Golfers defeat opponents from four other schools

By Skip Pearlman

A Beacon High School foursome won the Beacon Invitational Golf Tournament on Monday (May 6) held at the Southern Dutchess Country Club.

Joshua Espinosa, Jack Philipbar, Gavin Coughlin and Josiah Russell defeated teams from Pawling, Putnam Valley, North Salem and Hendrick Hudson.

“They performed admirably,” said Coach Ed Malle. “Some had their best performances of the season.”

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Joshua Espinosa, Jack Philipbar, Gavin Coughlin and Josiah Russell took first place at the Beacon Invitational on Monday (May 6) at the Southern Dutchess Country Club. (Photo by Ed Malle)

Philipbar led with a 47 on nine holes, while Coughlin played his best round of the spring with a 49. Russell had a 50 and Espinosa shot a 54.

“That was a season-best for Coughlin, and an impressive round for him,” Malle said. “Jack is an eighth-grader — it was his first tournament for us. It was nice to see them come together.”

Beacon lost considerable talent to graduation last year. “We’re in rebuilding mode,” Malle said. “But the kids have all been impressive, and they’re giving as much as they can.”

Russell and Jacob Scofield are the team’s seniors; Coughlin, Shane Creighton and Espinosa are sophomores; and the Bulldogs have a pair of seventh-graders in Leon Lopez and William Hockler.

As a team, Beacon (1-9) picked up its only win of the season in its opener over Pawling. “That was a nice way to start,” Malle said.

Beacon will close its regular season with home matches on May 14 and May 16 at Southern Dutchess.

Behind The Story

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News: Based on facts, either observed and verified directly by the reporter, or reported and verified from knowledgeable sources.

Pearlman, a native of Carmel, was the sports editor of the Putnam County Courier in Carmel for 14 years and for the North County News in Yorktown Heights for 13 years. Location: Cold Spring. Languages: English. Area of expertise: Sports