Honesdale's Friends of Golf booster club held its year-end banquet this past weekend at HGC. Student/athletes & coaches alike were honored at the event, which featured awards & accolades...a fitting conclusion to another outstanding season.
Heading into the ‘09 Lackawanna League golf season, Dan O’Neill knew that his Hornets would be hard pressed to equal last year’s unprecedented success.
Honesdale’s longtime varsity skipper led the Red & Black to an undefeated regular season and a Northern Division championship in ‘08.
Unfortunately for Maple City links fans, the nucleus of that team was lost to graduation. If Coach O’Neill was to challenge for another title, he’d have to do so with a new line-up of largely untested golfers.
“I?really wasn’t sure what we had at the start of the season,” Coach O’Neill told TWI Sports. “I knew we had some very good players coming back, but I also thought we might not be as deep as some other teams.”
Despite this squad’s relative youth and lack of depth, Honesdale nevertheless rolled to yet another outstanding season.
The Hornets lost just once this fall on their way to a second place finish in the always-rugged Northern Division. The Red & Black went 10-1, trailing only undefeated Montrose (11-0) in the overall standings.
Coach O’Neill’s lads also advanced to the play-offs, earning a first round bye and a #2 seed.
A red-hot North Pocono team ended Honesdale’s season in the quarterfinals. The Trojans were eventually eliminated by Scranton Prep, who went on to capture the crown in a sudden death thriller over Abington.
Honesdale opened up its ‘09 campaign with a pair of lopsided victories.
The Hornets posted a 61/2 - 21/2 decision over longtime rival Western Wayne, then followed that up with a 9-0 whitewashing of Lackawanna Trail.
This set the stage for a Week two road trip to Susquehanna County and a battle with perennial powerhouse Montrose.
The local lads put up a gallant struggle in this one, but came out on the short end of a 61/2 - 21/2 score.
The Meteors went on to win the Northern Division, but the Hornets were equally impressive the rest of the way. Coach O’Neill’s squad didn’t taste defeat again until the play-offs, finishing off the regular season with eight straight wins.
Ben Krempasky showed the way this year for Honesdale.
A senior who led his team in most statistical categories, Ben has been named the Hornets’ Most Valuable Player for ‘09.
Krempasky posted a 10-2-0 record in Lackawanna League action this fall. His stroke average of 37.66 per nine holes led the team. Ben earned medalist honors six times and was named to the All-Region Team.
Krempasky’s ‘09 tournament average was a stellar 79.11 and catapulted him to appearances in both the District Two and Northeast Regional events. Ben’s 4-year varsity record was 38-9-1. He posted a career scoring average of 39.55.
Dillon Gavin earned a pair of awards at this year’s banquet, which was hosted by the Honesdale Golf Club last Sunday.
A sophomore who won his first varsity letter this fall, Dillon took home both the Rookie of the Year and Most Improved Player awards.
Gavin sliced more than 31/2 strokes off last year’s scoring average. He finished up the ‘09 campaign with a 6-1-1 varsity record (9-1-1 overall).
Landon Roberts, Erik Sandercock and Gavin each earned a share of the Coaches’ Dedica-tion Award.
Roberts is a 4-year member of the golf team. His career record is 13-5-3. Landon qualified for the District Two tournament and earned Honorable Mention All-Star status.
Sandercock is also a 4-year team veteran. Erik recorded 20 wins in his varsity career with a stroke average of 43.70.
A pair of seniors, Adam Rogers and Luke Kowalczyk, also earned recognition at the year-end golf banquet.
Rogers went 10-2-0 this season, tying with Krempasky for the team’s best record. Adam piled up 27 wins in his career and is a two-time Lackawanna League All-Star.
Kowalczyk went 13-5-0 over the course of his four years on the team. Luke posted a career average of 54.24 and earned a varsity letter this fall.
Mike Kussoff and Cody Dirlam also played key roles in the Red & Black line-up. Kussoff went 9-2-0 for the season, while Dirlam contributed eight big wins.