Spackenkill High School’s Erik Stauderman shot a 4-over-par 75 at Apple Greens Golf Course in Highland on Wednesday to win a second consecutive Mid-Hudson Athletic League boys golf individual championship.
The sophomore had two birdies and 11 pars, and closed out the round with four straight pars to earn the victory. This tournament also served as the qualifier for the Section 9 tournament, which will be held in May.
“He’s a very special player and I’ve seen that since seventh grade,” Spackenkill coach Keith Humphrey said of Stauderman. “He missed making states by two shots in seventh grade, then he made it in eighth grade. I’ve seen steady improvement and the sky is the limit for him.”
Teammates Stanley Garrant and Ryan Ackert were also among the 20 qualifiers. Garrant carded a 77 and Ackert an 86. “Those guys are very talented and focused and they’ve been so steady this year,” Humphrey said. “It’s fun to watch.”
Jeffrey Peters of Franklin D. Roosevelt shot a 79 and teammates Max LaFalce (88) and Zach Plambeck (89) also made the cut. As did New Paltz’s teammates Wesley Watts (84) and Jaxson Koebel-Secky (87), Rhinebeck’s Steven Byrum (88), Highland’s Robbie Whelan (87), Red Hook’s James Rossetti (88) and Marlboro teammates Will Conti (92) and Charles Benfer (94).
Rondout Valley will send four golfers to the section tournament (Kyle Doering, Aiden O’Connell, Jeffrey Shaver and Kyle Kolodziejski) and Asa Spurlock and Justin Lane will represent Onteora.
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