|Bard brothers co-champs as
Spartans roll to team title
|Derek Bard shares
fourth Class victory
with brother Alec after
matching 1-under 71s
BALDWINSVILLE - New Hartford junior
Derek Bard is probably used to sharing
with his younger brother Alec.
This time the New Hartford junior will have
to share the Class A Sectional title with
Alec, after the siblings fired matching
1-under-par 71s Monday at Radisson
Greens Golf Club.
The win was Derek's fourth consecutive
class title and Alec's first. Alec and Derek
both won their first titles in the eighth
Their rounds were very different, as Alec
came roaring out of the gates and Derek
struggled early and steadied himself with
a solid closing nine of 35.
"I played great today," Alec Bard said. "I
got off to a great start and birdied three of
my first five. After that I pretty much knew
that I was fine, so i started playing a little
safer and just got it into the clubhouse
without a lot of damage."
Although the brothers didn't play in the
same group, it still has to be a little
different competing against each other for
such a big title.
"He's a great player," Alec said.
"Everyone knows that I root for him and I
want him to do well and win every time he
plays, regardless if I'm in it or not.
Derek, who has three years of experience
on his younger brother felt the same
about competing against Alec.
"On the course I treat him like any other
competitor. I root for him deep down and
wish him the best, even though it
sometimes may not seem like it.," Bard
The Bard's led a very strong performance
by the Spartans, who repeated as team
champions in a runaway.
New Hartford shot 385 and had five
players qualify for Thursday's first round
of the Section III Tournament at Seven
Oaks Golf Course in Hamilton.
Whitesboro placed second at 418 and
Jamesville-Dewitt was third at 448.
New Hartford's top five scorers all
advanced to compete at Seven Oaks.
Joining the Bard's are Alex Malta, Patrick
Coughlin and Tommy Mandel, who all shot
Other Tri Valley League players to qualify
for Seven Oaks were: Whitesboro's Chuck
Coppola (77); Camden's Seth Adams
(78); RFA's Joe Facciolo (82) and Mike
Vacheresse (83); Whitesboro's Sam
Tornatore (83); Camden's Austin
Chandler (83); Whitesboro's Joel
Jakubowicz (84) and Austin Odell 84.
New Hartford head coach Tom Snizek has
as good a perspective as anyone on the
similarities and differences of Derek and
"Derek's preparation is much more
focused," Snizek said. "He will go out an
pound balls for hours on the range prior
to and after a tournament. He will spend
hours on the practice green putting and
chipping. Alec is very focused on
tournament days. Prior to that, he is much
more laid back about hitting balls on the
range and spending time on the putting
"They are both competitors, they both
want to win, and both are mentally tough.
It is their mental games that I remain
impressed with. During a round Alec and
Derek do not get rattled. If they three putt
a green (which is rare), they both know it
is part of the game. That is where their
dad comes into play. Dave is always
talking/discussing strategy and always
gives the two a positive outlook on the
bleakest set of circumstances. Their
preparation for tournaments begin with a
pep talk from their father."
Class A Sectional Qualifier
at Radisson Greens, Par 72
Team Results: New Hartford 385;
Whitesboro 418; Jamesville-Dewitt 448,
Cortland 457; Chittenango 451;
Watertown 492; East Syracuse-Minoa
495; Fulton 530.
Individual Qualifers for Seven Oaks:
Derek Bard (NH) 71; Alec Bard (NH) 71;
Mike McIntosh (Chit) 76; Chuck Coppola
(Wboro) 77; Seth Adams (Cam) 78; Alex
Malta (NH) 81; Patrick Coughlin (NH) 81;
Tommy Mandel (NH) 81; Joe Facciolo
(RFA) 82; Mike Vacheresse (RFA) 83;
Bryan Reader (ESM) 83; Erik Davis (JD)
83; Sam Tornatore (Wboro) 83; Austin
Chandler (Cam) 83; Joel Jakubowicz
(Wboro) 84; Austin Odell (Wboro) 84;
Connor Goss (Fult) 85.
|Class A Sectional Qualifier - 2012
Alec Bard (above) and Derek Bard (below) shot 1-under 71s
Monday to tie for the championship at the Class A Section III
Qualifier at Radisson Greens Golf Course in Baldwinsville. The win
was Derek's fourth consecutive class title and the first for Alec, who
is only an 8th grader.