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.