High scores the norm for Section II boys’ golf tournament

Brayden Dock of Glens Falls makes his par putt in the 11th hole at Fairways of Halfmoon Golf Course during the Section II Class B, C-D tournament Tuesday. He was the overall medalist with a 3-over-par 74.
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Brayden Dock of Glens Falls makes his par putt in the 11th hole at Fairways of Halfmoon Golf Course during the Section II Class B, C-D tournament Tuesday. He was the overall medalist with a 3-over-par 74.

MECHANICVILLE — Challenging conditions led to extremely high scores during the Section II Boys’ Class B, C-D Tournament Tuesday at Fairways of Halfmoon Golf Course.

Only three players in the combined Class B, C-D field broke 80 as firm and quick greens tested everyone’s short game. Frustrating the competitors’ patience just as much were the very wet fairways and lush, juicy rough.

When the field finally limped into the clubhouse, Brayden Dock of Glens Falls earned overall medalist honors with a workmanlike 3-over-par 74, while Trey Smith of Greenville led the Spartans to the Class C-D team title with a 79. The only other sub-80 score was registered by Adam DeGregory of Class B team champion Schuylerville.

Twenty-five percent of the field advanced to the Section II State Qualifier Saturday and Sunday back at Fairways of Halfmoon. Eight players made the cut at 90 or better for the Class C-D field, while 11 players shot 91 or better to advance from Class B.

Dock is no stranger to pressure tournaments. He’s been to the National Drive, Chip and Putt Championship at Augusta National Golf Club twice and has been the Northeastern New York PGA Junior Tour Player of the Year several times in his age division.

“It definitely helps to be part of a junior league or some type of junior program to play throughout the summer,” Dock said. “Compared to the kids who come from other sports, we have quite an advantage when the fall school golf season starts, because we’ve been playing competitive golf all summer.”

None of Dock’s Glens Falls High School teammates qualified for sectionals, so he was competing only as an individual player Tuesday.

“My expectations were that I just wanted to go out and post a tournament score that I was happy and content with,” he said. “If I won, I won. For the most part, I was content. I was hanging around even-par or 1-under-par most of the day, but that double bogey on the 17th hole was very frustrating.”

Dock was 1-under-par on the front nine with a pair of birdies and was playing solidly on the back until a bogey on the par-5 15th hole and that double bogey on the par-3 17th, when his tee shot landed in the water.

“I’ve been working on my swing a little bit, and I’ve been coming over the top, but my irons were good today. It was a pretty positive day, and hopefully I’ll do well [in the state qualifier],” he said.

Although he didn’t record a birdie, DeGregory kept his mistakes at a minimum and led the Black Horses to their second title of the season. They won the Foothills Council title with a 12-1 record.

“My low score of the year was either a 36 or a 37,” he said. “Today, I had a double bogey on the 15th hole, but other than that, I just had a few other bogeys.”

Smith was 1-under-par on the front, but started the back nine with a couple of bogeys. His round changed for the worse on the 12th hole.

“We couldn’t find my tee ball,” Smith explained. “We knew it was on the right side in the rough, and we all were virtually certain it was plugged. So after our maker called into the tournament committee, I was allowed to take a free drop. I finished the hole and got a par. But the next group called me back and said they found my ball. It was embedded in the rough. So I ran back to play the shot again.

At the end of the day, I was allowed to use the drop and take my par, but it definitely affected me the rest of the day, because I didn’t know what score I was really going to get.”

Smith suffered a quadruple bogey on the par-4 14th hole but then hung tough the rest of the way to break 80.

“The conditions were tough, and it played really long. I had a few very tough holes, but it was good to come in with that score,” Smith said. “It could have been lower, but we everyone can always say that.”

Only two teams in Class C-D and six in Class B were eligible for team awards as only schools with at least three players with minimum qualifying scores could contend. La Salle had enough players until its top player, Luke Finlan, had to pull out halfway through the tournament because of an injury.

