Saturday, December 4, 2021

Glens Falls Dock Medalist in Tough Conditions at State High School Golf Qualifier

Mechanicville – The final round of the ABCD State Qualifiers Section II Sunday at the Fairways of Halfmoon Golf Course was more a test of survival than a skill show.

Cold, windy and wet conditions once again plagued the contestants, who weren’t even sure they would soften the already-drenched course even more after Saturday’s drenching rain in the first round.

But the top of the leaderboard persisted, five of nine qualifiers cracking 80 and earning a spot at next June’s NYS Championship at the Mark Twain Golf Course in Elmira.

Glens Falls High School sophomore Brayden Dock, class CD medalist in the first week, backed Saturday’s 4-over-par 76 with a solid 75 for a two-day total of 151 over Greenville senior Trey Smith (74-). There were two shots ahead. 153) and three ahead of Saratoga Springs attendant Kellen Dean (74–154).

Fourth-placed Saratoga Springs freshman Carter Sika (80-159) and Niskayuna junior Vincent Liguari (77-159), a Class A medalist.

Ryan Komp (82-162) of Shenandoahova, David Mooradian (78-163) of Avril Park, Tanner Fairman (82-167) of Queensbury and Travis Taylor (85-167) of Colombia were eliminated from the qualifiers. Breyden Kehoe (87–168) of Niscuna and Declan Ladd (85–169) of Saratoga Springs earned two alternate berths.

Dock, a two-time qualifier for national drive, chip and putt competition and the NENY PGA Junior League Player of the Year, managed only one birdie but stayed out of major trouble with just four bogeys.

“It was a little windy,” said Doc. “My ball striking wasn’t great today. I was just trying to work my way around the course. I didn’t feel very confident. It was my goal to be a medalist. I knew where I was [on the leaderboard] But I was just trying to play against myself. I can’t control everyone. I can only manage myself and leave my score behind tomorrow.”

Dock continued to hit a high percentage of the fairway in regulation and didn’t mind leaving yardage off the tee to the rest of his lead group. “I’ve been trying to get a little longer, but I can’t chase it,” he said. “Smooth swinging and hitting the middle of the fairway is more important than trying to kill him.”

Dock said he is looking forward to his first appearance at the NYS tournament and admitted that his experience in several regional junior events was a huge advantage for him compared to some of the other players in the field.

“My experience helps that I’ve been at the top of the standings and in the first group, but I just try to play against myself. I can’t do much more than what my opponents are doing.”

Last Tuesday, Class CD medalist Smith filled four bogeys in two birdies. He had a birdie on the 16th hole of par 4. He drove on the green, though his shot bounced toward a green bunker, leaving a delicate eagle pitch. After this he covered a distance of 10 feet for his birdie.

“I was trying to lay on that hole, but I hit a 300-yard 3-wood,” he said with a chuckle. “I scored a run [toward being medalist], and I did well here the first time. I feel good about my score. When I lost in a playoff I missed going to the States as a shot. Since then, I’ve been wanting to go back to this. This was my last chance to form the state and I took advantage of it.

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Smith, wearing a woolen hat, was not a fan of the weather conditions. “It was not ideal weather. A bit chilly and windy. It must have been 25-30 mph out there. Downwind it was helpful, but in the wind, it was brutal,” he said.

Weather and course conditions led to a poor break for Dean on the par-4 10th hole, when a delicate pitch shot landed in a puddle just off the green instead of jumping off. He double bogeyed. But he recorded three birdies.

“It was very windy and very wet, especially around the greens,” he said. “But it was a fun group. I know most of them. We kind of thrived and built each other up. I put in a lot of short puts and shots that mattered,” he said. “I did it a lot. Didn’t hit well, but I hit it good enough to make some birdies.”

Sika also got a few bad breaks during his run but did record a pair of birdies. He also made a remarkable bogey on the difficult par-4 14th hole, when his tee shot landed in an almost impassable area on the top of the hill near the fence.

“My goal was to make a state team. I got some bad breaks, but I played through them,” he said. “I didn’t know where I was on the leaderboard, but I tried not to look. I thought the course would play a little easier than Saturday, so I was hoping to play the same or a little better. I can’t really hit the ball.” I was putting well [Saturday] And hitting the green. I tried to do the same thing today but I was struggling with my tee shots. I just tried to figure things out from the fairway,” he said.

Liguri suffered two double bogeys, but made up for them with four birdies during the 77, which was five shots better than Saturday’s opening round.

Komp rolled in three birdies during his 82 Sunday, while Mouradian, CC’s son of Troy standout Dave Moradian, posted his only birdie on the 16th hole during his 78. Fearman and Taylor each recorded a birdie each during their second round.


(Para 72-144)

Qualifier – Brayden Dock (Glens Falls) 75-151, Trey Smith (Greenville) 74-153, Kellen Dean (Saratoga Springs) 74-154, Vincent Liguari (Niscuna) 77-159, Carter Sika (Saratoga Springs) 80-159, Ryan Komp (Shenandoahova) 82-162, David Mouradian (Avril Park) 78-163, Tanner Fairman (Queensbury) 82-167, Travis Taylor (Columbia) 85-167.

Alternative – Brayden Kehoe (Niscuna) 87-168, Declan Ladd (Saratoga Springs) 85-169.

other scores – Luke Morgenstein (Schohari) 85-169, James Gerdman (Albany Academy) 86-170, Ben Heidbreder (Albany Academy) 86-170, Aiden Fleming (Hoosick Falls) 85-171, Jack Hoblock (Shaker) 85-171, Doreen Chang (Queensbury) 87-172, CJ Strong (CBA) 88-174, Ben Swart (Hudson Falls) 90-175 Adam DeGregory (Schuylerville) 93-176.

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