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Liberty boys win OCIAA Division IV as teams closed out league schedule

May 13, 2019

By Anthony Morgano - reporter/photographer

By: Anthony Morgano | Democrat
Liberty's Gavin Racette shot a 48 in last week's regular season finale, which was the best individual score of the day.
SWAN LAKE -- Four county boys golf teams recently hit the greens at Swan Lake Golf and Country Club, closing out their league match schedules. Each team played one round of golf and their scores determined the winner of two three-way matches -- Liberty vs Sullivan West vs Tri-Valley and Sullivan West vs Roscoe vs Tri-Valley.
It was an especially exciting day for the Indians, as Liberty defeated Sullivan West and Tri-Valley with ease. Liberty shot 276 compared to the Bulldogs' 296 and Tri-Valley's 300. With the wins, Liberty captured OCIAA Division IV with a 7-1 overall record and an umblemished 6-0 in league play.
“There are a lot of new, young golfers throughout the county,” Liberty Coach Liz Fuentes said during the match.
“The teams are all pretty evenly matched, and they're all out here to learn and have fun.”
Her team was led by Gavin Racette, Quintin Herzog and Jarod Hellerer who shot 48, 52 and 54 respectively.
Sullivan West took the match with Tri-Valley and Roscoe when scores were applied to the second contest, as Roscoe shot 348.
The Bulldogs (3-6, 2-4 OCIAA) were led by Calvin Heaney who shot 56, as well as Kris Rasmussen and Liam Pereira-Mendoza who both shot 57.
“It's a very short season because of the weather,” Sullivan West Coach John Meyer said. “Adding non-league matches in-between the league matches makes the season seem a bit longer and gives the kids a chance to get out and play.”
Tri-Valley (6-4, 4-2 OCIAA) was led by Gavin Clarke (50), Winston Coddington (54) and Johnny Spear (58).
“Gavin Clarke is a very exciting young golfer,” Tri-Valley coach Ron Hughes said. “He's only in 8th grade, but he has experience playing with his father.”
“The kids have had to play in bad conditions, and it's hard to learn and practice when we can't get out because of the weather,” Hughes added.
Roscoe (0-8, 0-6 OCIAA) was led by Noah France, Benjamin Ackerly and Collin Garafolo who all shot 68.
“We only have four golfers this year, none of which have prior competitive experience” said Roscoe coach Kevin Clifford. “The goal for this season is just to learn and gain experience, because all of our golfers are freshmen or sophomores.”
The boys golf postseason kicked off yesterday with the OCIAA Open at West Point Golf Course.

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