Erik Stauderman carded a birdie and 14 pars and won a playoff to win Wednesday’s Mid-Hudson Athletic League Section 9 Qualifier at Apple Greens Golf Course’s par-71 course, leading a contingent of local golfers who earned berth’s for spring’s Section 9 state-qualifying event.
A Spackenkill High School freshman, Stauderman tied Onteora’s Justin Lane through 18 holes with a 74, but he won a two-hole playoff to prevail and capture the MHAL championship, becoming the first Spartan since Brian Viola in 2004 to do so.
Spackenkill placed four golfers in the top-20, all of whom punched their ticket to the state qualifier: Stauderman, Stanley Garrant (fourth overall, 78), Ryan Ackert (eighth, 83) and Bradley Delmar (19th, 94)
“They wanted to show that they could compete with the other great players in the league and play good golf on the course,” said coach Keith Humphrey, referring to his entire Spackenkill squad. “They were ready, and they did it.”
The top 20 finishers and ties earned a spot in the state qualifier. They included Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Jeffrey Peters (76), Brandon Variano (88) and Michael Boryk (88).
“It’s exciting to end the year on a positive note,” said Kevin Hart, the Presidents’ coach. “It was an excellent year for the program, winning (its first) MHAL team title. We look to be strong next year.”
Among the other local qualifiers Wednesday were New Paltz’s Sean Copeland (78), Franco Julia-Wise (86) and Nate McPherson (89); Jordan Stein (80) and Mitch Wiemer (89) of Millbrook; Red Hook’s Austin Lunstedt (84) and Cameron Hackett (95); and Parker Knoop (88) of Rhinebeck.
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