the lineup, and who gets the nod may change week to week.

“The back end of my lineup is young,” he said. “They’re nervous right now, and I’m trying to get them to relax and play within themselves. We’ll see how it shakes out.”

Last fall, Westhampton Beach finished 8-2 in League VIII, one back of champion Pierson, who should pose fierce competition again along with East Hampton. The Hurricanes will begin play on Thursday, September 6, when they face William Floyd at Westhampton Country Club.

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