MECHANICVILLE — On Thursday, October 13, the Class A Section II Boys Varsity Golf Championships were held at Fairways of Halfmoon Golf Course. On a day where the conditions were tough, and scoring was at a premium, the Saratoga Blue Streaks found a way to claim a section title.
All year, the Blue Streaks played well. The team only dropped one match, their first match of the season, to Shaker 238 to 236, and that was without their #1 player, Kellen Dean. On Thursday, it was more of the same for Saratoga; four Blue Streaks broke 80. Leading the way was sophomore Carter Sica who logged a 2-under-par 70 to earn medalist honors for the tournament. Behind him was Kellen Dean (74), Charlie Greiner (76) and Henry Parobeck (79) to wrap up Saratoga’s scores. As a team, that’s an 11 over 299, which made for a comfortable victory. In second was Guilderland (319), in third was Niskayuna (335), and fourth was Shaker (337). Ballston Spa (340), Shenendehowa (342), CBA (348) and Albany Academy (352) rounded out the field. “We have a great team-dynamic,” said Blue Streaks head coach Jake Zanetti. “All of the boys are so capable of shooting low scores that they are always competing against one another; whether they’re chipping or putting, playing a round, or playing fantasy football, they all want to win!”
After Thursday’s team event, the top 24 players were able to participate in the weekend’s Class ABCD Playoffs back at Fairways of Halfmoon and the winning ways continued for Saratoga. The playoffs were two rounds of qualifying for next spring’s NYSPHSAA Championship, played in June at Mark Twain Golf Course in Elmira. Saratoga qualified 4 golfers for 9 available spots. “I’m not sure if that many qualifiers from one team has ever happened before,” said Saratoga’s Zanetti. “Our NYSPHSAA Championship qualifiers are Henry Parobeck, Carter Sica, Charlie Greiner and Kellen Dean. We are very excited to be bringing a foursome to states. This was such a fun trip last year with other great Section II players and coaches, and to bring almost half the state team from one school is going to be a blast for practice rounds in preparation, hotels and meals out. The whole experience will be great,” Zanetti told Saratoga TODAY.
For Zanetti, a wrestling coach but also an avid golfer, he humbly attributes much of the team’s success to the golf scene in Saratoga, whether it’d be the local pros in the town that many of the boys work with or the Blue Streaks golfing alumni that often connect with the team in the off-season. With only one senior on the squad, Saratoga’s success on the green may continue for some years to come. “We're excited for spring and for next season and continuing to grow the program. Taking over this team has been a pleasure and a privilege that I don't take for granted,” said Zanetti.