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Spackenkill golfer Erik Stauderman
When Erik Stauderman joined the Spackenkill High School boys golf team, it didn't take long for coach Keith Humphrey to realize the seventh-grader was advanced well beyond his years.
"He was already a groomed veteran, even at that age," Humphrey said. "He knew what he was doing and he was immediately one of the better golfers in Section 9."
So good that Stauderman nearly qualified for the New York State Public High School Athletic Association tournament then, missing the cut by two shots.Four seasons — and four state tournament appearances — have passed since then.Now, Humphrey describes his pupil as a "powerhouse."
The junior had the best performance of his career thus far in the state tournament, taking 17th place as the competition concluded on Monday at Robert Trent Jones Golf Course at Cornell University.
Franklin D.Roosevelt senior Jeffrey Peters took 21st and Tyler Schaad of Millbrook High School finished 64th in a field of 99.
Stauderman carded a 156, including a 77 in the second round at the par-71 course in Ithaca.That included two birdies and nine pars.He shot a 79 in the first round on Saturday.
"Erik did very well, shooting in the 70s in both rounds," Humphrey said. "Saturday's conditions were difficult because it rained for the last 16 holes.He and (Peters) did well, given the circumstances, and their performances picked up when the weather improved."
Peters totaled a 157, rebounding from an 81 in the first round with a 76 on Monday.
Franklin D.Roosevelt golfer Jeffrey Peters
Schaad had a 166, including shooting 80 in the second round.The Millbrook sophomore had won the Dutchess County Golf Coaches' Invitational Tournament last week.
Nathan Han of Somers won the tournament, carding a 146, including a 72 in the second round.He, in a word, weathered the weekend storm, shooting a 74 on Saturday.
"Jeffrey did a great job of grinding out a respectable score on a tough course, especially with the weather on Saturday," Presidents coach Kevin Hart said of the senior, who competed in the state tournament for a third consecutive year. "It's been a joy to be on this ride with him and I hope other golfers (in Dutchess County) can look up to him and continue the success.We've got a lot of talented young golfers in the area."
Stauderman and Schaad are certainly among them.
"It's hard to believe all those years have gone by already," Humphrey said of coaching Stauderman. "He's made steady improvements every year and become a leader and a mentor… And we've got another (year) to go."
Representatives of Section 9 at the boys golf state tournament
In the girls state tournament, which ended Sunday, New Paltz sophomore Alex Cymbal finished tied for 62nd, shooting 190 in two rounds at Bethpage State Park on Long Island. Carmel's Lauren Peter won the tournament with a 140.
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