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Spackenkill Golfer Shines Again In Final High School Match

FARMINGDALE – Too bad Spackenkill High School golfer Erik Stauderman isn’t playing in the U.S. Open next week.

He’s been that hot.

The senior continued his torrid spring with another amazing performance on Sunday, winning the New York State Federation Championship with a 3-over-par 74 at Bethpage State Park’s Black Course, one of the most notoriously difficult courses in the country.

How notorious?

How about the signs that greet the golfers: “WARNING. The Black Course is an extremely difficult course which we recommend only for highly skilled golfers.”

Uh, yeah, that would be Stauderman, who in a matter of weeks here has won the Section 9 championship, the Coaches Invitational and finished fifth at the state public high school championship tournament.

“Playing the black competitively was really cool,” Stauderman told HVSR. “I enjoyed the course (Saturday) in the practice round and was confident in today. I struck the ball great today, which you have to do on that course because the rough is so penal. I hit a lot of greens, which makes the round so much easier.”

Stauderman actually had to go to a playoff to earn the victory against state public school champ Adam Xiao of Manhasset, and he did it by parring 16, 17 and 18 to force the playoff.

“(Spackenkill coach Keith Humphrey and my parents knew that I needed a 10 foot par putt on the last hole to go to a playoff, but I didn’t,” Stauderman joked.

On the first extra hole, both players parred.

On the next hole, Stauderman hit the green on the 215-yard par-3 while Xiao was four yards in the rough. Stauderman two-putted for par; Xiao chipped to within 10 feet but missed his par putt.

“Erik played steady golf throughout the round, hitting many fairways and greens in regulation. Erik also played bunker shots at a high level today,” Humphrey said. “I am proud of all of his accomplishments. His hard work has paid off, no doubt about it.”

Said Stauderman: “It was a great experience and not a better way for mine and Mr. Humphrey’s career to end.”

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