Jay Allen was one season shy of capping one of the best golf careers Scarsdale High School has ever seen when he was robbed of his senior season by the COVID-19 pandemic. Steven Lee was on a similar path of greatness when he lost his junior season last spring. And then there was Charlie Schu…
After two straight runner-up finishes in 2017 and 2018, the Scarsdale girls golf team now has two straight Section 1 team championships, having won in 2019 and this spring, as there was no season in 2020 due to COVID-19.
With two powerhouse players returning and a lineup full of question marks, the Scarsdale boys golf team has gone out so far this season and been nothing short of dominant. There was no rebuild, just a reload.
Following a dominant season that included league, section and state championships in 2019, it remained uncertain how the girls golf team would fare with a largely new cast beyond elite returning juniors Jackie Lu and Skye Braun.
Of the four local golf teams, the Edgemont girls find themselves most impacted by a season off for COVID-19 and largely changed roster dynamic. Coach Mitch Shapiro calls it “almost a complete rebuild” with some “promising young players.”
Despite losing out on last spring, the Edgemont boys golf team returns a core lineup of veterans, but through four matches it’s sophomore Ben Tran who has shot the team’s lowest round.
The spring of 2019 was a record-setting season for Scarsdale High School golf — both for the long-dominant boys and the newly crowned girls — and coaches Andy Verboys and Barney Foltman expected that to continue in 2020.
David Gilberg won the Section 1 boys golf title as a junior in 2005. Josh Goldenberg took the Federation title in 2014, also as a junior. The next year, as a senior, James Nicholas won the New York State championship.
With the Section 1 team title already well in hand at Fenway Golf Club, the Scarsdale Raiders had one more mission ahead of them to cap off their perfect season. David Umansky, the final golfer to come in, needed to shoot at most a 40 in order to set a school record for best 9-hole round.
Nothing makes a six-hour bus ride home better than celebrating a championship. That’s what the Scarsdale girls golf team got to do this year after achieving so many records for the program, which started in 2007.
Ten sectional qualifiers, six finalists, one state alternate and four state qualifiers — it was a record week for the Scarsdale boys golf team. And the scary part is this: “All four of them have a shot at winning it,” coach Andy Verboys said of the New York State Championships this weekend.
Girls golf made its debut at Scarsdale High School in 2007. No longer would girls play on the boys’ team. That year the Raiders were 3-7 and sent then-freshman Rachel Whitney to the New York State Championships.
“Historic” is an oft-used word when it comes to Scarsdale High School golf. To describe what the girls and boys teams have achieved this spring, we’re going to need another word, so let’s go with “unprecedented.”
Andy Fan came to Scarsdale in a curious way.
Barney (Foltman) made a new friend on Tuesday.
Jay Allen is a two-time All-State golfer for Scarsdale. Nathan Han won the Section 1 and New York State titles two years ago for Somers. The two went head-to-head Tuesday at Anglebrook, with Han edging Allen by one stroke, 32-33.
Kaitlyn Lee used to play golf for candy. Now she plays for love of the game.
For the Scarsdale boys golf team, winning the Section 1 team title is almost automatic. On Tuesday, the Raiders won for the fourth time in five years, second back to back.
There has been no doubt that Scarsdale golf has been at its best in the past five years. This year there was no exception as the Scarsdale Golf team was able to send three players to states at the Robert Trent Jones golf course in Ithaca. Jay Allen, Ben Schwartz and Steven Lee all endured th…