Falcon golfers have solid finish
Salisbury's golf team finished off one of its most successful Colonial League seasons in recent years by competing in the league championship tournament, held last Wednesday at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course.
The Falcons, which posted the first team record over .500 in nine years, saw two players finish in the top 20 at leagues.
Sophomore Kody Long shot an 83 for 15th place. Junior Luke Chassard fired an 85 and tied for 17th.
"It's my first time ever at leagues so it feels good to go out and shoot low," said Long. "It's pretty good for me. My average this year was 86 so I feel pretty happy with that."
Long plays Bethlehem Municipal frequently, but last Wednesday was his career low at the course.
"My chipping was probably my strong suit today," Long said. "That's usually my weak point. My goal was to get top 15 and I did that so I'm pretty happy.
"I didn't start real well. Then in the middle of my round I played really well. Towards the end I didn't play as well as I wish I would have."
Long's low round this season was a 79, which he shot at his team's home course, Wedgewood. He felt confident heading into leagues.
"The last few matches I've been playing pretty good so I kind of expected to be able to play well," Long said.
Chassard, who brought a team-low 79.3 average into the tournament, wasn't thinking about a score or a place.
"On the first tee I try to throw away all expectations and just trust in my game, stay faithful," Chassard said. "I'm primarily just looking to enjoy the round despite what I shoot. I'm happy that is what I achieved because I really did enjoy myself out there today."
Chassard will play in Monday's District 11 Class AA qualifying tournament at Woodstone Golf Club in Danielsville. The top 18 scores from that event will move on to the district championship, held one week later at Shawnee Golf Course.
"It should be a great experience that really develops me as a golfer and as a person," Chassard said.
Another experience Chassard enjoyed was his team's performance this season. For the first time since going 7-6 in 2003, Salisbury finished the Colonial League season with a winning record. The Falcons went 8-7 this year.
The team has been getting better in each of the last two seasons. After going 4-65 from 2006-2010, the Falcons posted a record of 5-10 in 2011 and improved on it this year with seven match wins.
"That was fantastic," said Chassard. "It was great to observe other people really enjoy the game and do well as a team and put up some good scores. I hope they stick with it and we come back just as strong next year. Those who are moving on will definitely be missed. We should have some good talent coming up."
Several other Salisbury players competed at leagues. Andy Wagner shot 90 for 28th place. Connor Forsyth carded a 91 and tied for 29th place. Brendan Reichenbach shot 99 to tie for 43rd place.
Julia Laudadio was one of just three girls competing at leagues. She took second place at 113.