By Claire Stabbert
LIBERTY Nick Marotta, a Monroe-Woodbury senior, fired a 35 on the back nine for a two-day total of 73 to win the Orange County Interscholastic Athletic Association (OCIAA) title on Thursday at Grossinger Country Club in Liberty.
Among county golfers, Sullivan West junior Drew Billard scored a nine-over-par 80 to place fifth. Fallsburg senior Rich Elliott placed eighth, followed by Eldred’s Dave Powers and Tri-Valley’s Jimmy Bernstein.
All of these golfers qualified for the Section IX golf tournament, which began yesterday at Mansion Ridge in Monroe. Results were not available at press time.
“The conditions were a little bit wet and the kids walked the course but they played nine holes and got rained out on Tuesday. Thursday’s conditions were wet, but still hot,” said Grossinger’s Pro Ken Cogswell
Grossinger Country Club, Liberty, par 71; the top 29 and ties advanced to the Section 9 first round Monday at The Golf Club at Mansion Ridge in Monroe.
Nick Marotta (Monroe-Woodbury) 38-35-73; Scott Clark (Monroe-Woodbury) 35-41-76; Nick Hoffstatter (Kingston) 38-48-78; Brandon Waaland (Washingtonville) 41-37-78; Drew Billard (Sullivan West) 39-41-80; Eric Cohen (Monroe-Woodbury) 42-39-81; Lucas Durland (Warwick) 38-43-81; Rich Elliott (Fallsburg) 41-40-81; Ryan Rodriguez (Cornwall) 42-41-83; Zach Cantelmo (Warwick) 41-43-84; Dylan Kelly (Pine Bush) 38-46-84; David Powers (Eldred) 39-45-84; 13. Brendan Riley (James I. O'Neill) 42-42-84; Pete Rodriguez (Minisink Valley) 42-42-84; Justin Thelig (Kingston) 41-44-85; Grant Gadomski (Warwick) 45-41-86; James Purcell (Monroe-Woodbury) 45-42-87; Sean Ginley (Warwick) 41-47-88; Nikolai Quigley (Warwick) 44-44-88; Josh Hoffner (Newburgh Free Academy) 49-40-89; Bradley Miller (Valley Central) 46-43-89; Jimmy Bernstein (Tri-Valley) 41-49-90; Conor Campbell (Port Jervis) 46-44-90; Jack Donnellan (Monroe-Woodbury) 46-44-90; Connor Cook (Newburgh Free Academy) 42-49-91; Mike Friedman (Monroe-Woodbury) 45-46-91; Jason Sherman (Middletown) 43-48-91; Taylor Stovall (Cornwall) 41-50-91; Pat Morris (Monroe-Woodbury) 44-48-92; Kyle O'Connell (Cornwall) 42-50-92; Justin Pitman (Pine Bush) 45-47-92; Jimmy Stradley (James I. O'Neill) 43-49-92.
Missed the cut (County golfers only): Angelo Niforatos (Monticello) 48-49-97; Connor Walsh (Tri-Valley) 46-51-97; Jesse Higgins (Roscoe) 53-48-101.