SPRINGFIELD, NJ — This preview is part of a series that was slated to run and highlight members of the Spring sports teams at Jonathan Dayton High School. Without sports of any kind in the picture this spring, TAPinto Springfield will still be running the previews as a way to highlight the key performers who had their upcoming seasons stolen by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jonathan Dayton’s golf team entered the 2020 spring season as the defending Mountain Division Champions.  With eight of the nine top golfers returning this season, the expectation was to win the conference title again.  The goals were set even higher with the hope to compete for the North 2 Group 1 sectional title.

In early March we were able to get in two practice rounds before the season was suspended.  It was apparent to me that the kids were ready and were already competitively sharp.

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Juniors Aiden Forys and Brett Netkin (#1 and #2 ranked) were poised to have an outstanding season.  Senior Matt Zeiman was ranked third.

The ability of Forys and Netkin to shoot low scores were  going to make us competitive with most teams in the county and beyond,” opined Campbell.  We were scheduled to play some in-season tournaments to give them an opportunity to play high level competitive tournament golf.”

“I hope we are able to come back this season,” commented Campbell, especially for Matt.  Matt loves golf and appreciates the great courses that we get to play.  But more important than that, is how cerebral a golfer he is.  I was looking forward to pairing him with some of the younger golfers so he could help develop them.  I know he would have been an outstanding captain. On top of that he has days where his play is lights out”

Sophomores Noam Brooks and Jack Resnick early on showed that they would need to be taken seriously as contenders for the 4th and 5th spot.  Juniors Jeremy Griess and Jordan Berkowitz, the previous year’s 4th and 5th ,would have needed great practice round scores to keep their position.

On top of that,  junior Ryan Disko carded his best score ever in a practice round before golf courses were shut down in Union County. 

Newcomer Junior Ryan Sickinger was going to be a wildcard this season.  As he got used to play competitively his scores certainly would have gotten better.

“The kids are chipping and swinging at home, remarked Campbell.  I haven’t heard of anyone breaking any windows so that tells me we are trying to keep our swings in tip top shape!”

Rounding out the 2020 roster are freshman Joshua Cunha, Natalie Dash, Alex Fernandez, Jack Tornatore, Ashvin Bhagchandri and Jorge Rivera.