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High school golfers play through August heat

F-M, second in Syracuse Invitational, beats B'ville

With fall, and cooler temperatures, still far away, all of the area’s high school boys golf teams were quite busy plunging into their respective regular-season slates.

Fayetteville-Manlius gained second place among 10 Class AA entries at last Monday’s Syracuse Invitational with a team score of 204 at Drumlins East, only behind Baldwinsville, who won with 195.

Individually, Nick Santaro led a balanced Hornets effort with a 38, two over par, for nine holes. Just behind him, Mike Lee had a 39 and Dan Thomas had a 40, with Chris Ford (43), Ryan Keller (44) and Sam Alderman (47) rounding out the field. West Genesee’s John Clare won the individual title with a two-under-par 34.

As a follow-up, F-M beat Baldwinsville head-to-head, 187-205, on Wednesday at the Hornets’ home course of Woodcrest, also topping Liverpool, who had a team score of 208.

Matching par, Thomas led all individuals with a 35, as Santaro and Alderman, with matching rounds of 37, equaled B’ville’s top player, Paul Pitcher. Leed contributed a 38 and Andrew Massa put together a 40.

Meanwhile, Jamesville-DeWitt opened with a 203-297 rout of Mexico, also held at Drumlins. Joe Shapiro, shooting a 38, topped teammate Jeff Edwards by a single shot, with Edward Han shooting 40. William Darcy posted a 42, while Mike Engstrom and Max Evans had matching totals of 44.

The Red Rams then edged Fulton 224-228 on Wednesday at Battle Island, where Engstrom snagged low individual honors with a 41, one shot better than Darcy. Edwards had a 46, with Joe Shapiro (47) and Ben Katsarsky (48) close behind.

To start its season, CBA won a three-way match with ESM Orange, 230-260, with LaFayette (257) in between them. Jack Bellardini, with a 41, and Andrew Derrenbacker, with a 42, led the Brothers along as Alex Regan (47) and Eric Sognefest (48) had the Spartans’ top performances.

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