Golf Team Shoots High; Coaches See Reason for Optimism for Next Year

Spencer Gustafson, Sports Editor

The Wantagh golf team has had at least one golfer make counties for the past nine years. Last year seven seniors  graduated from an outstanding team that included a six-year starter and three golfers who qualified for counties nine times combined. The loss of key players always hurts, and it showed this season for the Warriors.

It looks like there will be no qualifiers for counties in this rebuilding year for the golf team, coached for the 10th year by Mr. Kravitz and Mr. Colavita. As the team lost its key seniors from a year ago, it was time for the younger members to step up and lead the team.

Although it was not a great season overall, there were bright spots that could be built upon in the future for the Warriors. Golfers such as Ethan Insigna, who lead the team as the No. 1 and captain, shot a team low 43 at Merrick Golf Course. Matt McCartin and Cole Kornbluth followed Insigna with a 44 and a 45 at Merrick as well. Another shining moment for the Warriors was against Freeport when TJ Hurley had his lowest score of the season and won his match that day. Liam Winges was also a winner against Freeport, beating his opponent. The young players are stepping up and are ready to lead the team next season.

As the season came to a close, the team was able to look back and see that it was a year of growth, and learning. They were able to remember some of the beautiful courses they were able to play throughout the season such as Cherry Valley Country Club, Lido Golf Course, and Middle Bay in Oceanside.

Coaches Kravitz and Colavita have confidence that their team will come back stronger next year.

“If we can continue to improve we’ll start a new county streak next year,”  said Kravitz. “We are always looking for any golfers, male or female, to join the team. Work on your game throughout the year and you could be a varsity starter next fall.”