Whalers Golf: Best performance in 26 years, says coach.
By Gavin Menu
Sean Crowley has been coaching at Pierson High School for 26 years and has seen his share of impressive athletic achievements. But last week at the Noyac Golf Club he witnesses an especially remarkable performance as his team posted a score of 208 in a 9-0 victory over Westhampton Beach.
“It’s the best I can remember in 26 years,” Crowley said of the performance, which featured three scores of 41 from his top three players – seniors Dillon Decker and Gabe Denon and sophomore Ben Kushner. “I am really pleased how much preseason preparation we put in, which will provide important depth throughout the line up.”
Junior Jack Bori shot a 43 against Westhampton, while seniors Brad Reiner and Jake Bennett shot 42 and 45, respectively. Two days later at Rock Hill Country Club in Manorville, Pierson dominated once again in an 8-1 win over Center Moriches. Decker shot a 45 in the top spot, but posted the team’s lone loss of the day, while Bori shot a 4-under 39 to lead the Whalers.
Denon shot a 41 and Kusher, who played junior varsity as a freshman last year, shot a second straight 41 against Center Moriches to impress his coach. Rounding out the Whalers golf roster are Aidan Kirrane, Liam Doyle and Zack Zimmerman.
The win over Center Moriches moved Pierson to 2-0 and set up a huge rivalry week that included a match last night against the Ross School, along with upcoming meetings against Southampton today, September 20 at 4 p.m., and East Hampton this Tuesday, September 25 at 3:30 p.m. Both matches will be held at Noyac.
“The first half of the season we need to win or hold at home, then go on the road in the last week to both Southampton and East Hampton,” Crowley said when asked about the season in general and the hunt for a League VIII crown. “That’s when our senior leadership, depth and maturity will be needed to succeed.”