2012 State Tournament - Day 1
Derek Bard three shots
back at state tournament
Junior in good
position heading
into Monday's
final round
                               June 3

ITHACA - Derek Bard didn't play his
best golf Sunday.

However, the New Hartford junior is
still in contention after shooting a    
2-over-par 74 during the first round
of the New York State Public High
School Championships on Sunday
at Cornell University's Robert Trent
Jones Golf Course.

Bard is in fifth place, three strokes
back of Rondout Valley's Ben
DeForest (Section IX) entering
Monday's final round.

Andrew Romano (Depew HS-Section
VI) and Chris Stricek (Windsor
HS-Section IV), each finishing with
72, are tied for second. Ethan
DeForest (Rondout Valley
HS-Section IX) shot 73, and is in
fourth, two shots behind his older

"It was a grind the whole day," Derek
Bard said. "I didn't really do anything
well. I hit a lot of poor tee shots
which led to some bogeys. My putter
was cold all day. I also made a few
bad course management mistakes."

Despite everything he didn't do well,
Bard knows he has a chance to
bring home really the only honor he
hasn't achieved in his illustrious high
school career.

"That being said, being only three
back is a great position. If I get off to
a quicker start tomorrow I hope to be
there in the end."

New Hartford's Alec Bard shot 79
Sunday, while Notre Dame's Mike
Kalil and Whitesboro's Joel
Jakubowicz each posted 82s.

None were very pleased with their

"I didn't play well at all," Alec Bard
said. "I hit it pretty good, but my
putter let me down. I had two
three-putts that ruined my
momentum at two different points of
the round."

Alec finished ninth in last year's
state tournament as a
seventh-grader, and still is confident
he can turn things around.

"My goal for tomorrow is to win. I
wanna go out and make some
birdies and give the leaders a bit of
a scare."

Kalil, a junior, who is making his first
state tournament appearance, had a
wild day.

"I really struggled off the tee on my
front nine," Kalil said. "I then made
some changes on my downswing
half way through that helped a bit. I
putted awful with five three-putts and
just lipped out everything.

Another factor could come into play
for Kalil entering the final round.

"I hurt my wrist pretty good on my
17th hole, so I'm hoping that heals
up," Kalil said. "I'm Just trying to go
out there tomorrow and make some
more putts, and put up a low

Jakubowicz, a junior, earned his first
trip to states in a playoff at last
week's Section III Tournament at
Seven Oaks. He showed his mental
toughness then and will need to do
so again Monday.

"I struggled all around," Jakubowicz
said.  "I just need to hit the ball

                                           File photos
ABOVE: New Hartford's Derek Bard shot a 2-over 74 Sunday at the New
York State Public High School Championships at Cornell University's Robert
Trent Jones Golf Course. He is three shots off the lead entering Monday's
final round.

BELOW: Notre Dame's Mike Kalil shot 82 Sunday.