Kienz takes first-round lead at Section 9 tourney

Valley Central senior Josh Kienz fired his first under-par round in tournament play to grab the first-round lead at the Section 9 tournament.

Kienz made seven, yes seven, birdies including three in a row on holes 11, 12 and 13 to card a 1-under-par 69.

Burke Catholic coach Rich Welch, who was assigned to Kienz’s group, said it was the best high school golf round he’s ever seen.

Kienz leads Onteora senior Justin Lane by three strokes and defending champion Jeff Peters of Roosevelt by four strokes heading into the second and final round at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Casperkill Golf Club in Poughkeepsie.

Twenty-two golfers advance to Wednesday. The cutline was 85. Kienz will look to end a 17-year drought by Valley Central at the section tournament. Matt DeMaro was the school’s last section champion in 2000. Kienz will be joined by three teammates – Dylan Barone (74), Sean Adams (80) and Noah Conklin (85) – in the second round.

Kingston junior and OCIAA champion Scott Kleeschulte shot a 5-over 75 and is in fifth place.

Section 9 tournament

(First round, Powelton Club, Newburgh, par 70)
Josh Kienz (Valley Central) 36-33-69; Justin Lane (Onteora) 36-36-72; Jeff Peters (Roosevelt) 35-38-73; Dylan Barone (Valley Central) 35-39-74; Scott Kleeschulte (Kingston) 39-36-75; Jake Hommel (Kingston) 36-40-76; Tyler Schaad (Millbrook) 37-39-76; Ryan Waaland (Washingtonville) 39-37-76; Erik Stauderman (Spackenkill) 38-38-76; Matt Dickson (Washingtonville) 38-39-77; Austin Lunstedt (Red Hook) 40-37-77; Dan Goetze (Cornwall) 36-42-78; Zain Jafar (Newburgh Free Academy) 39-40-79; Sean Adams (Valley Central) 43-37-80; Omar Jafar (Newburgh Free Academy) 42-38-80; Donte Groppuso (Kingston) 44-37-81; Travis Hornbeck (Rondout Valley) 42-40-82; Kyle Doering (Wallkill) 41-42-83; Justen Betcher (Newburgh Free Academy) 44-40-84; Ryan Ackert (Spackenkill) 43-42-85; Noah Conklin (Valley Central) 43-42-85; Justin Pucci (Goshen) 43-42-85.

Missed cut: Ori Grady (Onteora) 39-48-87; Jeff Shaver (Rondout Valley) 41-46-87; Cullen Conklin (Valley Central) 48-40-88; Ahmatik Jones (Webutuck) 45-43-88; Nick Sadowski (Monticello) 45-43-88; Zach Cioffi (Spackenkill) 49-40-89; Keith Delahanty (Warwick) 46-44-90; Brendan Kennedy (Middletown) 44-46-90; Brandon Fuentes (Goshen) 42-49-91; Pat Kyle (Millbrook) 43-49-92; Brent Van Aken (Tri-Valley) 50-42-92; Nick Puleo (New Paltz) 51-42-93; Zack Foley (Goshen) 46-48-94; Charles Benfer (Marlboro) 47-48-95; Andrew Bagley (James I. O’Neill) 48-48-96; Mike Bertotti (Cornwall) 49-47-96; Seth DeWitt (Pine Bush) 47-49-96; Will Conti (Marlboro) 48-50-98; Ryan Donahue (Monroe-Woodbury) 47-51-98; Ryan Grodin (Monticello) 49-49-98; Kyle Hilliard (Kingston) 45-53; 98; Matt Ryan (Tri-Valley) 48-51-99; Kieran Defino (Saugerties) 47-53-100; Gannon Yarmus (Cornwall) 52-48-100; Ryan Lo (Spackenkill) 54-51-105; Max Lafalce (Roosevelt) 53-53-106; Branch Canfield (Rondout Valley) 55-56-111.


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