Ea­gles’ Fox a 3-time Sec. 2 medal­ist

The Record (Troy, NY) - - SPORTS - By Stan Hudy shudy@dig­i­tal­first­media.com @StanHudy on Twit­ter

A good day of golf on Tues­day put sev­eral play­ers in po­si­tions on Thurs­day to qual­ify for the New York State Golf Tour­na­ment in June. The top nine Sec­tion II golfers made the cut at Or­chard Creek Golf Club.

Bethlehem se­nior Austin Fox be­came a three-time Sec­tion II medal­ist and state qualifier, eclips­ing the mark set by his brother, Vic­tor, with his 73-72 145 this week.

That will be my first call af­ter this prob­a­bly,” Austin Fox said. “(He) called me last night and said ‘I want you to beat me.’ It gave me con­fi­dence, I don’t know if he meant it, but I took it and gave me a lot of con­fi­dence.”

Fox shot at 2-over par 73 on Tues­day for the first spot head­ing into Thurs­day’s fi­nal day of qual­i­fy­ing and fol­lowed up with a one-over par 72.

“It wasn’t my ‘A’ game, but it

got the job done. I’m sat­is­fied with it,” Fox said.

Golfers are known to be both su­per­sti­tious and quick to change golf equip­ment. Af­ter coming up sec­ond at the Sec­tion II Class A tour­na­ment to Saratoga Springs golfer Nolan Ryan wear­ing a Bethlehem Cen­tral base­ball cap, Fox switched to his tra­di­tional bucket hat, white with a ‘B’ on the front.

“I switched it up,” Fox said. “I’ve had some good mem­o­ries in this the last cou­ple of years, so I’ll keep it go­ing I guess.”

Sec­tion II medal­ist Nolan Crow­ley fin­ished sec­ond with a 148 over two days fol­lowed by Shenen­de­howa’s Paul Goetz and Guilderland’s Ai­dan Seery with 153s. Gal­way’s Ryan Love­lass fired a two-day to­tal of 154 with Hoosick Falls golfer Ryan Bloomer shoot­ing a 155 to make the cut.

Bloomer had his work cut out for him af­ter shoot­ing a 79 on Tues­day e bounced back with a 76 to make his first NYS team.

“I def­i­nitely rested, I didn’t play any golf in-be­tween,” Ryan Bloomers said. “I think it was more part of the course.

“Tues­day when I played it was windy and to­day there wasn’t much wind at all, so it def­i­nitely helped a lot. I came in a lot more fo­cused know­ing that I had to shoot well, that helped.”

Bloomer sur­prised him­self dur­ing Thurs­day’s round.

“I hit my driver re­ally bad on Tues­day and to­day I fixed it and had more straight drives helped, I hit a lot more fair­ways,” Bloomer said.

He also stepped up his golf game at the right time.

“I didn’t play well dur­ing the sea­son this year, I played good, but I didn’t play as well,” Bloomer said. “When I got to here I was used to it a lot more and I played a lot more to get used to it.

“Mak­ing the state team wasn’t re­ally on my mind, I wasn’t think­ing about it much. I was just try­ing to make it to the sec­ond day more than any­thing, gust to give my­self a chance to make the state team.”

STAN HUDY - SHUDY@DIG­I­TAL­FIRST­MEDIA.COM

Hoosick Falls golfer Ryan Bloomer watches his tee shot from the 17th tee at Or­chard Creek Golf Club Thurs­day af­ter­noon dur­ing the Sec­tion II NYS qualifier.

STAN HUDY - SHUDY@DIG­I­TAL­FIRST­MEDIA.COM

Bethlehem Cen­tral se­nior Austin Fox watches his fair­way shot at Or­chard Creek Golf Club Thurs­day af­ter­noon dur­ing the Sec­tion II NYS qualifier.

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