High numbers are usually bad in golf, but the Windsor golf program will take this one. It is sending a school-record four golfers to the Section IV Individual Medalist Tournament on May 17 at Cornell University.
Seniors Tim Buchek, Dylan Beckstead and Zach Carlson, and sophomore Andrew Saar will vie for a spot in the State Championship Tournament. Roughly 55-70 players from Section IV will compete on May 17, with the top 20 moving on to a second round of golf on Saturday, May 19. The nine golfers with the best combined scores from the two rounds will move on to the State Championship Tournament, also at Cornell.
“Quite frankly, there’s a formula for making it, but it’s difficult,” said Windsor golf coach Bruce Bedford. “The competition isn’t so much against other golfers as it is against yourself and the course. A couple of rounds in the low 80s will get you to States. On any given day, these guys can do that.”
This is Buchek’s fifth time making the Section IV Tournament. His best showing came his freshman year when he advanced past both rounds to make the State Tournament. Last year, he failed to advance past the first round of the Section IV Tournament. As was the case last year, Buchek’s focus this spring has been baseball, a sport he will play at Central Connecticut State University next year.
“I’m hoping to do OK. It’s been all baseball up to now. This will be my fourth time on the course. I’ll try not to shoot a high number,” said Buchek.
Beckstead has made the Section IV Tournament for the second straight year. He advanced to round two of the event last year.
“Getting to the next level is kind of what I’m shooting for. I thought I did a pretty good job getting out there with people not really knowing who I was. Now, I’d like to take it a step further,” said Beckstead.
Carlson and Saar are two newcomers to the Section IV Tournament.
“I expect it to be tough but we’ve all put in the work. Hopefully that work pays off,” said Carlson.
“My goal is to make it to day two. I’d like to do that this year and make it further (next year),” said Saar.
To qualify for the Section IV Tournament the four golfers had to average under 5.5 strokes over par during the fall season, a campaign that proved to be successful for the Black Knights. The team went 11-1 during the regular season and won its fourth Section IV Class B Golf Championship in the last nine years, and the first since 2014.
If these four golfers find enough low numbers starting Thursday, they may advance to the New York State Boys Golf Championships, also at Cornell, starting June 2.