Powers grabs first-round lead at Section 9 tourney

Eldred’s David Powers holds a one-shot lead over three golfers after firing a 4-over-par 74 in the first round of the Section 9 tournament at Powelton Club in Newburgh.

Powers shot a 1-under 34 on the back nine with eight pars and a birdie on the par-3, 16th hole.

Newburgh Free Academy’s Ryan Betcher, Spackenkill’s Ryan Ackert and Roosevelt’s Jeff Peters are tied for second place with a 5-over 75.

Betcher, a senior playing in his season of golf, birdied two holes (No. 12 and 14) on the back nine.

Two-time Section 9 champion and Cornwall senior Ryan Rodriguez is two shots off the lead following a 6-over 76. Kingston sophomore Jake Hommel, a two-time OCIAA champion and Valley Central junior Josh Kienz are tied for fifth with Rodriguez.

The top 21 golfers advance to Wednesday’s final round at Casperkill Golf Club in Poughkeepsie. Play is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.

Section 9 tournament

(First round, Powelton Club, Newburgh, par 70)
David Powers (Eldred) 40-34-74; Ryan Ackert (Spackenkill) 38-37-75; Ryan Betcher (Newburgh Free Academy) 38-37-75; Jeff Peters (Roosevelt) 37-38-75; Jake Hommel (Kingston) 37-39-76; Josh Kienz (Valley Central) 36-40-76; Ryan Rodriguez (Cornwall) 36-40-76; Dylan Barone (Valley Central) 40-37-77; Scott Kleeschulte (Kingston) 37-41-78; Justin Lane (Onteora) 37-41-78; Stanley Garrant (Spackenkill) 37-42-79; Erik Stauderman (Spackenkill) 36-43-79;  Matt Dickson (Washingtonville) 41-39-80; Dante Groppuso (Kingston) 37-43-80; Jason Donley (Goshen) 41-42-83; Zain Jafar (Newburgh Free Academy) 39-44-83; Sean Adams (Valley Central) 41-43-84; Chris Hughes (Monroe-Woodbury) 42-42-84; Omar Jafar (Newburgh Free Academy) 45-40-85; Travis Hornbeck (Rondout Valley) 40-46-86; Ryan Waaland (Washingtonville) 43-43-86.

Missed the cut: Wes Watts (New Paltz) 44-43-87;  Zak Steingart (Fallsburg) 42-46-88; Josh Wimer (James I. O’Neill) 42-47-89; Will Bagley (James I. O’Neill) 47-43-90; Justin Pucci (Goshen) 45-45-90; Matt Hogan (Monr0e-Woodbury) 45-46-91; Zack Plamback (Rhinebeck) 42-49-91; Jaxon Koebel Secky (New Paltz) 45-46-91; Mike Bertotti (Cornwall) 45-48-93; Hayden Prenatt (John S. Burke Catholic) 47-46-93; Matt Ryan (Tri-Valley) 49-45-94; Andrew Bagley (James I. O’Neill) 50-45-95; Robbie Whalen (Highland) 50-45-95; Nick O’Reilly (Minisink Valley) 44-52-96; Gannon Yarmus (Cornwall) 47-50-97; Jake McKean (Eldred) 52-47-99; Jeff Shaver (Rondout Valley) 53-46-99; Kyle Kolodziejski (Rondout Valley) 49-51-100;  Will Conti (Marlboro) 52-49-101; Max LaFalce (Roosevelt) 50-52-102; Charles Benfer (Marlboro) 54-49-103; Kyle Doering (Wallkill) 52-51-103; Aidan O’Connell (Rondout Valley) 50-54-104; Pat Shea (Warwick) 55-53-108; James Rossetti (Red Hook) 46-62-108; Brad Betcher (Wallkill) 53-56-109; Steve Byrum (Rhinebeck) 56-58-114; Joey Caster (Newburgh Free Academy) 63-59-122.

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