There is a deep and thriving rivalry in League VIII boys golf, with four teams—Pierson, Westhampton Beach, Southampton, and East Hampton—battling for supremacy on some of the nicest golf clubs in the area every fall. That four-way rivalry will continue this year, as all four teams return the bulk of their players from last year and should give each other a tough battle every week.
The Whalers will be feisty again this year, after losing just one starter, number 2/3 Cooper Schiavoni, to graduation. Senior Henry Brooks is back, after qualifying for states last year. He was the first Pierson golfer to ever achieve that feat. Junior Tucker Schiavoni, and sophomores Reed Kelsey and Brendan Burke are strong returning players, while newcomers Harry Ambrose and Nathan Dee, both eighth-graders, sophomore Vincent Cavaniola, and freshman Gavin Gilbride will all try to work their way into the regular starting lineup.
Pierson went 5-5 last year in League VIII, and head coach Clint Schulman hopes his team can make a bigger leap this season.
“We’re young, but I think we’ll be really competitive,” he said. “We have to really win our home matches against those three top teams to have a good chance to challenge for the league title, which we didn’t do last year.”