If the early-season scores are any indication, the local high schools are going to be well represented when it comes time for sectionals and the state qualifier.
Gloversville's Josh Fonda, Broadalbin-Perth's Alex Bond and Brett Getman, Northville-Mayfield's Jordon Fordyce and Johnstown's Richie Lee and Chris Geleta all turned in strong performances at the 2012 championship tournaments and have already carded some of the lowest scores this year in Section II competition.
The Johnstown Sir Bills placed fourth in the Class B tournament and are looking to improve on that finish.
Northville-Mayfield's Jordon Fordyce
Lee and Geleta, both juniors, along with senior Alec Hornidge anchor the Sir Bills this season.
"With two juniors to lead the team, this year's varsity is filled with optimism and hope," coach Mark Ralbovsky said. "Chris Geleta is the steadiest of the team's leaders and Richie Lee has the ability to score low on any given day. Alec Hornidge has posted qualifying scores the past three year, while the rest of the contingent tries to nail down sports to play in the team's matches."
Fonda finished second in the Class B tournament with a round of 74, two-strokes behind champion Alex Gibson of Glens Falls.
Fonda has spent the summer traveling to several tournaments and placing high or winning.
Coach Mark LeFever is looking to Fonda, the lone senior on the Huskies squad, to provide leadership for a young team.
"Josh is one of the best players in Section II," LeFever said. "We look forward to Josh leading our young players and guiding us to a competitive season."
The Broadalbin-Perth Patriots return two of the three players they had qualify for the ABCD state qualifier.
Sophomore Alex Bond and junior Brett Getman anchor a young but talented B-P squad this year.
"We will field a very young team, but the top of the lineup is talented, with Bond and Getman coming off strong 2012 seasons," Broadalbin-Perth coach Eric Sengenberger said. "How quickly Noah Scott, Sean Craig, Brent Bochenek and Michael Schebel develop will determine our league and sectional success."
Bond finished tied for ninth at the Class B tournament with a round of 83, while Getman posted an 88.
In the Western Athletic Conference, the combined Northville-Mayfield squad is off to a strong start this season with three straight victories, while an improved Fort Plain Hilltoppers squad has a win and is pressuring perennial league powerhouses. The Canajoharie Cougars also are expected to make their presence known.
Jordon Fordyce, Gavon Winn and Frank Coulter have emerged as the leaders on the Mayfield-Northville squad during the early season matches.
Fordyce, who advanced to the ABCD state qualifier after finishing third at the Class C-D sectionals, is averaging just over two strokes over par in his early matches.
"Our top three golfers are performing well so far this season," Mayfield-Northville coach Warren Hoffman said. "Jordon is scoring an average of two over par, while Gavon and Frank are consistently in the low to mid-40s. David Servello is stepping in as a key player in the fourth position."
The numbers continue to increase on the Fort Plain roster, and the effort is showing on the links.
Fort Plain returns five players from a squad that went 4-14 against WAC competition, with seniors Christ Arndt, David Wilday and Kyler Duff leading the way along with junior Isiah Empie and freshman Austin Cotton.
"We are a very young team with high hopes for improvement during the season," coach Sarah Maiello said. "The golfers are working hard in practices and hopefully they will jell together as the season goes on."
The Cougars opened their season with a loss to Saratoga Catholic at Canajoharie Country Club on?Aug. 21. Buck?Anderson, Michael Balfe, Sam?Shostek, Austin?Countryman, Aristotle Boslet, Soren Hudyncia and Will Parrino all will be key contributors for Canajoharie this season.
The Fonda-Fultonville Braves are dominated by seniors in their lineup as they battle in a solid Colonial Council.
Luke Calkins, Tony Angioli, Jack Mulyca and Justin Galusha return for their senior seasons along with newcomer Dom Mancini. They are joined by freshmen Alec Mahon and Garrett Kowalczyk and eighth-grader Adam DeSorbo.
Tim Jones takes over the coaching duties for the Amsterdam Rams as they battle for the Big 10 title.
The Rams have plenty of experience and no seniors on a squad that features eight returning players and one newcomer.
"We do not have a senior in this group," Jones said. "So we are looking to get better and learn from every match. The season goes pretty quick, so we will just have to keep working and practicing when we can. These guys have made it an easy transition for me."