If One Golfer Can Step Up Team Could Contend Next Year

Nolan Foley, Reporter

The Wantagh golf team led by senior captain Kyle Hughes finished its season, 3-7. The team had many bright spots, especially the play of top golfers Faith Francioso, Raul Fernandez and James Tucker. Francioso, a junior, who has made the county tournament for the past two seasons, is a near lock to qualify for her third straight. Fernandez and Tucker also look to qualify for the tournament which Fernandez qualified for last season.

Coached by Mr. Kravitz and Mr. Colavita, for their 8th season, the team had some outstanding moments including its first ever lead over Garden City. Garden City, which had won 23 out of their previous individual 24 matches over Wantagh, started out down 0-2 as Wantagh’s top two golfers Faith Francioso and Raul Fernandez beat Garden City’s top 2. Garden City would come back and win the match but it was a historic day for Wantagh golf. The team beat Sewanhaka twice this season with convincing scores of 9-0 and 5.5-3.5 without two of their top golfers. Their final win was over East Meadow 7-2.

During the season Francioso left the team to join the pro-am tournament at Pebble Beach in California which is one of the most famous golf courses in the country. She shot two scores in the 70’s on Pebble Beach which is one of the most famous and difficult golf courses in the world. This season Francioso also beat a number of team’s No. 1 outstanding male golfers and she will return next year with her goals set high.

And she will almost definitely play this spring in the boys’ Nassau County golf tournament with the golf of becoming the first Wantagh golf in over a decade to reach Day 2 of the 2-day tournament.

The team who will be returning four solid golfers next year is looking to make history and compete for a conference and county championship.