The Fayetteville-Manlius boys golf team with the Section III Class AA championship banner after edging Baldwinsville by two shots for team honors last Wednesday at the Links at Sunset Ridge. From left: Andrew Massa, Kyle Gilroy, coach Mike DeBlois, Mike Lee, Sean Brown, Dan Thomas, Jimmy Barns, Nick Santaro, Nick Perry, Ryan Keller, Colin Sommers.
Marcellus Having split two matches in the regular season, and having topped their respective CNY Counties League divisions, it only figured that Fayetteville-Manlius and Baldwinsville would end up right next to each other last Wednesday with the Section III Class AA boys golf championship on the line.
But by having five golfers break 80 amid tough conditions at the Links at Sunset Ridge, the Hornets did just enough to edge the Bees and earn the sectional crown, just as Christian Brothers Academy was reclaiming fall season small-school honors from Chittenango, who won that same title a year ago.
F-M finished with a total of 389, just ahead of B'ville's total of 391. Only West Genesee, with a third-place score of 395, got close to the Hornets and Bees for team honors.
As they teed off Wednesday morning at Sunset Ridge, the field of more than 120 sectional golfers was greeted by the same warm weather that had marked the latter stages of the regular season.
Only this time, it included a wind gusting past 20 miles per hour, and that fact, combined with the speed of the greens, assured that no one was going to go low on this day.
Still, four players managed to shoot 75 to share individual honors. They included F-M's Dan Thomas, who matched the totals posted by B'ville teammates Christian Nizamis and James Pelcher, plus West Genesee's Stuart Winn. All of them finished one shot better than Winn's Wildcat teamamte, Sean Stanistreet.
As for the team contest, the Hornets used its consistency across the board to finish on top. Mike Lee and Nick Santoro both finished with rounds of 78, while Ryan Keller and Kyle Gilroy had matching totals of 79. B'ville had Matt Monaco shoot 78 and Paul Pitcher post a 79, but the 84 by Griffin Bruce meant that the Bees would finish two shots behind.