SPRINGFIELD, NJ – The Jonathan Dayton golf team bounced back Monday besting two other teams at the difficult back nine of Baltusrol’s Upper Course. Course conditions were made more difficult because "...the third cut of the rough has grown very thick and punishes the unlucky players finding their way there", according to Coach Dave Campbell. The Bulldogs scored 175 while Roselle High School scored 253 and Plainfield High School scored 276. It was the first time a Dayton team played the back nine.
The wins put the Bulldogs record at 10-2 for the season counting the two wins recorded in two three team matches. In head to head competition, the Bulldogs are 6-2. These wins push them closer to crossing the winning 60% of their matches by May 5 threshold. Crossing that threshold means the Bulldogs would qualify for the NJSIAA Boys Sectional Golf Championship.
Senior Daniel Greiss led the Bulldogs with a personal best round of one over par 37 that started with two birdies in the first four holes. Coach Campbell said, "Daniel is starting to really fire on all cylinders. With the conference tournament next week this is the optimum time for Daniel to play his best rounds."
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The one over par score means Greiss needs two more scores to qualify for the North 1, Group 2 Sectional Tournament on his own accord. If he does, it would be his third year in a row. To qualify a player needs five scores of four strokes within par by May 5.
Senior Adam Berkowitz shot a six over par 42. Senior Jake Zeiman had what Coach Campbell called "...his best ever round at Baltusrol, shooting a 45." The performance was even better considering "...the difficult conditions." Senior Alex Sirotkin shot a 51 and according to Coach Campbell "...continues to be the pleasant surprise newcomer of the Dayton team.".
Sophomore Sarah Rodrick shot a 58, senior Lee Roth shot a 59 and senior Connor Mahoney shot a 64..
On Tuesday, Dayton plays Madison High School at Ashbrook Golf Club and on Wednesday they play Hillside at Galloping Hill. The Union County Golf Tournament is Monday at Galloping Hill.