NORTHPORT, New York, June 5
BY: Andrew Wroblewski
Actually, scratch that.
That’s how many league titles the boys of the Northport varsity golf team have taken home in as many years after finishing this season atop Suffolk County’s League I with a record of 11-1.
“I think we’ve won the league title for the last four years,” Raymond Waters, head coach of the Northport squad, said. “We were only beaten once this year, but also had three really close matches.”
Northport’s only loss came in April when it fell, 6.5-2.5, in a matchup with Harborfields (8-3).
After that, the Tigers finished the season with six straight wins, including a 6.5-2.5 victory over Deer Park (8-4) on May 8. In that match – played on the Valley at Colonial Springs – Northport junior Sal Tortora shot a 4-over 40 to help give the Tigers the victory.
“It’s [Tortora’s] third year on the team and he was an All-League player this year,” Waters said.
Along with Tortora, Northport was headed up by its senior captain, James Caruana, who was also given All-League honors this season.
Filling out the remaining slot of the Tigers trio of veteran leadership is Sean Healy, a junior, who found himself with All-Conference honors this season.
“Both [Caruana and Healy] are scholar athletes and exclusively play golf,” Waters said. “They also both are single-digit handicappers, of six or under.”
This experience wasn’t enough to lift Northport to a Suffolk County championship, though, as the Tigers failed to qualify for the second day of the county tournament after shooting a collective 440 at Rock Hill Country Club on May 20 and finishing eighth out of 52, according to Waters. The Tigers would have needed to finish in the top six in order to advance to the second day of the tournament on May 26, he said.
“We’ll be very competitive next year,” Waters said when asked about the outlook on his upcoming, 22nd season as Northport’s coach. “The league will be competitive too, though.”
Thanks to youth like eighth-graders Anthony Parziale and Spencer Ruthkowski, along with freshman Mike Kullack and a pair of juniors in Donny Tag and Michael Bloom, all of whom are expected to return next year, Waters just may be right.
Originally published: Long Islander News: Record (Thursday, June 5, 2014)