Henry Brooks became the first-ever Pierson golfer this week to compete in the New York State Public High School Golf Championships, doing so in difficult conditions at Cornell University on Sunday and Monday.
Brooks, a junior and one of nine players representing Suffolk County in the tournament, shot an 83 on Sunday and an 86 on Monday to finish with a total score of 169 on the par 71 Robert Trent Jones Golf Course.
“The course was hard, and conditions were terrible,” Brooks said about the rain and wind.
Nathan Han of Somers from Section I claimed the individual state title by following up his par 71 on Sunday with a 1-under score of 70 on Monday. Shane Devincenzo, a senior from Port Jefferson, posted the best score among golfers from Suffolk County with a two-day total of 148.
By Tuesday, Brooks had shifted his focus back to baseball and preparing along with his Pierson teammates for this Saturday’s Class C state regional final, which will be played against either Pine Plains, from Section IX, or a team from Section I. If it’s a team from Section I, the game will be played at Pace University in Pleasantville at 11 a.m. If it’s Pine Plains, it will be at Cantine Veterans Memorial Complex in Saugerties at 4 p.m.