By Mike Zacchio
WACCABUC – Scarsdale enjoyed a heavy measure of success on the first day of the Section 1 golf tournament.
Josh Goldenberg paced a field of 60 golfers at Waccabuc Country Club on Monday, carding an even-par 70 to hold a one-stroke lead over a heavily competitive field.
Teammates Sol Thompson (72), James Nicholas (75), Jonny Emmerman (76) and Daniel Berkson (80) all found their way into the 30-player cut. Five of the seven Scarsdale competitors advanced.
“All in all, not bad,” said Raiders coach Andy Verboys, who noted that he nearly cut Berkson as a freshman last year. “Four of them are right there in contention to make the state team.”
Fenway Golf Club will host the final round Wednesday for the third consecutive year.
The top nine finishers Wednesday will earn a trip to Cornell for the state tournament. Section 1 won the team title last season, and eight of the nine players — including Goldenberg and Nicholas — did not graduate.
Suffern’s Alex Kayrialou was the lone Rockland qualifier, carding a 79.
Defending champion junior Brett Ito of Ardsley and 2013 runner-up Christian Cavaliere each turned in a 75 for their day. The juniors have been fixtures on the state team in recent years.
Using the experience learned from playing his home varsity matches at Waccabuc, John Jay senior Bear Carlson carded a 71, tying him with Rye sophomore James McHugh for second place.
“My game has been coming around. I think it may be turning the corner now, so I’m excited for Wednesday. Hopefully I can kick it up another gear,” Carlson said.
Joining Carlson at Fenway will be teammate Kyra Cox, a female freshman, who tied for the cut at 80.
Cox is the first female to qualify for the final round of the section tournament since former Indian Nicole Morales, who went on to become the top-ranked high school golfer in the country, did it in 2011.
Morales also qualified for the state team that year.
“It’s great to be compared to Nicole. She’s a great player, and it’s a great opportunity to play in a tournament like this,” said Cox, sporting four tees lodged into the ponytail poking through her hat. “I’ve only played (Fenway) once, and it was in a match, so I didn’t get to see all the holes, but I’m excited to play there on Wednesday.”
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