Whaler varsity golf is “riding the wave” of success, according to coach Sean Crowley. The team goes into this week’s matches with a 2-1 mark, meeting Ross today on the Noyac Country Club course and Southampton Tuesday on the Southampton Country Club course.
The Pierson team started its season with a 9-0 loss to East Hampton last Wednesday in Noyac. Freshmen Dillon Decker and Gabe Denon brought in the team’s low scores, shooting 45 and 46 respectively.
The one-sided outcome did little to dissuade the Whalers who have since come back to take matches from Westhampton and Center Moriches. In the Westhampton match last Thursday, Jake Weingartner and Harrison Bayrami each shot 44 on the front nine at Westhampton Beach Country Club to lead the team to a 7.5-1.5 win.
In Monday’s match with Center Moriches at Noyac, Decker posted a 42 on the front nine to lead the team. The schools split the six matches, three wins a side, but Pierson finished its collective rounds with a total of 238 strokes to Center Moriches’ 245 to earn the three point for the 6-3 win.
Coach Crowley is using the freshmen duo of Decker and Denon in the top two spots, with junior Weingartner and sophomore Bayrami playing three and four and another freshman, Adam Heller, holding five. There is more depth to the team, seniors Luke Kirrane and James Fusco and freshman Jake Bennett “getting better day by day.”
That improvement has been key to Coach Crowley, who sees all his players working on both their individual game as well as the team game. “They’re taking care of getting better personally and encouraging teammates and celebrating their successes.”