JOHNSTOWN – Sometimes, it’s not all about wins and losses.
Sometimes, it’s more about just getting a chance to play the game.
The Amsterdam boys’ golf team made the most of its Foothills Council opener Monday afternoon at Fox Run Golf Club, defeating Johnstown 174-202 in the first competition for both high schools since March.
“It’s a good feeling, especially getting back into the swing of competition and stuff,” Amsterdam senior C.J. Durinick, Monday’s medalist, said. “I played in a couple tournaments over the summer, prepared myself for the year.”
Durinick carded a 39 for the low score on the afternoon in Amsterdam’s first competitive scholastic event played since the coronavirus pandemic shut down all high school sports in New York for six months.
“The greens were playing very fast, very hard,” he said. “Hole three kind of got me; I played club to the middle of the green and it went right off the back. You’ve got to learn through your round where you’ve got to play, and I took advantage of that toward the end of the round.”
Sir Bills junior Will Gerlach fired a 44 at Fox Run.
“It wasn’t a very good day, but I made the best of it,” he said. “I can’t complain. We’re the only sport in our school district to play right now. I’m just thrilled to be out here.”
Both teams included new faces on their rosters, including Tommy Ziskin who expected to spend his fall quarterbacking the Amsterdam football team that is now scheduled to compete next March because of restrictions related to the pandemic. He took up golf over the summer, and fired a 53 in his first varsity match.
“This gives the other kids that did play other sports . . . a chance to be successful in this and compete,” Rams coach Tim Jones said. “They’ve been shut down since March. We’ve had a phenomenal day. Weather-wise it turned out great, and just gave them the ability to put the athlete back into their make-up.”
Johnstown’s roster expanded with football and field hockey players joining the team.
“We’ve only had a week. Thrown a lot of rules at everybody,” Sir Bills coach Jay Holland said. “They’ve adjusted really well, taking it slow, and it’s been a great experience for them.”
Holland hopes that golf can take the lead in Section II and help other sports this school year.
“Getting out here, we’re setting a precedent for the rest of the sports coming back into the Foothills and the section,” he said. “If we do it successfully and we do it safely, we’re going to be adding more sports in the winter and the spring.”
AMSTERDAM 174, JOHNSTOWN 202
A — Durinick 39, A. Welch 43, R. Welch 45, Healy 47, Riley 47, Ziskin 53, Quatrini 57, Rodriquez 58. J — Gerlach 44, Greene 48, Frasier 55, Cheney 55, Armino 55, DeMarco 63.