Despite the inclement weather conditions with temperatures struggling to get out of the 30's, the Cayuga Spartan Golf Team kicked off the 2018 Spring Season with tournaments on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Predictably, scores tended to be on the higher side as golfers struggled to shake off the rust from a long winter and lack of on-course practice time prior to the season.
Cayuga hosted 52 golfers for the Friday event at Highland Park. The Spartans were led by Ryan Chalupnicki (Auburn, NY) who shot an 86 which was good enough for 14th place. Brady Slimmer (Oswego, NY) was next with a 91 (20th place) followed by Coty Abraham (Port Byron, NY) with a 94 (25th place). Dave Butler (Port Byron, NY) rounded out the scoring for Cayuga.
On Saturday, with wind chills in the 20's, Cayuga traveled to Timber Banks for the OCC Lazers Classic. The Spartans finished 10th overall and 4th among MSAC teams. Again, Chalupnicki led the way for the Spartans with an 89. Abraham shot a 92 and Bayley Raponi (Fulton, NY) grinded out a 97 despite nagging back issues.
The Spartans concluded their weekend with their lowest team score of the early season as they fired a 352 at the TC Panthers Open in Cortland NY. All Spartans golfers shot their lowest rounds of the weekend as Ryan Chalupnicki shot 82, Bayley Raponi an 86, Coty Abraham shot a 90, followed by David Butler's 94.
Next Cayuga will travel to Oneida Country Club to participate in the Mohawk Invitational on Friday, April 20th.