STREAKS ON TO STATES

Saratoga Springs’ Crow­ley, Brax­ton make Sec­tion II state golf team

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

ALTAMONT, N.Y. » A good day of golf on Tues­day put sev­eral play­ers in po­si­tion 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.

When the score­cards were tal­lied, Saratoga County can travel to the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course on the Cor­nell Univer­sity cam­pus in June with a four­some as Saratoga’s Nolan Crow­ley, Will Brax­ton, Shenen­de­howa’s Paul Goetz and Gal­way’s Ryan Love­lass all made the state qual­i­fy­ing cut.

Crow­ley, the Sec­tion II Class A medal­ist was con­sis­tent, shoot­ing three-over par 74 on both days of qual­i­fy­ing for a 148, sec­ond to three-time state qual­i­fy­ing medal­ist Austin Fox’s win­ning score of 145.

“I started out with a dou­ble (bo­gey) on the sec­ond (hole) and noth­ing was re­ally get­ting go­ing on the front nine and I had my high­est nine-hole score of the year with a 40,” Crow­ley said. “On the back nine I just ba­si­cally just fo­cused shot by shot and tried to shoot the best score I pos­si­bly could.”

His ex­pe­ri­ence last year at Or­chard Creek paid off.

“I kept it in my mind that last year in my first round I shot 44 and then a 37,” Crow­ley said. “I just kept that in my mind; I just knew the front nine isn’t a nine for me and the back nine is here.”

He will be joined by Blue Streak team­mate Brax­ton who bat­tled Or­chard Creek over the two days,

shoot­ing a 77-81 158 for the fi­nal state team po­si­tion and his first year on var­sity.

“It started this sum­mer where I al­most didn’t make the team,” Brax­ton said. “I shot a 44 my first day of try­outs and Coach (Mike Hall) could have cut me for the same day he made me.

“I had a re­ally good sea­son, had a good day at sec­tion­als, a good first day and a good day to­day.”

Brax­ton knew the sur­round­ing scores and needed a birdie on 18 to an­tic­i­pate any chance of mak­ing the cut.

“I played in a AJGA golf tour­na­ment where there are col­lege coaches and it was re­ally high pres­sure and I was kind of used to get­ting that pres­sure,” Brax­ton said. “That’s what I love about golf is get­ting th­ese sce­nar­ios where I have to make birdie on the last (hole). I didn’t hit a great shot in the last, but I ended up get­ting through.”

Gal­way’s Ryan Love­lass knew how to close out a state qual­i­fier, hit­ting an ea­gle-3 on the 493-yard par five as his fair­way shot hit the green, bounced once and then rolled di­rectly into the cup.

“I’ve never had a hole­out of that dis­tance,” Ryan Love­lass said. “I’ve chipped in and stuff be­fore, but to have that, es­pe­cially at this time be­cause I knew I was kind of go­ing to be on the line that kind of made it sig­nif­i­cant and that it was go­ing to be good.”

He shot a 78 on Tues­day and had a plan for Thurs­day’s round.

“I felt if I shot the same num­ber or lower as long as I shot a 78 or be­low I knew I was go­ing to have a good chance. That’s a good way to make sure that you’re in to shoot a cou­ple un­der what you shot the first day.”

Beth­le­hem se­nior Austin Fox be­came a Sec­tion II three-time 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 two-over par 73 on Tues­day for the first spot head­ing into Thurs­day’s fi­nal day of qual­i­fy­ing and an­swered 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.

Guilderland’s Ai­dan Seery shot a 153 Hoosick Falls golfer Ryan Bloomer shoot­ing a 155 to make the cut. Green­wich’s Reed Bo­duch fired a 80-76 156.

SEC­TION II STATE QUAL­I­FIERS

Austin Fox (BETH) 73-72 145 Nolan Crow­ley (SARATOGA) 74-74 148 Paul Goetz (SHEN) 75-78 153 Ai­dan Seery (GUILD) 79-74 153 Ryan Love­lass (GAL­WAY) 78-76 154 Ryan Bloomer (HOOSICK FALLS) 79-76 155 Adam DeSorbo (FONDA) 81-74 155 Reed Bo­duch (GREEN­WICH) 80-76 156 Will Brax­ton (SARATOGA) 77-81 158

NON QUAL­I­FIERS

Ryan Davis (BETH) 77-82 159; Tyler Gre­gory (NISKAYUNA) 77-81 159; A.J. Cavotta (SARATOGA) 80-80 160; Ryan War­nick (ALB ACADEMY) 80-80 160; Matthew Smith (HOOSICK FALLS) 84-77 161; T.J. Tros­set (BETH) 79-83 162; Jack Man­ning (SHEN) 80-82 162; Trevor Wolfe (ICH­A­BOD) 80-83 163; Mike West­fall (SHEN) 79-85 164; Ben Fol­los (SCHUYLERVILLE) 85-85 169; Dy­lan Fin­negan (SARATOGA) 81-89 170

STAN HUDY - SHUDY@DIGITALFIRSTMEDIA.COM

Saratoga Springs golfer Nolan Crow­ley fires his shot from the 23 fair­way 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.

STAN HUDY - SHUDY@DIGITALFIRSTMEDIA.COM

Gal­way golfer Ryan Love­lass watches his tee shot from the 10th tee at Or­chard Creek Golf Club Thurs­day af­ter­noon dur­ing the Sec­tion II NYS qual­i­fier.

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