Two Straight Wins for Trojans
By Frank Rizzo
SWAN LAKE — May 23, 2000 -- Playing a regular season match the day after the league
individual championship tourney was definitely anti-climactic, but
Jeff-Youngsville had enough left to beat Roscoe 233-236 and clinch its
second straight Western Sullivan League (WSL) golf title.
The match was played on the par-36 front nine of Swan Lake CC, the home
course of the Trojans.
And there was a certain justice in beating the Blue Devils, who, after
all, have been the New York Yankees of WSL golf, winning nine titles in
Last year the two teams split their two matches, but Jeff-Youngsville
tied Tri-Valley while Roscoe lost to the same Bears, giving them
respective league marks of 10–1–1 and 10–2.
Two years ago the rivals finished with the same 11–1 record, but
Roscoe garnered the title by virtue of a better stroke differential in
their two matches — which again, they split.
This year lacked the same drama, with the Trojans enjoying an
undefeated league season and destined for the title from the opening
“We played the front nine (on Wednesday), and we weren’t used to
it,” said J-Y coach Rick Ellison. “To give Roscoe credit they
played well, and it was the best score by an opponent on our course in
The scoring line:
J-Y: Gregg Semenetz 41; Craig Corigliano 47; Curtis Corigliano 47; Sean
Semenetz 48; Kyle Corigliano 50.
Roscoe: Craig Ryder 41; Justin Bowers 45; Dustin Bury 49; Lonnie
Ackerley 50; Brian Bury 51.
“Despite losing Jared (Kubenik) we’re not too far behind last year’s
team, maybe two strokes off,” Ellison said, referring to the
defending Section IX champ. “Sean (Semenetz) came in and he’s been
solid and steady as a seventh grader. Gregg (Semenetz) has shaved two
strokes off his average. Craig and Kyle (Corigliano) have both played
well. And there’s been a good battle for the fifth scoring spot with
Matt Fulton, Curtis Corigliano, and Kurt Seibert.
“We have the depth,” Ellison added.
Roscoe coach Jim Bowers Sr. said his team’s showing this season “was
better than I expected. It’s definitely rebuilding time.”
Bowers lost defending WSL champ Paul Stock Jr. as well as his son, Jim
Jr., (the league MVP in 1999) to graduation.
This Blue Devil squad is young, with four eighth graders on the roster.
“The WSL is more competitive this year,” said Bowers, noting the
tight battle for second behind Jeff-Youngsville. “Jeff lost Jared but
remained strong and deep. We’ve had these kind of years before… we’ll
be there (at the top) again.”