Classes may not start until next week, but the high school golf season is already in full swing.
The talent pool is deep on the local high school teams as several of the top local golfers return for the 2014 season.
The Broadalbin-Perth Patriots return three sectional-qualified golfers from last year's squad that finished in a fourth-place tie in the Foothills Council standings.
Gloversville’s Justin Putnam
Senior Brett Getman carried an average score of 41.3 last season and finished tied for second at the Class B sectional with junior teammate Alex Bond, who averaged 39.5 strokes last season. Both reached the ABCD state qualifier meet. They are joined by sophomore Noah Scott, who also was a sectional qualifier with a 45.2 average.
Six more experienced players return to the B-P roster this fall, including Sean Craig, Matt Dingman, Anthony Giuliani, Michael Piska, Nicholas Scavia and Michael Schebel.
"We've significantly improved the quality of our depth, but is it sectional-quality depth?" Broadalbin-Perth coach Eric Sengenberger said. "Bond and Getman should have outstanding seasons at the top of the lineup. Scott is a skilled sophomore with the tools to be very good. [Sean] Craig is a leader who looks to qualify for sectionals for the first time."
H.S. Golf Schedule
Thursday, August 28
Fonda-Fultonville at Cobleskill-Richmondville, 9 a.m.
Berne-Knox-Westerlo at Northville-Mayfield, 9 a.m.
Galway at Fort Plain, 9 a.m.
Schuylerville at Johnstown, 10 a.m.
Queensbury at Gloversville, 10 a.m.
South Glens Falls at Broadalbin-Perth 10 a.m.
Glens Falls at Amsterdam, 10 a.m.
Canajoharie at Schoharie
Friday, August 29
Fort Plain at Middleburgh, 9 a.m.
Johnstown at Queensbury, 10 a.m.
Gloversville at Schuylerville, 10 a.m.
Amsterdam at Hudson Falls, 10 a.m.
Northville-Mayfield at Duanesburg, 1 p.m.
Broadalbin-Perth at Glens Falls, 4 p.m.
Tuesday, September 2
Berne-Knox-Westerlo at Fort Plain, 9 a.m.
Amsterdam at South Glens Falls, 10 a.m.
Broadalbin-Perth at Schuylerville, 4 p.m.
Schoharie at Northville-Mayfield, 4 p.m.
Johnstown at Glens Falls, 4:30 p.m.
Gloversville at Hudson Falls, 4:30 p.m.
Fonda-Fultonville at Schalmont, 4:15 p.m.
Wednesday, September 3
Johnstown at Scotia-Glenville, 3:15 p.m.
Northville/Mayfield at Canajoharie, 4 p.m.
Gloversville at Broadalbin-Perth, 4:30 p.m.
Fort Plain at Duanesburg, 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, September 4
Galway at Northville-Mayfield, 4 p.m.
Scotia-Glenville at Gloversville, 4:30 p.m.
Berne-Knox-Westerlo at Canajoharie
Friday, September 5
Broadalbin-Perth at Johnstown, 4:30 p.m.
Monday, September 8
Scotia-Glenville at Broadalbin-Perth, 4:15 p.m.
Fonda-Fultonville at Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk, 4:15 p.m.
Canajoharie at Saratoga Catholic, 4:30 p.m.
Amsterdam at Johnstown, 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, September 9
Northville-Mayfield at Fort Plain, 4 p.m.
Broadalbin-Perth at Scotia-Glenville, 4:15 p.m.
Amsterdam at Gloversville, 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, September 10
Fort Plain at Saratoga Catholic, 4 p.m.
Johnstown at Broadalbin-Perth, 4:30 p.m.
Gloversville at Scotia-Glenville, 4:30 p.m.
Albany Academy at Fonda-Fultonville, 4:15 p.m.
Thursday, September 11
Duanesburg at Canajoharie, 4 p.m.
Schoharie at Fort Plain, 4 p.m.
Middleburgh at Northville-Mayfield, 4 p.m.
Waterford-Halfmoon at Fonda-Fultonville, 4:15 p.m.
Broadalbin-Perth at Gloversville, 4:30 p.m.
Friday, September 12
Northville-Mayfield at Saratoga Catholic, 4 p.m.
Fort Plain at Canajoharie, 4 p.m.
Monday, September 15
Northville-Mayfield at Berne-Knox-Westerlo, 4 p.m.
Fort Plain at Galway, 4 p.m.
Ichabod Crane at Fonda-Fultonville, 4:15 p.m.
Amsterdam at Scotia-Glenville, 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, September 16
Duanesburg at Northville-Mayfield, 4 p.m.
