2012 Warrior Golf Classic
Bard, Spartans win at
8th Annnual Warrior Classic
May 12, 2012

WHITESBORO - The New Hartford
Spartans tied a tournament low Saturday
to win the 8th Annual Warrior Classic Golf
Tournament at Hidden Valley Golf Club.

Junior Derek Bard shot 1-under 70 for his
third straight 'Classic' title to pace a
balanced-Spartans attack that posted a
371 total, tying Whitesboro's 2007 record

Tommy Mandel shot 74, Alex Malta
carded a 75, while Alec Bard and Justin
Rockwell posted 76s to round out the
scoring as the Spartans led the 12-team

Mandel, Alec Bard and Rockwell are all
eighth graders, making New Hartford's
unbeaten season (11-0 Tri Valley League
and 13-0 overall) all the more impressive.

"Having Derek and Alec back, who both  
have state tournament competition
experience really helps," New Hartford
coach Tom Snizek said.

"Alex and Patrick (Coughlin) are very
experienced players as juniors and
Tommy Mandel and Justin Rockwell are
just playing lights out as eighth graders ...
We are just really solid one through six."

The Spartans also tied Whitesboro with
four team titles at the event. No other
team has won.

The Warriors finished second with a 384
total. Westhill (394), Cazenovia (406) and
Camden (418) rounded out the top five.

Derek Bard's third title - he won with
even-par 71s in 2010 and 2011 - tied the
individual low set by Whitesboro's Doug
DeCarlo in 2008. Bard's round could've
been much lower.

"I hit the ball very well," Bard said. "I
missed a lot of putts, and a few from
inside five feet ... but that's the game."

In the next few weeks, Bard will be going
for his fourth straight Class championship
and third straight Section III title.

For Bard there is always pressure to
perform, and he enjoys the challenge.

"I guess when you keep winning these
things, everyone expects you to win
again, and if you don't, they ask you 'what
happened.' It's pretty important to me,
pride wise, to perform against top
competition, both at Raddison and then  
definitely at Sectionals."

Whitesboro's Alex Egresits tied Mandel
for second with a 3-over 74. Kyle Kupiec,
also from Whitesboro, tied Malta and
Camden's Austin Chandler for fourth with
a 4-over round.

Snizek already has his sight set on a
strong finish to what's been a special

"We want to finish undefeated, but we
know it won't be easy," Snizek said. "We
have to play Whitesboro here
Wednesday, and they are always tough
and we know it will be a good match.
Then hopefully we can repeat as
sectional champs."

8th Annual Warrior Classic Results
at Hidden Valley Golf Club, Par 71
Team Results (5-man total):
1. New
Hartford 371; 2. Whitesboro 384; 3.
Westhill 394; 4. Cazenovia 406; 5.
Camden 418; 5. Marcellus 418; 7. Clinton
425; 8. Skanteateles 427; 9. General
Brown 428; 10. Bishop Ludden 474; 11.
Watertown 477; 12. Old Forge 484.
Individual Top 10: 1. Derek Bard (NH)
70; 2. Alex Egresits (Wboro) 74; 2. Tom
Mandel (NH) 74; 4. Kyle Kupiec (Wboro)
75; 4. Alex Malta (NH) 75; 4. Austin
Chandler (Camden) 75; 7. Joel
Jakubowicz (Wboro) 76; 7. Alec Bard (NH)
76; 7. Justin Rockwell (NH) 76; 7. Nick
Christakos (Bishop Ludden) 76.

Derek Bard (NH) 70
Team: New Hartford 371

Derek Bard (NH) 71
Team: Whitesboro 390

Derek Bard (NH) 71
Team: Whitesboro 399

Mike Bufalini (Watertown)
74; Ariana Gaeta (Wboro) 77.
Team: New Hartford 405

Doug DeCarlo (Wboro) 70
Team: Whitesboro 382

A.J. Pedone (Wboro) 71
Team: Whitesboro 371

Matt Caister (Clinton) 76
Team: New Hartford 402

Brian Levi (NH) 74
Team: New Hartford 383

The New Hartford
Spartans won the
8th Annual Warrior
Classic Golf
Saturday at
Hidden Valley Golf
Club. The
Spartans from left:
Justin Rockwell,
Tommy Mandel,
Alec Bard, coach
Tom Snizek, Alex
Malta, Patrick
Coughlin and
Derek Bard.
ABOVE: Derek Bard, above, shot 1-under 70 to win his third
consecutive Warrior Classic title on Saturday at Hidden Valley Golf

BELOW: Alex Egresits chips on the third hole. Egresits tied for
second place after shooting 74.
Camden's Austin Chandler shot 75 to place in a tie for fourth.