On a day hardly fit for man or beast, Gregory Sibick of Nichols School was both and posted a round for the ages at River Oaks golf club on Grand Island. The Viking senior totaled six birdies against one bogey to win the individual medal by six strokes. Sibick’s 67 was followed by Andrew Monahan’s (St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute) 73. Also earning individual All-Catholic recognition were Brendan Kelly (St. Francis) with 76, Jack Rinaldi (St. Joe’s) and David Hanes (St. Francis) with 77 and Joe Rinaldi (St. Joe’s) with 78. In addition to those six, eight other golfers (Casey Woodard-Christian Central Academy; Mason Smith-St. Mary’s/Lancaster; Alex Fisher-Nichols; Matt Cox-BTSJ; Matt Santora-Canisius; Max Downing-Canisius; John Dantonio-St. Francis; Paul Goszewski-St. Francis) qualified for State Catholic golf championships next spring.
St. Francis high school qualified four golfers into state catholics, usually a recipe for a winning team. Brendan Kelly’s 76 was the catalyst for the Red Raiders as they claimed a ten-stroke victory over Nichols in the AA division. In addition to Kelly and Hanes, John Dantonio (80) and Paul Goszewski (79) paved the way for St. Francis. St. Joseph’s claimed third and Canisius was fourth.
St. Mary’s of Lancaster claimed a fifteen-stroke victory over Bishop Timon-St. Jude and Gow in the A Division championship. Both St. Mary’s and Gow qualified their number one golfer to states, so it came down to the middle of the line-up for all three schools. St. Mary’s proved stronger and claimed a tournament title to counter Timon’s regular-season championship. In Division AA, St. Francis also claimed the regular-season title.