"Ward Melville" will finally be etched on the Long Island Cup.
Jack Faraci shot a 79 and Gerry Mackedon shot 82 to lead the Patriots over Friends Academy, 6-3, in the Long Island boys golf championship yesterday at Bethpage Black.
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The two teams split the six head-to-head matches, with the Patriots earning the final three points via a better team score (429 to 434).
The win allowed the Patriots, who had won 68 consecutive league matches, to finally take home the Cup, which has been awarded every season since 1985.
"It's a feeling of completion," said Faraci, who shot 3-over on the front nine with consecutive birdies on the par-5 seventh hole and par-3 eighth hole. Faraci finished the day 8-over, tying with Friends Academy's Chris White for the day's best round.
"After coming up short three years ago, this is awesome," Mackedon said, referring to Ward Melville's loss to Cold Spring Harbor in its previous trip to the Long Island Championship in 2012.
The junior added that the win was the perfect send off for Faraci, his senior teammate and partner in one of the island's toughest one-two punches. "For him to go out like this, it's great for him and the team."
In addition to having to compete against Friends Academy, who boasted a one-two of punch of its own in White and Cole Vissicchio (87), the Patriots had to contend with the challenging Black course.
"I love this golf course. I love tricky courses and this one's fun to play. Watching the pros play here, it's even cooler," Mackedon said.
"It's one of the hardest courses out here, with the wind, the length and some of the greens are very tricky," Faraci added. "It's nice knowing I was able to step up and help the team."
"They've worked so hard and scrapped out every hole," Patriots coach Bob Spira said. "I'm incredibly proud of these guys."