KENILWORTH, NJ - The Dayton foursome of (Seniors) Daniel Greiss, Adam Berkowitz, Jake Zeiman and (junior) Scott Maran successfully defended their 2016 Mountain Division Union County championship at the Galloping Hill Learning Center 9 with a score of 305, a meaningful improvement over their 347 effort in the 2016 tournament.
Daniel Greiss was the Mountain Division's Individual Champion. Daniel shot a two under par 64 (32-32) on the par 33 course, which included five birdies. The Mountain Division played the nine hole course twice. A competitor in Daniel's group was over heard to say, "That kid hit nothing but fairways and greens the entire day!"
Greiss won the tournament as a sophomore. Last season he finished tied for first (77), but lost on a review of the cards and a stated tiebreaker. This round qualified Daniel Greiss for the North 1, Group 2 Sectional Individual Tournament.
Coach Campbell relayed, "Daniel was not content with having just played 18 at Galloping Hill. Daniel used his Monday caddy privilege to go play 18 holes from the Club Tees at Baltusrol' Upper Course and shot a 77. He had a tap in birdie and complained it would have been a 73 if he could have made a putt."
Adam Berkowitz continued his torrid play of late, shooting a 70 (33-37). He made back-to- back birdies on the 8th and 9th hole (his made putt on the 9th was estimated to be 50 footer) to get his round back to even par on the day. Berkowitz medaled by being the second lowest score in the Mountain Division.
Scott Maran shot a 82 (37-45). Scott got his round into gear making a big save on the fourth hole (par 3) by sinking a 13 foot putt after having to chip on from behind the green. Scott had a stretch of play with seven consecutive pars. Scott's steady play in big matches has been a constant the last two seasons.
Senior Jacob Zeiman had his best round ever in the four years he has played in the tournament. Jake shot a 114 as a sophomore, 96 as a junior and carded an 89 (47-42) at this year’s tournament. Jacob played big for his teammates today. After having what he would term a "disappointing range warm-up", Jacob played simple and safe golf to card the best score possible.
Coach Campbell was very proud of the boys' efforts today. He said, “Golf is a mentally demanding sport. I placed the expectation upon these boys that they were supposed to win. Then to go out and do so, speaks volumes about them as competitors and athletes. I am hopefully that the boys recognize this and take on the challenge of competing to win at the North 2 Sectional Tournament to be held at Rockleigh Golf Club on May 15th.”