The Oswego High School golf team knew wins would be tough to come by in the early part of the 2013 season. Starting with five away matches in eight days, the team was literally thrown into league competition, on courses with which they were unfamiliar. Though they played well, Oswego lost its first two matches by a combined 15 shots.
“It might be easy for the boys to start to lose confidence,” Coach Dan Rose said. “But we have to remember that we are playing really good teams on their home courses. After an hour long bus ride and a couple of putts, we are expected to go out and beat talented teams on their home turf. It ‘s tough to get a road win in any sport, but the task is especially difficult in golf. We just have to keep playing smart golf, and try not to worry so much about what the other team is doing.”
With totals of 195 and 205 in their first two matches, Oswego has performed well this season, though they had not seen the results add up in the win column.
That all changed on Thursday at Liverpool.
After two straight losses to open the 2013 season, the Bucs finally broke through, with a solid 194-228 win over the home squad on Thursday.
Playing the par 36 front side at Liverpool, Oswego managed three scores under 40, one of them a stellar even par 36 from sophomore starter Sean Dain.
“Sean had a great summer, playing in junior golf events around central New York. It’s obvious that his consistent play in June and July has carried over into the high school season. He works so hard on his game, day in and day out, it’s great to see that all his practice is paying off,” Rose said.
With nine hole rounds of 40, 36, and 34, Dain is the early stroke average leader for the Bucs in 2013. Not far behind is senior captain Brandon Tracz, whose 39 was tied for second low on Thursday.
Also in the mix on Thursday was senior starter Josh Dumas, who hit seven greens in regulation en route to his score of 39.
Also scoring against Liverpool was the ever-reliable Alec Kunzwiler (40) and newcomer Eric Demidowicz (40), a transfer from Millbrooke who has shown promise in the early stages of the season.
“I like where the team is at right now,” Rose said. “If we can steal a few more road matches and take care of business at home, we should be all right.”
The team has another chance to “steal” a match on Friday when they travel to Woodcrest to take on Fayetteville-Manlius. Oswego is 0-7 at Woodcrest against FM since Coach Rose has taken the helm. The team is now 1-2 on the year.