Qual­i­fiers weather tough con­di­tions

Tem­per­a­tures drop into 50s for sec­ond round of Sec­tion II tour­na­ment

Albany Times Union - - SPORTS - By Pete Dougherty pdougherty@time­sunion.com 518-454-5416 @Pete_­dougherty

May-de­cem­ber re­la­tion­ships aren’t sup­posed to ap­ply to golf tour­na­ments, but par­tic­i­pants in the Sec­tion II state qual­i­fier are won­der­ing how the cal­en­dar got messed up.

Af­ter play­ing the first round of the 36-hole tour­na­ment Tues­day in 80-de­gree tem­per­a­tures at Or­chard Creek Golf Club, the 20 golfers who made the cut were greeted by tem­per­a­tures in the 50s ac­com­pa­nied by a bit­ing wind on Fri­day.

“Tues­day was per­fect con­di­tions,” Saratoga Springs se­nior Nolan Crow­ley said. “It was just a lit­tle wet. The wind was re­ally a fac­tor to­day, and the cold, and the wet­ness again. It was three fac­tors com­ing in and mak­ing it hard on us.”

The scores showed it. Only four play­ers im­proved on their first-round score, but Crow­ley man­aged a 6-over-par 77 to win the in­di­vid­ual cham­pi­onship.

“Be­fore the round, my goal was to get back to even,” Crow­ley said, “but when I was go­ing through it, I was like try to shoot 75-75. I was on track to do it, but I just started get­ting worn down a bit, and the score started go­ing down­ward.”

Crow­ley made a scram­bling bo­gey on the par-4 15th and took dou­ble bo­gey on the par-5 16th — which played like a par 6 — but came in with a 10-over 152, four strokes ahead of Shenen­de­howa’s Paul Goetz, who shot 80.

“The yardage to take is ba­si­cally ir­rel­e­vant,” Goetz said, “be­cause the point you were aim­ing at on Tues­day is like 30 or 40 yards left or right of where you have to play to­day. The yardage you get is 20 yards up or down of where you have to play. It’s just amaz­ing the dif­fer­ence be­tween Tues­day and to­day. We were 80 then, 50 prob­a­bly to­day. It’s not fun, but you’ve got to fig­ure out how to work at it.”

Seven birdies were carded by the field in 360 to­tal holes. Just two play­ers parred 16, a 587-yard hole that played into a strong wind. The stroke av­er­age on the hole was 6.75.

Nine play­ers still left the course happy, hav­ing earned a trip to the state tour­na­ment next June at Cor­nell. Mike West­fall of Shenen­de­howa parred the first play­off hole against Ai­dan Fitzger­ald of Al­bany Academy to earn the ninth and fi­nal spot. They were tied at 18-over 160.

“I was in a play­off two years back to move to the sec­ond round,” West­fall said, “so I had the feel­ing, but you’ve still got to ex­e­cute.”

Four play­ers will be headed to states for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year: Crow­ley, Goetz, Ai­dan Seery of Guilder­land, and Ryan Bloomer of Hoosick Falls.

Pete Dougherty / Times Union

Golfers, from left, who qual­i­fied for the state tour­na­ment in­clude, Mike West­fall, Jack Man­ning and Paul Goetz of Shenen­de­howa, Nolan Crow­ley and A.J. Cavotta of Saratoga Springs, Ryan Bloomer and Matt Smith of Hoosick Falls, Ai­dan Seery of Guilder­land and Trevor Wolfe of Ich­a­bod Crane.

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