Early in the last week of August, Baldwinsville’s boys golf team found itself at Drumlins Country Club, setting off on its 2013 campaign – and by week’s end, it was already on top of the CNY Countiese League standings.
The Bees joined nine other local sides to take part in last Monday season-opening Henninger Invitational, and led by Christian Nizamis and Matt Monaco, earned a third-place finish.
B’ville had a team score of 198, edging out Auburn (199) and Oswego (200) and just behind West Genesee (196) for the runner-up spot as Fayetteville-Manlius, with 191, took the team title.
Nizamis covered nine holes in 37 shots, one more than Monaco’s 38. James Pelcher finished with a 40, with Paul Pitcher managing a 41, Sean Barron getting a 42 and Griffin Bruce posting a 43.
However, B’ville did see the tournament mark of 34 set by one of its former players, Billy Ward, broken as Cicero-North Syracuse’s Joe Petrin tore around Drumlins in a 32, winning individual honors.
The Bees, who will play home matches at Timber Banks Golf Course this fall, had its home opener one day after the Henninger Invitational, and routed the Central Square Red Hawks 193-236.
Nizamis went for a 35, one under par, just ahead of Monaco’s impressive total of 37. Pelcher and Pitcher each finished with 39 as Barron contributed a 43, while Justin Powless led Central Square’s effort with a 38.
In a much closer match on Wednesday afternoon at Timber Banks, B’ville slipped past Oswego 200-205, this despite Alec Kunzwiler shooting a 34 for the Buccaneers to lead all individuals.
Monaco shot his second consecutive 37, with Barron improving to a 40 and matching Nizamis on that number. That, plus a 41 from Pelcher and a 42 from Pitcher, helped the Bees overcome the efforts of Kunzwiler and Noah Lee, who posted a 38 for Oswego.