OSWEGO, NY – On Monday the Oswego High School golf team competed in the opening event of the 2012 season, placing third in the Henninger Invitational in an event which brings together all ten teams that will be competing for a Section III golf title in 2012.
The pre-season tournament, played at Drumlins East Course in Syracuse, serves as a measuring stick for the year—a chance for teams to gauge where they stack up in the league. Based on Monday’s tournament results, It looks like Oswego will be one of the teams in the mix for a title this year in a league chalk-full of highly skilled golfers and competitive teams.
Counting the low five of six scores, Oswego’s total of 205 tied Auburn for third slot overall, just one stroke behind FM for second (and ten strokes behind winner Baldwinsville).
“This year’s team has high expectations,” said Coach Dan Rose of his 2012 Buc squad. “Third place is great, and we beat some very good teams at this tournament. But I could tell by the players’ reactions that they wanted more. They expect more here today.”
One player expecting more this season is incoming sophomore Alec Kunzwiler, whose score of 38 on the front nine at Drumlins earned him team medalist honors on this day. “Alec is young,” commented Coach Rose, “but he is definitely one of our leaders. Alec is not afraid to go low out there, and the rest of the boys know that and sort of expect it from him.” Kunzwiler could have gone even lower if not for a double bogey-bogey finish on Monday.
Also showing promise for the Bucs this season is freshman Sean Dain, who fired a solid 39 at Drumlins. A transfer this season, Dain brings a balanced game to the Bucs, a game punctuated by a silky-smooth putting stroke. He showed off his flat stick prowess on Monday, touring the treacherous East greens in only 11 strokes.
Also helping Oswego was Brandon Tracz’s score of 40. Though it was not Brandon’s best round, it was capped off with a birdie 2 on the eighth hole, a long, uphill par three. Oswego looks to rely heavily on Tracz’s game and experience as they get deeper into the season.
Rounding out the scoring for the Bucs on Monday were seniors Luke Boshart (43) and Collin Daino (45). With their first match on the horizon, the team is remaining cautiously optimistic about 2012.
“We have great potential this season,” said Coach Rose about his team. “Unfortunately, that’s pretty much all we have at this point . . . potential. Now we need to start proving to everyone just how good we can be.”