The Oswego Boys’ Varsity Golf Team opened its 2014 season on Monday at Cortland Country Club, home to the Homer Trojans. The Bucs were entering the season in a new league, full of new competition and new golf courses.
Leaders: Sean Dain 34, Noah Lee 37, Alec Kunzwiler 40
Played at Cortland Country Club front nine (par 36)
Next Match(es) Wednesday – 11 a.m. and Thursday – 11:30 a.m. at home
“It’s exciting to visit new courses and face new opponents, but it is also a bit worrisome,” Coach Dan Rose said before the opening match. “Unlike other varsity sports, golf has no regulation size court or field. The measurements of a football field, tennis court, softball field are exactly the same no matter where you go, but in golf, each new course brings with it new challenges, new yardages, new hazards. If a golfer is playing a course for the first time, they are at a distinct disadvantage.”
Only 1 of Oswego’s 8 varsity golfers competing in Monday’s match had ever had a chance to play Cortland Country Club.
“The players will have to go by what they see in front of them, and they will have to rely on instinct,” said Rose. “But at least we don’t have to worry about the weather.”
It was a perfect day to play golf, and the Bucs took advantage of the sunshine and light winds, posting a team score of 193 on the par 36 front side at CCC.
“A nice way to start the season,” said Coach Rose about his team’s play. Homer shot a team score of 239.
Sean Dain’s 3-birdie one bogey nine of 34 was a little better than ‘nice.’
A junior this season, Dain was a steady contributor for the Bucs last season, establishing himself as one of the top players on the team.
Also playing well for Oswego on Monday was junior Noah Lee, whose one-over-par round of 37 could have been better if not for an unruly putter. Hitting all nine greens in regulation, Noah was unable to coax in a birdie putt in this first match. “I expect he (Noah) will have many more opportunities for birdie in the coming weeks,” said Rose with a smile.
Rounding out the scoring on Monday for the Bucs was senior captain Alec Kunzwiler (40), junior Sam Oleyourryk (41), and sophomore starter Bryce Hourigan (41).
Oswego has two more matches is week (both home) against Cortland and Phoenix.