Like a tricky green, Anthony Caputo can be hard to read.
The Riverhead High School golfer is not known for wearing his emotions on his sleeve, but one has to imagine the sophomore’s heart was pounding with glee over his performance in the Section XI Championships last week at Rocky Hill Golf & Country Club in Manorville. 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
Figuring that one stick couldn’t be all that much more different than another, Steve Failla altered his recruiting strategy. In the past, the Riverhead High School boys golf coach had modest success recruiting baseball players. These days, though, he is finding his golfers from the lacrosse field, of all places. 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.
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.
Riverhead senior Cody Weiss will play golf at SUNY/Oswego. He was joined for a ceremony by his mother Doreen and athletic director Bill Groth (standing, left), golf coach Steve Failla and high school principal Charles Regan. (Credit: Riverhead School District)
As an athlete, Cody Weiss may be best known as a wrestler who became a recent member of the Century Club at Riverhead High School, surpassing 100 career victories. Or perhaps baseball, where he’s a catcher who just helped lead the Blue Waves to a spot in the 2015 playoffs.
It’ll be another sport, however, that Weiss pursues in college: golf.
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…)