Wednesday, 17 June 2009 15:38
Manhasset’s Varsity Boys Golf Team participated in the Nassau County Team Championships this past week for the 12th year in a row. Only 12 teams out of 41 in the county qualified. Individual qualifiers were based on their stroke averages during league play. Eisenhower Park’s White Course was the site for the two day tournament and the 6,900 plus yard layout proved to be extremely difficult for the 130 player field. Unforgiving rough, tough pin placement and undulating greens led to higher than normal scores except for the very few.
Seniors JP Rinfret, Tyler Grimes and Dave Peterson represented Manhasset, along with sophomore Bennett Linsky, freshman Jake Overlander and eighth grader JB Thompson. While the 6-4 regular season record Indians finished in seventh place and 2 strokes out of qualifying for playing on the second day, Bennett and Tyler shot low enough rounds to allow them to continue playing for the individual title. The field was cut to the low 30 individuals plus six teams.
Although Tyler was disappointed that he didn’t putt a little better on day two it was still an impressive accomplishment for the Clemson bound senior. Bennett birdied the 18th hole to shoot a 77 on the second day to end up finishing tied for sixth place. This enabled him to head to Cornell and the State Championships May 31 and June 1 for the second time in three years. Only former players Danny MacDonald and Hunter Semels have been to Cornell more than twice.
Bennett still has won more years to be included in this select group and possibly surpass the other two.
Other players on this year’s team include freshmen Mike Christofer and Cat Blando, plus seventh grader Joe Blando.
Five members of the team received awards at the Milleridge Inn on June 4: Bennett Linsky—All County; JP Rinfret—Honorable Mention All County; Tyler Grimes, Dave Peterson and JB Thompson each received an All Conference award.
Coach Chuck Collyer would like to thank Plandome Country Club and North Hempstead Country Club for the generous offer of their courses for practices and matches.