It’s competitive, but fun. It’s a chance for high school golfers to get together and face each other for bragging rights, yet at the time it’s an opportunity to bask in camaraderie.
It’s the 46th annual Dutchess County Golf Coaches Invitational and it will be held at McCann Memorial Golf Course on Wednesday.
Twenty four golfers from Spackenkill, Millbrook, Our Lady of Lourdes, Rhinebeck, Roy C. Ketcham, John Jay, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Arlington high schools were chosen to participate, with sectional-tournament qualifiers receiving automatic bids to the 18-hole event.
Event organizer Keith Humphrey is excited for this year’s installment. He said he likes the mixture of fun and the dueling atmosphere.
“It’s kind of a chance for bragging rights, but it’s also a chance for fall and spring teams to compete against one another,” said Humphrey, who coaches the Spackenkill boys golf team, which competes predominantly in the fall. “There are very good golfers in this tournament, young professionals.”
Erik Stauderman, a Spackenkill freshman, won the event last year. He has the chance to become the first consecutive winner since Nick Dilio of John Jay won back-to-back tournaments in 2010 and 2011.
“Erik is fun to watch,” Humphrey said. “There’s no doubt he wants to repeat. He puts so much effort into his game, he’s so talented. He’s just grown into a tremendous golfer. It’s a treat to see him play.”
Stauderman said his goal is to win the tournament again. He added the tournament is a chance for local golfers to teach each other, and add to each other’s skills.
“I have a couple friends from Roosevelt and Ketcham playing,” said Stauderman, who qualified for his second straight state tournament on Wednesday at the Section 9 tournament, along with teammate Stanley Garrant, Roosevelt’s Jeffrey Peters and Millbrook’s Jordan Stein. “It’s competition that brings out the best in everyone.”
John Jay’s Kyle Hover is also anticipating a competitive tournament. Like Stauderman, he is looking to win it, although he will be among companions.
“I have a lot of friends in Section 9 — Stanley, Erik — I played with most of those guys in junior tournaments,” Hover said. “Somebody like Stanley is so consistent. Jordan Stein from Millbrook, McCann sets up well for him.”
John Jay coach Jim Cancellari has also taken notice of the fellowship the tournament offers.
“A lot of kids know each other — the John Jays, the Ketchams, the Spackenkills, the Arlingtons. They know each other,” Cancellari said. “It’s just a great activity and one more chance for these kids to get recognized. They’re all pumped to be able to play.”
For the second year in a row, the Ryan Paschal Memorial Scholarship will be awarded at the conclusion of the invitational. Paschal golfed for Arlington from 1989-1992, but lost his life in a car accident while attending SUNY Cobleskill. Each area coach was asked to nominate one senior of their team for the $1,000 scholarship, and the the top candidates were asked to submit a short essay explaining how they exemplify persistence and character both on the course and on. Last year, Arlington’s Nick Turenchalk received the award.
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Dutchess County Golf Coaches Invitational
Wednesday at McCann Memorial Golf Course
Team Golfer Tee Time (p.m.)
Spackenkill Erik Stauderman 12:30
Roosevelt Jeffrey Peters 12:30
Spackenkill Stanley Garrant 12:30
John Jay Kyle McCloskey 12:30
Ketcham Nick DiMarco 12:38
Roosevelt Brandon Variano 12:38
Spackenkill Ryan Ackert 12:38
John Jay Kyle Hover 12:38
Millbrook Jordan Stein 12:46
John Jay Tino Tardella 12:46
Ketcham Ryan Racca 12:46
Rhinebeck Parker Knoop 12:46
Ketcham Eric Bentsen 12:54
John Jay Aidan Autero 12:54
John Jay Justin D’Alessandro 12:54
Arlington Garrett Murray 12:54
Spackenkill Bradley Delmar 1:02
John Jay Nick Uva 1:02
Arlington Matt Tofte 1:02
Arlington Jamie Hamburg 1:02
Spackenkill John Timm 1:10
Arlington Peter Pertrillo 1:10
Lourdes Garrett Ossolinski 1:10
Lourdes John Wheeler 1:10