Other Class B qualifiers into this weekend’s state qualifying event were Colin Kowalski of Fonda-Fultonville (84), Ben Swartz of Hudson Falls (84), Cooper LaBarge of Cobleskill-Richmondville (85), Tanner LaTorre of Ichabod Crane (85), David Mooradian of Averill Park (88), Jacob Goldman of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (90), Derek Goebel of Broadalbin-Perth (90), Noah Tyler of Hudson Falls (90) and Jack Harshbarger of Schuylerville (91).
Rounding out the qualifiers from Class C-D were Luke Morganstein of Schoharie (82), Aiden Fleming of Hoosick Falls (84), John Purificato of Catholic Central (85), Markham Daly of Maple Hill (87), Miles Smith of Hoosick Falls (88), Charlie Greiner of Saratoga Catholic (88) and Ryan Arp of Greenville (90).

RESULTS
(Par 71)
CLASS B
Team scores — Schuylerville 356, Hudson Falls 367, Averill Park 375, Ichabod Crane 382, Broadalbin-Perth 393, South Glens Falls 397, La Salle WD.
Qualifiers — Brayden Dock (Glens Falls) 74, Adam DeGregory (Schuylerville) 78, Colin Kowalski (Fonda-Fultonville) 84, Ben Swartz (Hudson Falls( 84, Cooper LaBarge (Cobleskill-Richmondville) 85, Tanner LaTorre (Ichabod Crane) 85, David Mooradian (Averill Park) 88, Jacob Goldman (BH-BL) 90, Derek Goebel (Broadalbin-Perth) 90, Noah Tyler (Hudson Falls) 90, Jack Harshbarger (Schuylerville) 91.
Other scores — Josh Durocher {Averill Park) 92, Kadin Converse (Schuylerville) 92, Lorenzo Tombasco (Broadalbin-Perth) 92, Matthew Kirk (South Glens Falls) 92, Alex Yash (Averill Park) 93, Topher Pelesz (Ichabod Crane) 94, Will Gerlatch (Johnstown) 94, Aidan Bell (La Salle) 94, Noah Moran (Fonda-Fultonville) 94, Peyton Smith (Hudson Falls) 94, Connor Brown (Johnstown) 95, Mark Earley (Schuylerville) 95, Kevin Fritz (La Salle) 95, Matt Stoliker (Schalmont) 96, Jack Martin (Scotia-Glenville) 96, Brandon Stimpson (South Glens Falls) 96, Dom Doyle (Hudson Falls) 99, Liam Mullins (Ichabod Crane) 100, Nathan Stay (Averill Park) 102, Dave Tatro (BH-BL) 102, Colin Cotter (Broadalbin-Perth) 102, Connor Rogers (Hudson Falls) 103, Bradley Holzhauer (Ichabod Crane) 103, Gannon Logue (Hudson City) 104, Jack Mullins (Ichabod Crane) 105, Derek Cormie (South Glens Falls) 106, Tyler Carruthers (South Glens Falls) 108, Ashtyn DiCaprio (BH-BL) 109, Luke Tambasco (Broadalbin-Perth) 109, Jack Nimons (La Salle) 114, Dan Zito (Hudson City) WD, Luke Finlan (La Salle) WD.

CLASS C-D
Team scores — Greenville 268, Saratoga Catholic 281.
Qualifiers — Trey Smith (Greenville) 79, Luke Morgenstein (Schoharie) 82, Aiden Fleming (Hoosick Falls) 84, John Purificato (Catholic Central) 85, Markham Daly (Maple Hill) 87, Miles Smith (Hoosick Falls) 88, Charlie Greiner (Saratoga Catholic) 88, Ryan Arp (Greenville) 90.
Other scores — Shane Wetherington (Duanesburg) 93, Tyler Maples Northville/Mayfield) 93, Will Emery (Saratoga Catholic) 94, John Bruno (Middleburgh) 95, Josh Lovelass (Galway) 96, Zach Bruno (Lake George) 96, Andrew Rathbun (Granville) 99, Donovan Gallagher (Greenville) 99, Robbie Bolen (Saratoga Catholic) 106, Eric Zelezniak (Galway) 99, John Polley (Schoharie) 99, Carter Wilchens (Stillwater) 99, Tyler Plummer (Hadley-Luzerne) 103, Patrick McFee (Greenwich) 104, Brady Carrow ({Voorheesville) 105, Tyler Drexel (Duanesburg) 110, Mason Forbes (Fort Ann/Hartford) 110, Jack Montanye (Canajoharie) 111, Bradley Brophy (Greenwich) 114, Josh Reinhart (Middleburgh) 114, James Toleman (Cambridge/Salem) 116, George Abdella (Northville/Mayfield) 118.

Reach Bob Weiner at [email protected].

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