Gullo Leads Jayhawks
CHAUTAUQUA — Anthony Gullo found himself 2-over par after three holes on the Lake Course at Chautauqua Golf Club on Wednesday.
Not an ideal way to start the second round of the NJCAA Division III Golf Championships, for sure.
But then the Jamestown Community College sophomore reminded himself of a comment he once heard Tiger Woods make.
“He said, ‘Hit a shot, take 10 steps and then forget about it,'” Gullo recalled.
The advice paid huge dividends.
Gullo (Jamestown/Jamestown) ended up firing an even-par 72 — eight shots better than his opening round — to lead the Jayhawks to a second consecutive strong performance to remain in third place in the team standings.
“Honestly, I just got the driver working a little better today,” said Gullo, who is tied for 14th, “and the difference was just a few more putts were falling.”
Meanwhile, Traden Gray (Frewsburg/Frewsburg) turned in a 75 for the second straight day and is tied for eighth; Brady Fye (Lakewood/Southwestern) recorded a 77 to equal his performance in the first round and is tied for 19th; Austyn Cummings (Warren, Pennsylvania/Warren Area) registered an 87; and Athanasios Bakas’ 90 was tossed out.
Armed with a seven-stroke improvement from Tuesday, Jamestown CC’s 311 puts it at 629 for the tournament, six shots in front of fourth-place Butler CC and nine strokes ahead of fifth-place DuPage CC. Sandhills CC is the leader at 576, followed by Georgia Military College at 594.
“We’re cautiously optimistic,” Jayhawks coach George Sisson said Wednesday evening. “Golf is a game where you pay for your frustration and you pay for your elation. For us, it’s about tomorrow, coming out and matching the consistency. That’s what you have to do to last 72 holes.”
The day didn’t start particularly well for Gullo, who found himself 2-over after three holes, but he rebounded with five pars and a birdie on the front nine and had two birdies and six pars on the back.
“He’s old school,” Sisson said of Gullo. ” … He’s funny, but there’s a lot of competitive juice inside of him. He’s taken tidbits of wisdom from his grandpa, who taught him to play, his coaches and Mike Kaye (the former Moon Brook CC pro). He absorbs it.”
Gray also shook off a double bogey on No. 1 to finish the front nine with four pars and a birdie. On the back, he had six pars and a birdie.
“He recovered from the (double bogey) and grinded out some situations today,” Sisson said.
Finally, Fye continued his steady play, fashioning a round that included four birdies.
“We’re very happy where we’re at, but also understand it’s only halftime,” Sisson said. “We have to finish the second half of this thing. We want to stay consistent, and I still think we have some ability on the back half of our team to perform even better to push us up there where we want to be.”
Individually, Nick Johnson (Georgia Military College) and Alex Martin (Sandhills CC) are tied for first with a two-day total of 141; and Ben Read (Sandhills CC), Sean Barrett (Niagara County CC) and Noah Maness (Sandhills CC) round out the top five with 142, 145 and 147 respectively.
For the women, Oxford College of Emory University leads the way at 774, followed by RCSJ-Golucester (827)
Individually, Sandhills CC holds the top three spots — Trinity Ahing at 147, Ava Ray at 155 and Scotty Foley at 156. Ellia Soydara of Minnesota Community & Technical College and Rayne Yelinko of County College of Morris are at 161 and 167 respectively.
NOTES: Jamestown CC will begin today’s third round on the back nine. Gray will tee off on No. 10 at 9 a.m.; Gullo at 9:09; Fye at 9:18; Noah Adams at 9:27; and Athanasios Bakas at 9:36.
Sandhills CC 576, Georgia Military College 594, Jamestown CC 629, Butler CC 635 DuPage CC 638, Onondaga CC 643, Nassau CC 655, Minnesota State Community & Technical College 656, RCSJ Gloucester 697, Terra State CC 702, Holyoke CC 857.
Nick Johnson GMC 69-72-141
Alex Martin Sandhills CC 68-73-141
Ben Read Sandhills CC 72-70-142
Sean Barrett Niagara County CC 73-72-145
Noah Maness Sandhills CC 78-69-147
Brad Hammock GMC 76-72-148
Troy Loughry Butler County CC 74-74-148
Watcharakan Chankam Sandhills CC 77-72-149
Logan Hay Sandhills CC 75-74-149
Traden Gray Jamestown CC 75-75-150
Kevin O’Rouorke Nassau CC 76-75-151
Lane Jenkins Hudson Valley CC 74-77-151
Nathan Hellar Jefferson CC 74-77-151
Anthony Gullo Jamestown CC 80-72-152
Chase Richardson Westmoreland CC 75-77-152
Stephen Bishop GMC 79-73-152
Charlie Gneiser DuPage CC 78-75-153
Walter Kelley GMC 77-76-153
Evan Crouse Herkimer College 80-74-154
Julian Galletta Onondaga CC 76-78-154
Liam Kosior Butler County CC 83-71-154
Brady Fye Jamestown CC 77-77-154
Patrick Murray Union CC 79-76-155
Leo Camilloni Niagara County CC 75-80-155
Brent Schmiesing Madison College 80-76-156