HORSEHEADS - Undeterred by rain and wind with gusts upwards of 30 miles an hour, Horseheads capped off a perfect season earning the Section IV Class A golf title at Soaring Eagles Golf Course Thursday.
Horseheads won the title a week after winning the Southern Tier Athletic Conference title at Cornell.
“It’s a pretty tremendous feeling, I’m really happy for the boys,” Horseheads head coach Ed Browning said. “For as long as I’ve been doing it, it’s a lot more important for them than it is me. These two tournaments are hard to win. To be able to just walk out of a week in trying conditions and get both of them is tremendous for the kids. What an accomplishment.”
In a day where scores near the par of 71 were hard to come by, Seth Conway was three strokes under par shooting a 68.
“It was tough conditions out there,” said Conway. “Really windy and rainy. I just kind of pretended like it wasn’t happening and everyone was playing through it, so I just had to deal with it.”
Conway started off strong with three birdies on the front nine. He then bogeyed the first two holes on the back nine, but rebounded with two birdies including a two on a par three on 17.
“That’s definitely one of the best rounds that I’ve seen in my 25 years of coaching,” said Browning.
Conway was the headline, but Horseheads' team score of 402 bested runner up Corning's by 16 strokes. Matt Printup shot a 79, Zach Loche added an 81, Evan Hatch posted an 83, Rob Darmstadt carded a 91 and Jacob Harpster had a 93.
To win a STAC and Section IV Class A title, it requires consistency from all scoring positions. That's something Horseheads has had throughout its 2019 season and its 46 straight dual match victories.
“It’s an individual sport, but we’re playing it as a team sport,” Browning said. “It’s that kind of camaraderie that these kids have that has helped us get through this season so well.”
Corning came in at second with a team score of 418.
“I thought we played well,” Corning head coach Chris Clark said. “My kids were disappointed. We had a good season. They really thought they could be competitive with Horseheads, but seeing what [Seth] Conway shot today, our hats go off to him. He's a great kid and a great golfer.
The Hawks had two golfers in the top nine earning medals as Tyler Thomas and Ben Tubbs recorded 79’s. Other finishers for Corning included Jairam Hathwar (82), Nick Hepburn (88), Owen Walker (90) and Drew Beall (99).
Corning finishes its season 16-3.
For Elmira, Brock O'Hart, Brady Magliocca and Ben Rhode all carded 96's.