By Benito Vila
When asked what he will remember most about this year’s Pierson golf team, coach Sean Crowley offered, “They all got along well with each other from start to finish. They prepared in the off-season to play and during the season they competed in practice and in the matches.”
All that teamwork and hard work paid off, the Whalers running up a 9-4 record overall and coming in third in League VIII with a 6-4 mark. The nine wins set a new high for the golf program.
The highlight of the season for Coach Crowley was the win over Center Moriches October 8. “We went there and won against their seniors. It was the first time we knew for sure that we’d be over .500 and in the top half on the league.”
The team’s matches ended in a loss last Tuesday, Southampton outmaneuvering the Whalers on the Noyac Country Club course. The Mariner win pushed them ahead of Pierson for second place.
On the season, Dillon Decker had the Whalers’ lowest individual scoring average in matches, coming in at 44 for the nine-hole rounds. Jake Weingartner and Gabe Denon were close behind, shooting an average of 47 apiece.
Adam Heller led the team in wins with a 9-3-1 mark. Weingartner and Denon were second again with seven wins each. Harrison Bayrami recorded six wins in match play, while James Fusco and Luke Kirrane each had five.
The team finished up play at the Bridge in the annual “Pumpkin Classic”, an event started by Coach Crowley in the late 1980s that pairs Pierson golfers with friends and family members to mark the end of the season.