The Huntington High School golf team is sending its two best players to next spring’s New York State championships at Cornell, but the Blue Devils are already looking ahead to the fall when the squad will regroup and look to maintain its footing among the county’s leaders.
Huntington compiled a 7-3 mark this past fall behind the strong play of seniors Tyler Gerbavsits and Matt Giamo, sophomore Patrick Sclafani and freshman Jack Giamo along with a talented cast of veterans and newcomers, including Kyle Chin, Kyle Colleluori, Matt Giamo, John Lourenso, Anthony Puglisi, Hugh Smith, Mackenzie McManus and Joseph Sclafani.
“The team always displayed proper course etiquette and sportsmanship,” Marinello said. “They were hardworking and determined.”
Huntington golf coach Mike Marinello.
Gerbavsits will be making his second appearance in the state finals next June, after having also qualified as a sophomore. “Tyler is a very talented golfer,” said Mike Marinello, Huntington’s head coach. “His steady improvement over the past year has not been by chance. He played in countless tournaments over the summer to improve his game. He has the talent to be All-State this spring.”
Matt Giamo won the individual league championship. He’ll be joining Gerbavsits in the state finals. “There is no doubt that Matt is a great golfer, but it’s his personal qualities that set him apart from the crowd,” Marinello said. “He’s a fierce competitor, but he always demonstrates honesty, integrity and sportsmanship. He never lets the pressure of a big moment get the best of him. He’s a quietly confident athlete who plays his best when the pressure is on.”
Marinello called the team a “hard working and determined group.” The Blue Devils defeated John H. Glenn (9-0 and 9-0), Walt Whitman (9-0 and 7.5-1.5), Half Hollow Hills West (7.5-1.5 and 6-3) and Half Hollow Hills East (7-2). Huntington dropped matches to Hills East (5.5-3.5) and Commack (7.5-0.5 and 7-2).
In addition to Gerbavsits and Matt Giamo, the Blue Devils will be losing Chin, Puglisi and Smith to graduation. Everyone else returns.
“We will have a young team next year,” Marinello said. “We will be losing the two core players that brought us so much success.”
The coach said the projected lineup heading in next season looks to be: 1. Pat Sclafani; 2. Jack Giamo; 3. John Lourenso; 4. Kyle Colleluori; 5. Joe Sclafani and a wide open competition for the sixth slot at this point.