WACCABUC, N.Y.— Pressure mounts with every shot on the golf course, but it didn’t seem to bother Somers sophomore Nathan Han at all with the Section 1 championship on the line.
Han entered the second day of the tournament a stroke back from the lead after shooting a 73 in the first round at Waccabuc Country Club on Monday, May 22.
That set the stage for the final round on Wednesday, May 24, at Fenway Golf Club in Scarsdale, and the day belonged to Han.
He dominated, shooting a 69 for the best round of the day, four shots better than the next closest competitor, for a two-day total of 142 to win the Section 1 title by six strokes.
“He’s a gamer, he just had a great day,” Somers coach Leigh Fiorito said of Han. “He has really come into his own as a tournament player. Wednesday he won the whole thing as a sophomore, and his mental toughness and concentration was enviable.”
While his performance on the second day was amazing as he pulled away from the field, Fiorito was also impressed with his performance Monday in the first round. Han was one of the top contenders among the 64 players who qualified to compete in the Section 1 championships, but Fiorito was concerned because Han was scheduled to compete in a three-day tournament in Virginia over the weekend and he didn’t get home until about two in the morning the night before the Section 1 tournament.
No problem, even in the rain on Monday at Waccabuc, as Han shot a 73, one stroke behind leader Daniel Berkson of Scarsdale. Han did what he had to do to advance to the second day as the field was cut in half for the finals on Wednesday.
And at Fenway, Han showed everyone just how tough he can be as he surged to the lead and pulled away for the title with his impressive round of 69. Only three other golfers were able to finish a round under 80 on the course at Fenway. Jay Allen of Scarsdale shot a 73 to finish with a two-day total of 148, six strokes behind Han in second place. Brian Aslanian of Harrison was third with a score of 150, and Matt Ferrari of Croton-Harmon was fourth at 154.
After claiming his Section 1 title, Han can now focus on the New York State championships. Last year Han finished tied for second at the state tournament as a freshman, and this year he will be among the top contenders trying to take home the crown.
The state championships were set to take place on June 4-5 at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course at Cornell University.