Gullo Qualifies For States
Red Raiders Senior Shoots 118 Over 27 Holes On Grand Island
GRAND ISLAND — For Anthony Gullo, it was mission accomplished Monday at River Oaks Golf Club.
The Jamestown High School senior placed ninth at the Section VI state qualifier, earning him a berth in the state championships June 3-4 at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course at Cornell University.
“He’s been waiting for this tournament for an entire year,” Red Raiders coach Joe Salvaggio said. “He felt like he missed an opportunity a year ago and we’ve talked a lot in the offseason about what he needs to do in order to meet this goal of making it on the state team. We came up with a game plan (Sunday night).”
And, despite a few hiccups along the way, Gullo delivered, shooting 37-42-79 to make the 18-hole cut and then fashioning a 39 on the “third nine” for a 27-hole total of 118 to punch his ticket to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association tournament next month.
“His demeanor and his focus this weekend was like none I’ve seen before,” Salvaggio said. “I’m just really, really excited that he met his goal, and I’m excited to see what he does at states, because, right now, he’s striking the ball as well as anyone in the area.”
Gullo got off to a great start yesterday and was 2-under par through five holes and led the championship at the turn with a 37, but he shot 6-over on the back nine, losing five of those shots on just two holes.
“To think he shot 7-over for the entire first 18 and five of those (lost shots) were on two holes speaks to how consistent his game was for the whole day,” Salvaggio said.
On the third nine — the top 20 players plus ties replayed the River Oaks back nine — Gullo shot a 39.
“His bonus nine was probably his best ball-striking nine of the season and maybe his worst putting display,” Salvaggio said.
Ben Spitz of Orchard Park was medalist with a 77-36-113. Other state qualifiers were Tyler Edholm of Sweet Home, 77-38-115; Anthony Delisanti of Niagara Wheatfield, 77-38-115; Aidan Shaw of Orchard Park, 81-36-117; Mitch Jeffe of East Aurora/Holland, 79-38-117; Zac Boyes of Kenmore West, 78-39-117; Andrew LaCongo of East Aurora/Holland, 78-39-117; and Matt Jeffe, East Aurora/Holland, 82-36-118.
Jacob Goodenow of Cattaraugus/Little Valley (79-80-119), Kole Maytum of Chautauqua Lake/Westfield/Sherman (79-40-119) and Titus Miller of Cassadaga Valley (81-43-124) made the 18-hole cut, but did not qualify for the states.
Following are the results of area players who did not make the 18-hole cut: Max Vaughn, Southwestern, 85; Ben Lockwood, Maple Grove, 87; Brock Ricketts, Forestville 87; Daniel Taapken, Cattaraugus-Little Valley, 89; Connor Daniels, Silver Creek 93; Branson Morrison, Randolph, 93; Brandon Milanowski, Salamanca, 94; Derrick Martin, Chautauqua Lake/Westfield/Sehrman, 95; Phil Narraway, Forestville, 95; Justin Wiemer, Chautauqua Lake/Westfield/Sherman, 95; Caden Salvaggio, Jamestown, 97; Drake Bell, Southwestern 101; Darien Swanson, Chautauqua Lake/Westfield/Sherman, 101; Chance Meeder, Chautauqua Lake/Westfifeld/Sherman, 102; Braden Siebert, Salamanca, 103; Jarrett Pond, Salamanca 106; David Allen, Falconer, 108; Keegan Belleisle, Olean, 114; and Michael Davis, Allegany-Limestone, 117.
In the team championships, the Chautauqua Lake/Westfield/Sherman squad of Maytum, Martin, Wiemer and Swanson shot a 370 for third place. Orchard Park was first with a 327, followed by Niagara Wheatfield with a 341. Medina was fourth with a 399.