Sayville boys golf showed its team strength in a number of ways yesterday, displaying its depth while also making a statement that went beyond sports.
The Golden Flashes defeated Syosset, 6.5-2.5, at Bethpage Black to win the team's first Long Island team championship since 2008, while all Sayville players wore pink shirts as a sign of support for teammate Patrick Smith, whose mother is recovering from breast cancer.
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"As a team, we just played amazing," said Kyle Burke, who shot a team-best nine-over 80. Burke, a six-year varsity player and two-time all-state performer, shot a 1-over 37 on the front nine and halved his match against Syosset's Willis Huynh.
Syosset senior Matt Csillag shot a match-best 78 to pick up the day's first victory before teammate Matt Feit won to make it 2.5-1.5 Braves.
This left Sayville's chances up to Smith and eighth-grader Sean Haselton, its number five and six players. Both won to clinch the match for Sayville, which also won the final three points with a superior team score (422-430).
"A lot of hard work paid off today," said Smith, who added the team wearing pink "was really special. I had a ton of support throughout the season . I couldn't have done it without them."
"We had to grind out every shot and focus on the task at hand," added Sean Haselton.
His brother Brendan Haselton, a sophomore who picked up Sayville's first victory, said "we all put in a good effort today." Fellow sophomore Michael Nadeau praised his team's ability to keep the ball on the fairway. Burke, Haselton and Nadeau said this was essential, given the course's difficulty.
Ryan O'Mara, who joined Nadeau in qualifying for states last week, said "it was a blast to bring the momentum and help us get a win."