Huntington golf team bags

H-ton Golfers Strive to Keep Streak Going

The Huntington golf team has many promising players. (Sue Gerbavsits photo.)

September 11, 2017

Riding a wave of five consecutive league championships, the Huntington High School golf team isn’t finished yet. The Blue Devils have every intention of adding to their remarkable string of titles this fall.

Seniors Tyler Gerbavsits and Matt Giamo are set to lead Huntington as the Blue Devils take on a challenging Suffolk League III schedule. The team features two sets of brothers and several exceptionally promising underclassmen

“We have a talented group of golfers, but our league is very tough and our players will have to grind out some wins as they did last year,” head coach Michael Marinello said.

Michael Marinello
Huntington golf coach
Michael Marinello.

Huntington’s roster also includes seniors Kyle Chin, Anthony Puglisi and Hugh Smith, sophomores Patrick Sclafani and John Laurenso, freshmen Jack Giamo and Kyle Colleluori and eighth graders Joseph Sclafani and Mackenzie McManus.

After dropping two early season matches last fall, the Blue Devils pulled together and won their fifth straight league crown. “They will need to dig deep again to achieve their goal,” Marinello said.

“We have a great group of guys this year,” said Gerbavsits, who reached the state championships as a sophomore. “We are ready to take our sixth league championship in a row. Everyone has been working hard this season with the ultimate goal of a winning county championship.”

Huntington is scheduled to play two matches each against Half Hollow Hills East, Commack, John H. Glenn, Half Hollow Hills West and Walt Whitman. The Blue Devils practice and play their home matches at the Huntington Crescent Club. Depending on the opponent, matches will also be played at Bethpage State Park, Cold Spring Country Club and Crab Meadow.

“Golf is an individual sport, but it’s a team game,” Matt Giamo said. “I love making a big putt or winning a big match and celebrating with Tyler and my team. I love the competition and am ready to hang one more banner in the gym.”

The Blue Devils have built a strong relationship over the years with the folks at their home course. “We appreciate the support of head pro John Schob, Golf Chairman Lou Severine and the Huntington Crescent Club’s membership,” Marinello said.

The team’s 11 members simply love to play golf. They spent the summer playing as much as they could. That experience should come in handy this fall.