What this high school girls golf season will bring for Riverhead remains to be seen, but it’s clear that this is a team built for the future.
The youth on the team is striking. Making up the 11-player roster are one junior, two sophomores, seven freshmen and one seventh-grader.
Now that’s young. READ
The Riverhead High School girls golf team has one tough act to follow — itself.
The Blue Waves (11-1 last year) are coming off a stellar season in which they captured their first title, sharing the Suffolk County League III crown with Sachem. READ
Going back to the days when she was an eighth-grader and even after that, Alex Kozakiewicz recalls lean years for the Riverhead High School girls golf team. “I’ve seen us lose every match and then I’ve seen us lose every match except one and then every match except two,” said the junior.
Now Kozakiewicz can say she has been a part of the first Riverhead golf team — boys or girls — to win a league championship.
Debbie Lutjen has been teaching golf in her physical education classes at Shoreham-Wading River High School for 22 years. The past five years she has pushed for the school to field a girls golf team.
Lutjen’s efforts have reached fruition. This year, for the first time, a Shoreham girls team is hitting the links.
The Riverhead High School girls golf team is going places — most notably to the Section XI Championships.
For the first time in the program’s eight-year history, Riverhead qualified for the Suffolk County tournament that will be played May 16 and 17 at Middle Island Country Club.
Not all of the players who came out for the Riverhead High School girls golf team this year stuck with it. Golf looks easy when watching professionals on television.
Steve Failla thought he was in a rough spot last year when he had only one player on his Riverhead High School girls golf team with any prior playing experience, an issue that was exacerbated by inclement early-season weather that limited the team’s practice time.
“I thought it couldn’t get worse,” he said. “I was wrong.” (more…)
So, how is the future looking for the Riverhead High School girls golf team?
Well, for the first time since he took over as coach, Steve Failla had to cut players during tryouts for the team. That’s how good it’s looking. (more…)