Fernandez, Francioso, Tucker Drive Golf Team to Record Low Scores


Kieran Baisley, Sports Editor

The members of the golf team would like to tee up a big thank you to everyone who supported and celebrated this season. With golf officially over on the course the coaches couldn’t have anticipated as great a season as this one.

The team finished 8-4 – good for a respected 3rd place finish in Conference V. Coaches Kravitz and Colavita called it the most successful season in their 9 years. Three golfers should qualify for the Nassau County tournament in the spring: James “Mechanic” Tucker, Raul “Blue” Fernandez, and Faith Francioso. This should be Faith’s 4th, Raul’s 3rd, and James 2nd county tournament.

The Warriors also defeated South Side and Oceanside for the first time ever in their fourth year in the conference. They split with both of those teams and lost two very close matches to conference champ Garden City, which won for the 14th time in the past 17 years.

One of the greatest single days in Wantagh golf history came on the Eisenhower Blue back nine versus Sewanhaka, October 2. The Warriors posted their lowest score in at least 13 years (possibly a team record) with a team 206 (lowest five players). Raul shot the lowest score of the the past decade with an even par 36. Faith battled an outstanding opponent who made a three-under-par hole in one on a par 4. Despite that miracle shot, Faith had a putt to win the match on the final hole. She tied Tim Na, who nearly qualified for states last year, with a 38. Connor “The Chef” Pecinka had a 42 that day and Ethan Insinga shot a season-best for him of 46. The Warriors won that match 7.5 to 1.5.

While Faith made it to day two of the counties last spring, the first Wantagh golfer since 2004, there was a lot of work done out on the course this season. “Chef” Pecinka was cooking up all season long along with “Froshsation” Cole Kornbleuth, Insinga, and Connor “Bobby” Green. Zach “Ferda” Candela had never played competitive golf yet quickly filled a much larger role than expected, along with Steve “Mechanic” Vaiano who had a great senior-day performance.

Next year’s team has tryouts the week before school starts in August, and the coaches expect anyone interested to be out on the course. Seven out of the 11 players on the roster will be graduating in the spring. So, if you are interested in golf and gaining varsity exposure, go to the team meeting next June and give golf a shot!