Teddy Trosset grew up in Cooperstown, and although he has visited the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located practically in his backyard, a few times over the years, his favorite place to be is the neighboring Leatherstocking Golf Club.
“Golf is my thing. I play golf every day,” said the 16-year-old Boston Red Sox fan. “I like baseball, but the thing I really love is golf. There isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t play, if at all possible. I’m very fortunate that the golf team plays at Leatherstocking, so I can play that beautiful course as many times as I can.”
Trosset, who will be a junior at Cooperstown High School, picked up his first win of the season on the Northeastern New York PGA Junior Tour with a sizzling 1-under-par 71 in the Gazette Newspapers in Education Junior Championship Friday at Schenectady Municipal Golf Course. It was Trosset’s fourth win overall. A field of 96 players competed for gift certificates and special raffle prizes.
Also winning divisional championships were Patrick Mattis of Delmar (76, boys’ 13-15 division), Matthew Smith (55 Stableford points for nine holes, boys’ 8-12), Carley Sawyer of Rainbow Lake (79, girls’ 16-18), Laura Rentz of East Greenbush (85, girls’ 13-15) and Nicole Criscone of Clifton Park (37 Stableford points for nine holes, girls’ 8-12). Proceeds benefitted the Gazette’s Newspapers in Education program, which promotes reading newspapers to youngsters in area schools.
Trosset credited his hot putter with his best performance of the year.
“Putting is my strength,” he said. “I spend a great deal of time practicing putting on the putting range because I really love to putt. But I also spend plenty of time on the driving range, as well.”
Trosset rolled in four birdies, including a 20-footer on the two-tiered eighth hole.
“I didn’t hit my approach shot where the pin was on the upper tier, because I didn’t want to take a chance of getting into trouble and hitting my ball over the green on that hole,” he said. “There is a lot of trouble over the green. I was conservative there, but I ended up sinking a long birdie putt anyway.”
Carter Fritch of Gansevoort was second overall in the boys’ division with a 74. Tied for third at 75 were Michael Ross of Clifton Park and Austin Fox of Delmar, who has won five of the 10 NENYPGA Junior Tour events this season to go along with one second, four thirds and a fourth.
Ross was surprised with his third-place showing, considering how he’s played all year long.
“Before today, an 80 was my best round of the year,” Ross said. “I haven’t been able to stay away from the big numbers on a couple of holes. Today, I only had four or five bogeys, and no big numbers. I birdied two holes and stayed out of trouble.”
Ross, who will be a senior at Shenendehowa, has played golf on the Shen varsity for three years.
Mattis, a 15-year-old student at Bethlehem, also posted his best round of the year in winning the boys’ 13-15 division.
“I’ve won a couple of tournaments before, but this is definitely my best tournament,” he said. “My driver is my favorite club, and I hit it really well today.”
For Sawyer, a 16-year-old who attends Saranac Lake High School, the NENYPGA Junior Tour is the place to be several times a week.
“I just love all the players here, and especially Doug [Evans, the tournament director] and Tracie [Tracie Warner, NENYPGA executive director], because they make everybody feel so comfortable,” she said. “Also, you get to meet a lot of nice players when you’re playing. It’s a lot of fun.”
It was Sawyer’s fourth win in the girls’ 16-18 age division.
“The big key for me was my driver today,” she said. “It put me in good spots for my approach shots today.”
GAZETTE NIE RESULTS
(At Schenectady Municipal)
Teddy Trosset 71, Carter Fritch 74, Michael Ross 75, Austin Fox 75, Bjorn Kroes 76, Luke McGrath 76, Thomas McPartlon 77, Alex Bond 77, Kyle Adams 78, Nathan Shawver 78, Connor Adams 78, Graem DeLong 78, Noah Bonn 80, Tyler Lyons 81, Tyler Hull 82, Connor McCarthy 83, Spencer Tibbitts 83, Colton Hart 84, Tanner Courcelle 84, Frank Parisi 84, Blair Champion 84, John DeVito 85, Taylor LeClair 86, Dennis Ziamandanis 91, Mason Munger 91, Ed Harasiemowicz 94, Timothy James 95, Henry Schneider 96, Patrick Hannan 97, Michael DiPeri 100, Bryce DiRisio 101, Thomas Sneeringer WD, Bradley Gordon WD.
Patrick Mattis 76, Donte Groppuso 78, Ryan Mahardy 78, Henry Manley 79, Paul Goetz III 79, Evan Sitts 79, Angelo Cafaro 80, Adam DeSorbo 82, Adam Markowski 82, Grayson DeMarco 83, Harry Thorp 85, Anthony Cavotta 85, Stuart Bond 86, Lars Kroes 87, Aidan Seery 88, Jason Cyr 88, Michael Westfall 88, Luke Parisi 88, Ryan Lovelass 88, Randall Osborn 89, Jerry Jennings 91, Nick Rumsey 92, Aidan Fitzgerald 92, Logan Kerr 93, Nate Kummu 95, Ben Fitzgerald 95, Ryan Gutheil 96, Matt Waterhouse 96, Brendan Joyce 98, Erin Rivera 100, Michael Duval 101, Madison Bentley 105, tom Ragone 107, Tom Omicinski 113, Tyler Bobbitt WD; Jim Rohorenaz WD.
(9 Holes Stableford)
Matthew Smith 55 points, John Russell 51, Luke Markowski 42, Ian Fitzgerald 40, Trey Smith 38, Nicholas Lyons 38, Robert King 37, Jayden Pabon 31, Dixon Boggs 30, Kellen Dean 22, Brayden Dock 19.
Carley Sawyer 79, Hannah Fitzgerald 84, Emma VanDeCar 85.
Laura Retz 85, Juliette Melita 88, Isabella Diaz 89, Aly Hutchinson 96, Fiona Fitzgerald 104, Kylie Kroes 104.
Girls’ 8-12 (9 holes, Stableford)
Nicole Criscone 37 points, Hayden Almas 27, Grace Kochan 20, Kenna Doyle 16, Mia D’Angelico 13, Megna Naidu 13, Sienna Wheeler 11, Shea Hildenbrandt 9.