State Tournament - Final Round - 2012
Derek Bard shoots 69 to earn
coveted state championship
Junior comes
from three
back to win
by five shots
                      June 4

ITHACA - The only major thing
missing from Derek Bard's high
school golf resume was a state

The New Hartford junior took
care of that with an impressive
3-under-par 69 Monday, and a
five-stroke victory over Section
IX's Ben DeForest at Cornell's
Robert Trent Jones Golf

Bard, who has won four class
championships and is the
three-time defending Section III
champ, became the first New
Hartford player to win the state
title since Mark Jorgensen in

"This is definitely one of the
most special wins in my career,"
said Bard, the first Section III
champ since Jeff Goodelle in
1992. Bard also performed in
less than ideal conditions, as
the wind and rain were a major
factor all day.

"It's something I've dreamed of
ever since I started playing high
school golf. It's amazing and
definitely something I'll never

Dan Lapp - an eighth grader
from Section IV - finished third
with a 151 total. Victor Fox
(Section II) was fourth at 152.

West Genesee's John Clare
was in a group of five tying for
fifth at 153.

New Hartford's Alec Bard -
making his second straight
state tournament appearance -
tied for 20th, posting 157 after
a 78 Monday.

Despite finishing 20th at states
as an eighth-grader, Alec Bard  
wasn't pleased with his

"I hit it so much better than my
score showed," Alec Bard said.
"It was really all about my
putting, and I didn't putt well."

Alec came into the tournament
looking to win and why wouldn't
he think he had a chance after
finishing ninth in 2011 as a
seventh grader.

"I felt like I was more prepared
this year, and I was, but it didn't
show, which is disappointing."
Bard said.

Also posting a strong showing
Monday was Notre Dame junior
Mike Kalil, who posted a 76 for
a 158 total.

Kalil shot 82 Sunday and
injured his wrist after striking a
root on an approach shot. He
rebounded well with a 4-over
round and is ready for more
after getting a taste of the state
tourney experience.

"I definitely feel I can come back
and improve next year," Kalil
said. "But it was a lot of fun
being here this year."

Whitesboro's Joel Jakubowicz
shot 80 in the final round to
finish tied for 38th with a 162

The solid performances by the
local contingent helped Section
III finish second in the team
competition, just two strokes
back of Section VIII.

Being part of a team and
spending time with his
teammates, was another aspect
of the state tournament
experience that Jakubowicz - a
junior - really enjoyed the past
three days.

"It was a great experience," said
Jakubowicz, who admitted he
didn't hit the ball very well over
the two-round tournament.

"We hung out and played a lot
of basketball against the other
sections. It was fun this week
and the entire experience,
without a doubt, will make me
work harder to get better and
hopefully get back here."

Monday's round wasn't a typical
one for Derek Bard. His usual
reliable driving was off the
entire day, but strong iron play
and a hot short game helped
Bard post seven birdies to more
than offset the uncharacteristic
four bogeys.

"I hit the first two fairways and
that was it," Bard said, almost
not believing that could
happen. "My iron play was
great and I putted well today. I
took advantage of every
opportunity I had."

Bard, who birdied Nos. 1, 3, 7,
12, 14, 15 and 18, was making
his fourth state appearance,
and was feeling a little more
pressure to take home the
trophy. That's something he
believes factored into his
subpar 74 in the first round.

"After how I played at Seven
Oaks, I think I felt a little more
pressure than usual," Bard
said. "Yesterday I felt pretty
antsy and really didn't feel like
myself. Today I went shot for
shot and stayed in the present
and I think that's why I played
so much better."

Not many people have a better
perspective of what makes
Derek Bard one of the most
successful high school players
in Section III history that New
Hartford head golf coach Tom

Snizek began coaching the
Spartans in 2008, which
happened to be Bard's first
year on varsity.

"What continues to impress me
is his mindset," said Snizek,
who noted that Bard practiced
his putting for two hours after
Sunday's round. "He knows
what he needs to do, doesn't
get rattled, and goes out there
and does it. It's more than
impressive and as a coach I
couldn't be any prouder of a

Next for Bard is this weekend's
New York State Federation
tournament at Bethpage Black.
Last year, Bard shot 75 and
finished third.

The top six players from the
state  tournament will compete
against the best from the
state's private schools in an
individual and team competition.

After that, Bard, who has drawn
interest from Virginia, Duke and
LSU, will turn his focus to
national tournaments this
ABOVE: New Hartford's Derek Bard hits his wedge approach to the par-5 18th
hole during the final round of the New York State Public High School
Championships at Cornell University's Robert Trent Jones Golf Course in
Ithaca. Bard made birdie to post a 3-under 69 to win the title by five strokes.

BELOW: Derek Bard poses with medal and winner's plaque with state
coordinator Doug Courtright.
Ben DeForest chips on the par-3 14th. DeForest - the leader after the first round - shot 77 Monday to finish
second with a 148 total.
ABOVE: Notre Dame's Mike Kalil hits a bunker shot on the par-3 17th hole.
Kalil was able to save par to help post a 4-over 76. Kalil tied for 24th.

BELOW: Whitesboro's Joel Jakubowicz drills a birdie putt on the par-3 17th
hole. Jakubowicz finished with a 162 total to tie for 38th in the 99-player field.
ABOVE: Alec Bard tees off on the par-4 15th hole. Bard, just an eighth
grader, shot 78 Monday for a 157 total to tie for 20th place.

BELOW: Mike Kalil watches his drive off the 18th tee.
The Section III team poses for a photo after placing second. From left: Section III coordinator, Dan Bronchetti,
Mike Kalil, Joel Jakubowicz, Alec Bard, Ryan Clark, Derek Bard, Ryan Conroy, Jack Bellardini, Aiden Fuller, John
Clare and state coordinator, Doug Courtright.