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Oct 1, 2019 11:47 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Mariners Hand Hurricanes Boys Golf Its First Home Loss Since 2013

Mariners Dan McDonnell, left, and Jack Blackmore go over things on the first hole at Westhampton Country Club on September 25. DREW BUDD
Oct 1, 2019 12:27 PM

The Southampton boys golf team did what no other team could do for the past six years — defeat Westhampton Beach on its home course of Westhampton Country Club — when the two League VIII powerhouses met on September 25.

The Mariners (6-0 League VIII) defeated the host Hurricanes (7-1 League VIII), 6-3, with a total team score of 219-226 to take the early lead in the league standings. But the two teams are expected to meet up again this week on Thursday, October 3, this time at Southampton Golf Club, at 3:30 p.m. A win by Southampton, and it will win the league title outright. If Westhampton Beach can pull off the victory, it will create yet another tie for two teams, exactly what happened last year.

“Complete team effort turned in,” Southampton head coach Tim Schreck said of his team’s victory. “Most proud of how each guy kept their rounds together as they had to deal with a difficult hole or two.”

Schreck pointed out that both Daniel Silverberg and Chris Kreymborg each had poor drives to start the match on the first hole, “but bounced right back in their own ways.” Kreymborg wound up shooting a team-low 39, four over par, followed by sophomore Jack Blackmore’s 42 and junior Jack McDonnell’s 44.

Westhampton Beach was led by senior Cole Federico’s match-low 37, but, as a team, the Hurricanes had their worst round of the season thus far with a 226. Westhampton Beach head coach Fred Musumeci said his team simply did not play well, as opposed to the day prior, when his team shot an impressive 208 at Noyac Golf Club in an 8.5-0.5 victory over Pierson.

“Don’t count us out,” he said. “When we are on, we can beat anybody. We have the talent to do so. Certainly disappointed, but there is still a great deal of golf to be played.

“Give them credit, they played well and we got beat,” Musumeci added. “But we are not done yet.”

East Hampton (4-3 League VIII) and Pierson (3-4 League VIII) continue to play around .500 golf, with victories over Center Moriches and William Floyd. East Hampton got the best of Pierson at Noyac on September 12, but the Whalers tried to turn the tables on the Bonackers this week in their match at South Fork Country Club on Wednesday. The winner of that match will most likely finish in third place for the season.

Hampton Bays

As expected, it’s been a rebuilding season for the Baymen, who lost a handful of seniors at the close of last season. Thankfully, it won’t be a winless season for the Baymen (1-6 League VII), as they picked up an 8-1 victory over Greenport/Southold on September 19 at The Woods at Cherry Creek Golf Club. Evan Kuffner shot an 8-over 43 on the front nine to lead Hampton Bays.

Sebonack Challenge Is Set

The annual Sebonack Challenge — which pits the top two varsity golf players from each of the public schools in the Town of Southampton against each other — is set to be played at the private course in Southampton on Friday, October 18, at 1 p.m. Mackenzie Kim and Cole Federico won last year’s challenge, the second year in a row that a Hurricane pair won it. Southampton, Pierson, and Hampton Bays will all send their top two pairs to try to end the Canes run this year.

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