Putnam golfers likely to see tournament play
By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Putnam - posted Thu., May. 17, 2012
Putnam High School will likely be among the winning teams in the east for the The Constitution State Conference tournament on May 30. The high school's golf coach, Jim Bartolomei, likes his team's chances of winning. The state tournament will be much more difficult. He expects Putnam to be in the high end of the top 10 teams there. “We don't have much of a chance of winning,” he said. “There are some pretty good teams out there. But I'd like to think we could make a good showing,” he said.
Bartolomei believes his number one and two golfers are probably two of the best golfers in the state. Senior Alec Foucault, who plays in the number one slot, and sophomore Spencer Salvas, in the number two slot, have been playing neck in neck all season. “There's not much of a difference between them,” Bartolomei said. Both players could make All-State.
Last year Foucault came close. He went into the state tournament ranked in the top four in the small division, but had a tough outing. Because he didn't do well in the tournament, he didn't make All-State, which counts the state tournament as 30 percent of his score.
Salvas is coming into his own, according to Bartolomei. “He's every bit as good as Foucault, but Alec is more experienced, a little more seasoned. He could be something really special," the coach said.
The three golfers that round out the top five for Putnam are seniors Caleb Gonyer and Ryan Rumrill and sophomore AJ Smith. “They're inconsistent, which is part of the problem,” Bartolomei said. “They can shoot from the low 40s to the high 50s. They've each taken their turn at having their scores thrown out,” Bartolomei said.