Riding what’s been a seemingly endless wave of success, the Huntington High School golf team has won four consecutive league titles and 50 straight matches, after topping John H. Glenn at Crab Meadow earlier this week, 8-1.
Despite graduating four of six starters from last year’s links squad, the Blue Devils have high hopes for another strong campaign this fall. Huntington has developed one of Suffolk’s premier programs and garnered the respect of its opponents.
All-State junior Tyler Gerbavsits is this year’s team captain after placing tenth in a field of 99 at the New York State championships last spring. He compiled the lowest score among all sophomores in the grueling competition, which played out on the Robert Trent Jones golf course at Cornell University.
Gerbavsits will lead Huntington into battle as its top player. The projected starting lineup also includes junior Matt Giamo, juniors Kevin Lawrence and Marco Caporuscio, freshman Patrick Sclafani and eighth grader Jack Giamo.
All State golfer Tyler Gerbavsits putts
at the Huntington Crescent Club. (Mike Connell photo.)
“The team graduated four of the six starting positions and the new teams in our league are talented,” head coach Michael Marinello said. “However, even as this team is young, I am certain that will be in the mix for a fifth league title.”
Gerbavsits is one of the state’s best and the Blue Devils will clearly be looking to him to pace the squad in every match. “I’m looking forward to another great season,” the teenager said. “The team has a challenging schedule, but we are strong enough to continue our winning streak. My teammates have put a lot of effort into their game and we are all looking forward to getting the season started.
The talented junior is vying to qualify for the state finals again, but he’s taking the season one match at a time. “I worked very hard on my game this summer and I’m ready to have another fun and successful season,” Gerbavsits said.
Following Gerbavsits in the lineup are some very strong golfers, including Matt Giamo, who captured All-League honors last spring. “He has an incredible short game and is playing his best golf to date,” Marinello said.
Caporuscio and Lawrence, who have been on the varsity for two and three years, respectively are getting their first opportunities to start for the Blue Devils.
A skilled freshman, Patrick Sclafani is expected to be among the top golfers in the league. “He is totally dedicated and will be a difference maker this year,” Marinello said.
Sclafani notched a hole-in-one against John H. Glenn on Tuesday afternoon. “Well, I just was trying to get it close and I hit the ball perfect and it just rolled up to the hole and went in,” the teenager said about his performance on Crab Meadow’s 165 yard third hole. “I hit a four iron.”
Jack Giamo shouldn’t be underestimated either. “For what he lacks in size he makes up in toughness,” Marinello said. “This eighth grader will beat many juniors and seniors this season.”
The roster also includes Johnn Lourenso, Anthony Puglisi, Hugh Smith, Kyle Chin, Joseph Sclafani and Rocco Meagher. Any of the six could very well be a star on almost any other golf team in the county.
As the Blue Devils ramp up their title defense they will have to content with a reorganization implemented by Section XI. “This year will be different as all leagues have been re-aligned to allow golf to hold its county tournament in the fall,” Marinello said. “This leaves only the state qualifiers playing into the spring for the state championship.”
The Huntington Crescent Club will once again host the Blue Devils. “The ability to call Huntington Crescent Club our home is an honor we carry proudly,” Marinello said. “We appreciate the support of PGA professional John Schob and the membership of Crescent Club have extended to the Huntington golf program.”
Marinello extended his thanks to the Huntington Booster Club, which purchased new golf bags for the team this year.