Middleburgh at Fort Plain, 4 p.m.
Schoharie at Canajoharie, 4 p.m.
Johnstown at Amsterdam, 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, September 17
Johnstown at Gloversville, 4:30 p.m.
Broadalbin-Perth at Amsterdam, 4 p.m.
Thursday, September 18
Northville-Mayfield at Schoharie, 4 p.m.
Fort Plain at Berne-Knox-Westerlo, 4 p.m.
Schalmont at Fonda-Fultonville, 4:15 p.m.
Broadalbin-Perth at Johnstown, 4:30 p.m.
Scotia-Glenville at Amsterdam, 4:30 p.m.
Friday, September 19
Canajoharie at Northville-Mayfield, 4 p.m.
Duanesburg at Fort Plain, 4 p.m.
Fonda-Fultonville at Colonial Council Championships
Monday, September 22
Northville-Mayfield at Galway, 4 p.m.
Canajoharie at Berne-Knox-Westerlo, 4 p.m.
Scotia-Glenville at Johnstown, 4:30 p.m.
Gloversville at Amsterdam, 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, September 23
Amsterdam at Broadalbin-Perth, 4 p.m.
Fonda-Fultonville at Voorheesville, 4:15 p.m.
Wednesday, September 24
Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk at Fonda-Fultonville, 4:15 p.m.
Gloversville at Johnstown, 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, September 25
Foothills Divisional crossovers, TBA
Northville-Mayfield, Fort Plain, Canajoharie at WAC Championships (at Canajoharie), TBA
Monday, September 29
Fonda-Fultonville at Albany Academy, 4:15 p.m.
The Johnstown Sir Bills are coming off a solid third-place finish in the Class B sectional tournament and are building around a solid core of veterans including Foothills Council all-star Chris Geleta, who will captain the Sir Bills along with Stephen Russo, and sophomores Ben Wager and Ben Russo.
"With over 20 kids coming out for the team this year, the line up will most likely see many changes," Johnstown coach Mark Ralbovsky said. "The players will contend for the other four spots. Ethan Wager is playing well, as is David Malagisi, who carded a co-medalist 43 to top South Glens Falls in the second match of the year."
The Gloversville Huskies lost state meet qualifier and sectional and Foothills Council runner-up Josh Fonda to graduation, but coach Mark LeFever is optimistic about the season.
"This is a young group with only one senior, Justin Putnam, on the roster," he said. "They are learning quickly and are competitive in our matches so far. We need to keep progressing. The kids seem comfortable with our change from playing at Pine Brook the past few seasons to Kingsboro Golf Club."
Veterans Kyle Fonda, Kyle Johnston and Dylan Sweeney join Putnam as returning players to form a competitive top four for the Huskies.
Experience will be key as the Amsterdam Rams make the move from the disbanded Big 10 Conference to the Foothills Council this fall.
The Rams posted an 8-6 overall record last season and lost no players to graduation.
James Phelps returns to lead the Rams, along with Corey Tambasco, Marc and Jon LaBahn, Kevin Ottati and Andy Madej.
"We have a veteran team, with three seniors and two juniors," Amsterdam coach Tim Jones said. "We hope to build off the success that we had last year and qualify more players for sectionals. We are excited for the season to have started and look forward to the new challenges that the Foothills may present."
Western Athletic Conference MVP Jordon Fordyce returns along with fellow first-team all-star Gavon Winn to give the Northville-Mayfield golfers a solid entry in the league.
Fordyce posted a 15-1 record in league play and was the WAC tournament and Section 2 Class C-D medalist.
Winn qualified for the C-D sectionals but did not compete due to an injury. Second-team all-star Frank Coulter, who averaged a score of 46 last season, returns along with Tom Pawlewski and Mario Quintana.
"With the combination of quality returning athletes and newcomers, this season looks to be better than last season," Northville-Mayfield coach Warren Hoffman said.
The Canajoharie Cougars also look to be in the thick of the WAC championship battle.
The Cougars return all-stars Michael Balfe, Sam Shostek and Austin Countryman to the links, along with Trevor Bowerman, Baighly Sanders, Willie Parrino and Travis Colegrove contributing to the Canajohrie scores.
"We are looking forward to a great season and hoping to get a few players to qualify for sectionals," Canajoharie coach Chris Smith said.
Michael Mancini takes over the coaching duties for the Fonda-Fultonville Braves as they battle in the Colonial Council ranks.
"We are a very young, inexperienced team," Mancini said. "We will look to improve as the season progresses."