Brooks Qualifies For State Golf Tournament

Pierson junior Henry Brooks at Rock Hill on Thursday after finishing in the top nine to qualify for the New York State Championships next June.

Pierson junior Henry Brooks will be the first golfer in school history to play in the New York State Golf Championships next June at Cornell University. Brooks will represent Suffolk County along with eight other golfers who finished atop the leaderboard this week at Rock Hill Golf Club in Manorville, the site of the Suffolk County Championships.

Brooks shot an 82 on Tuesday in the first round of the county tournament but came out slow in the second round on Wednesday with an 11-over par score of 46 on the front nine. “It was probably the worst I’ve seen him play, especially on the first three holes,” Pierson coach Clint Schulman said on Thursday.

Brooks had a triple bogey on the seventh hole while his emotions started to get the best of him. He bogeyed the next three holes, at which point Schulman decided to give his top golfer some breathing room and moved to another side of the course.

“You could see his emotions, he was visibly upset,” Schulman said. “I told him to try to have fun for the rest of the round.”

Brooks parred the 11th hole, and birdied two of the next three. He finished with a score of 36 on the back nine to match his score of 82 from the day before, and then waited out the remaining competitors to see if he would crack the top nine who would play in the state tournament.

As it turned out, Brooks’ two-day score of 164 tied him with Commack’s Brad Castaldy, so the two entered a playoff on the tenth hole. Brooks walked away with a par, while Castaldy three-putted for a bogey.

Port Jefferson senior Shane DiVencenzo shot a two-day total of 143 to win the individual county title for the second consecutive season, while East Hampton’s Turner Foster finished second with a two-day score of 150. The complete list of golfers to qualify for the state tournament was not immediately available.