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Newsday's All-Long Island boys golf team 2021

Thomas Finn of Locust Valley swings through his

Thomas Finn of Locust Valley swings through his drive during the Nassau boys golf championship at Bethpage State Park Red on May 27. Credit: Dawn McCormick

Newsday Player of the Year: Thomas Finn, Locust Valley, Jr.

The junior shot a 6-over 76 in the second round of the Nassau individual championship on Bethpage Red, following a 1-under 71 on Bethpage Blue a day earlier to win the county title.

"As I entered the final few holes of the tournament, I just tried to keep a solid round going for my team and also for the individual title," Finn said. "I did not really know where I was in the standings going into the last few holes, but I knew if I kept making pars I would have a good chance."

Finn went 1-over for the final three holes and made a bogey putt on the 18th to secure the victory with a 147 total. He also helped lead Locust Valley to the Nassau team championship. The Falcons totaled 794 over the two-day tournament.

"It was disappointing knowing that I was playing some great golf and didn’t have the opportunity to play and have a chance at winning states," Finn said. "But at least I had the opportunity to compete for the county title, and it was an awesome experience."

James Bradley, East Hampton, Fr.

The freshman won the Suffolk individual championship by shooting a 12-over 156 during the two-day, 36-hole tournament at Smithtown Landing. He sank a 40-foot birdie putt on the par-4 13th hole on the second day of the championship and shot an 81 in the final round.

Jack Breutsch, Center Moriches, So.

He shot a 15-over 159 to finish second at the Suffolk individual championship. Breutsch shot a 77 on Day 1 and and an 82 on Day 2.

Individual champion James Bradley of East Hampton watches
Chaminade's Matt Durnan tees off during the CHSAA

James Bradley of East Hampton and Matt Durnan of Chaminade.

Matt Durnan, Chaminade, Sr.

The senior was named the CHSAA Player of the Year and led the league with a 1.50 scoring average to par during the regular season. He won the league championship in 2019 and shot a 79 at this year’s championship to finish tied for fifth.

Andrew McGoldrick, St. Anthony’s, Jr.

The junior captured the CHSAA individual title by defeating his teammate Dean Muratore in a one-hole playoff at Eisenhower Red after trailing by four strokes on the front nine. McGoldrick shot a 1-over 73 in regulation.

Dean Muratore, St. Anthony’s, Fr.

He shot a 1-over 73 during the CHSAA tournament and placed second. Muratore made four birdies on the front nine at Eisenhower Red to shoot a 32.

Sean Shallat, Friends Academy, Fr.

The freshman placed second at the Nassau individual championship at Bethpage with a two-day total of 148. He shot a 5-over 77 during the first round on Bethpage Blue and carded a 1-under 71 on Day 2 on Bethpage Red.

Saint Anthony's Andrew Mcgoldrick tees off during the
Zachary Shallat of Friends Academy tees off during

Andrew McGoldrick of St. Anthony's and Zachary Shallat of Friends Academy

Zachary Shallat, Friends Academy, Jr.

He shot a 149 to finish third at the Nassau individual championship. He carded a 4-over 76 in round one on Bethpage Blue and a 1-over 73 in round two at Bethpage Red to help Friends Academy earn a second-place finish with a 798 total in the team championship.

Newsday Coach of the Year: Chris Koepplin, St. Anthony’s

He coached the Friars to their first team championship since 2012. St. Anthony’s ended Chaminade’s run of seven consecutive titles by outscoring them, 383-396, during the CHSAA final at Eisenhower Red.

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