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Oct 7, 2019 5:02 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Westhampton Beach Has Slight Edge This Time Over Southampton In Key Boys Golf Match

Pierson's Tucker Schiavoni puts himself on the green. KYRIL BROMLEY
Oct 8, 2019 9:25 AM

The Southampton and Westhampton Beach boys golf teams have, at least in recent memory, played some very tightly contested matches that usually decide the League VIII regular-season champion.

In 2015, both teams tied in total team score with the Hurricanes winning on criteria. That same rare occurrence happened again last season, but that time Southampton won on criteria. And in 2017, Westhampton Beach won by a single stroke on its home course at Westhampton Country Club.

On Thursday, October 3, the two teams met at Southampton Golf Club and once again played a tightly contested match. The Canes defeated the Mariners, 5-4, and by only one single stroke at 214-215. With an 8-1 victory over East Hampton at South Fork Country Club on Friday, the Canes (9-1 League VIII) assured themselves of at least a share of the league title after Southampton (8-1 League VIII) handed Westhampton Beach its first home loss in six years with a 6-3 victory at Westhampton Country Club on September 25.

Playing in windy and rainy conditions, senior Cole Federico shot a team-low 38 to lead the Canes, who were also aided by eighth-grader Bennett Parli’s 42 in the sixth spot of the lineup to pick up a big victory.

“I’m definitely proud of the way we responded with two tough wins,” Westhampton Beach head coach Fred Musumeci said. “It was tough conditions in both matches, with the wind and rain, and it was chilly at Southampton. And then it was windy out in East Hampton, too, so it made it difficult.”

Southampton head coach Tim Schreck called the loss to Westhampton Beach a “heart-breaker” but liked the way his golfers played overall. The Mariners won four of the six head-to-head matches and Jack Blackmore shot a match-low 37. Chris Kreymborg also played well with a 41.

Southampton still has to finish its suspended match with Pierson from a few weeks ago. The two teams met on Tuesday to finish the rain-shortened match that Pierson had the lead in. The Mariners need the victory if they want to share the league title with the Canes.

Pierson has been picking up steam of late. Not only did they have a lead over Southampton in their suspended match, but the Whalers (5-4 Legaue VIII) picked up a 5.5-2.5 victory over East Hampton at South Fork on October 2 to ensure themselves a third-place finish in league play. Even though the Bonackers (4-5 League VIII) shot a season-best 211, Pierson shot an impressive 205, 21 strokes better than when it had lost to East Hampton, 6-3, at Noyac Golf Club on September 12. Henry Brooks led the way for Pierson with a 36 while Reed Kelsey shot a season-low 37 in the fifth spot of the lineup.

Aiden Cooper led East Hampton in the loss to Pierson with a 39, while James Bradley and Trevor Stachecki each shot 41s. East Hampton head coach Rich King said he wasn’t upset with the loss.

“All of our kids played well,” he said. “I tell my guys all the time, worry about you. You can’t stop your opponent, just play the best you can play and hope for the best in terms of the results.”

Even though the league season is wrapping up, there is still a lot of golf to be played. The annual Sebonack Challenge is set to be played at the private course in Southampton on Friday, October 18, at 1 p.m. There is also, for the first time ever, a Suffolk County Dual Meet Championship to be played along with the conference and county individual tournaments to be played later on in the season.

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