On Monday, the Oswego High School boys golf team took to the links in their first competition of the 2013 season. The nine hole Invitational, held at Drumlins East (front nine) showcases all nine teams making up the CNYCL, including last year’s sectional champs Cicero North Syracuse.
Six of the eligible twelve varsity Oswego players qualified for this opening event, withstanding three days of intense, inter-squad competition at the team’s home course, Oswego Country Club. After the dust had settled, Oswego golfers Sean Dain, Alec Kunzwiler, Brandon Tracz, Noah Lee, Josh Dumas and Sam Oleyourryk had played well enough to represent Oswego at Drumlins.
“Although the Drumlins Invitational does not count toward our overall record,” commented Coach Dan Rose, “it’s still a great way to start the year. It helps us gauge ourselves as a team- find out where we stack up against the rest of the league. Placing high in the standings can be a real confidence-booster heading into league competition.”
With some much needed overnight rain, Drumlins was soft on Monday, and ripe for scoring. The 54 player field took advantage of the prime scoring conditions, including the six players from Oswego. With a final score of 199,Oswego placed fourth in the tournament, just one stroke behind Baldwinsville’s 198 total.
Fayetteville-Manlius took home this year’s trophy with a record setting score of 191.
Oswego captain Tracz had a nice start to his senior season with a fine one-over 37 on the front side at Drumlins. Tracz, who is known for his long drives, is also a very accurate iron player (he hit 7 greens in regulation at Drumlins).
“This is Brandon’s fifth season on the team, so he is by far one of our most experienced players,” said Coach Rose about his team captain. “He’s played all the courses and the younger players need and accept his guidance. Brandon is a fine athlete, and exactly the kind of player a coach wants on his team.”
Sophomore Lee also played well on Monday, carding a 3 over par 39. His score could have been lower if not for an ill-timed four-putt. With his freshman season in the rear-view mirror, Lee is looking to make a name for himself this season.
Rounding out the scoring in this first event was Kunzwiler (40), Oleyourryk (41), Dumas (42), and Dain (42).
Oswego will now play four matches in a row (all away) to start their season. The first, on Tuesday, is against Auburn at Highland Golf Course.