Of the area’s quartet of high school girls golf teams, it was East Syracuse Minoa that first had a head-to-head match, and it was the Spartans getting the first victory, too, defeating the Cazenovia Lakers by a score of 231-242.
The Spartans’ superior depth made the difference as, among individuals, Audrey Rivers, with a 52, beat out Cazenovia’s Maleigha Ellithorpe (53) for the individual prize, while Kaleigh Rivers finished with a 58.
Then it was Jamesville-DeWitt getting its turn on Tuesday, hosting Chittenango at Butternut Creek and delivering a 161-183 victory over the Bears.
Lena Jones set the pace for the Red Rams by shooting a 36. Two of her teammates, Zoe Pippens and Alex Catanzarite, shot matching totals of 40 as Chittenango’s low rounds came from Megan Pierce (44) and Rachel Cleary (45).
Going to Cazenovia a day later, J-D made it two wins in as many matches, handling the Lakers 193-232. On the longer Cazenovia Country Club layout, Jones still shot a strong 39, while Catanzarite got a 50. Ellithorpe again led Cazenovia, posting a 46.
Then J-D made it 3-0 on Friday by conquering Auburn 212-250 on Friday afternoon, Jones again led the way, her 49 beating out Catanzarite’s 50, and each of them of the Maroons’ top individual, Marki Flurschutz, who had a 55. Pippens contributed a 56 and Lizzie Redmore finished with a 57.
In boys golf, Manlius-Pebble Hill got its season underway when it took on Marcellus last Monday afternoon, with the Trojans falling 199-218 to the Mustangs.
MPH’s Johnny Gruninger shot the low individual round of 36 at Marcellus Golf Club, one ahead of Marcellus’ Jay Colella. Nathan Lesch added a 38 for the Trojans, but the Mustangs had three other golfers shoot 41 or lower ahead of Grant Lewis, who posted a 42. George Bruno contributed a 44.