Camden's Adams wins thrilling TVL
Tournament at Rome Country Club
Whitesboro boys claim team title in close battle
                                                May 15, 2012

ROME - Seth Adams rode a hot putter to
shoot an even-par round of 72 to dethrone
three-time defending champion Derek Bard
at a wild and dramatic Tri Valley League
Tournament Tuesday at Rome Country Club.

Adams, Bard, Whitesboro's Joel Jakubowicz
and Notre Dame's Mike Kalil played in a
foursome that was hotly contested from the

In the end, the difference was Adams, a
senior, who edged out the competition in a
battle to the finish.

"This is really big for me," said Adams. "I
think it's wonderful to be able to go into
sectionals, Seven Oaks and (hopefully)
beyond with this under my belt. (With) the
knowledge that I can play well when I need

And he did really need to as Jakubowicz,
Kalil and Bard pressed him all day.

After posting a 2-under 34 on his opening
nine holes (Rome CC's back nine), Adams
bogeyed Nos. 2 and 3 - both par-3s, for his
only stumbles of the day. He showed his
resolve by steadying himself and parring the
final six holes.

"I'm just really glad that I was able to show
finally I have what it takes," said Adams. "But
the level of competition was incredible, the
amount of focus and concentration it took all
day was unbelievable, and I was exhasuted

"This ranks pretty high on the list, not
because it means a lot as far as the rest of
the season, but because it's a confidence
thing. It's a big boost to my confidence."

Jakubowicz and Kalil tied for second with
1-over 73s, while Bard shot a 2-over 74 to
finish fourth, despite being assessed a
two-stroke penalty on the par-5 7th hole
after it was ruled he incorrectly dropped out
of a lateral hazard.

Jakubowicz and teammate Chuck Coppola
(77) won the team title for the Warriors, who
ended New Hartford's three-year reign.
Notre Dame finished one stroke back at 151,
while the Spartans were third with a 152 total.

"It feels great," said Coppola, who placed
solo sixth and was competing in his second
straight TVL tournament with Jakubowicz.
They finished second to Derek Bard and
Kyle Critelli at Skenandoa Golf Club in 2011.

"Ever since we've been on the varsity golf
team, we've never won it," Coppola said.
"We have a really strong league, and it
definitely is a very big accomplishment to win
against this type of competition."

Jakubowicz nearly made a birdie putt on the
finishing 9th hole to tie Adams, but was
pleased to come out of it with the team title.

"I putted very well," Jakubowicz said. "I didn't
hit it off the tee very well, but made up for it
on the greens. (Winning the team title) is
one of the top accomplishments I've had in
my high school career. It ranks right up

RFA's Joe Facciolo shot 76 to finish fifth.
Alec Bard (New Hartford) shot 78 to tie
Oneida's Ben Kallet, Notre Dame's Sean
Wuest and RFA's Mike Vacheresse for 7th.

Camden's Austin Chandler (82) was 11th,
while Ben Wadas (Holland Patent) shot 89
for 12th. Evan Cooley (Oneida, 91) and
Holland Patent's Dylan Wiedmer (99)
rounded out the scoring in one of the best
showings for the league in the history of the

Camden and RFA tied for fourth with 154
totals. Oneida (169) was sixth and Holland
Patent (188) placed seventh.

The teams and players have some dual
matches this week and then turn their focus
on postseason play. The class tournaments
are Monday, with the qualifiers heading to
the Section III Tournament, which begins
next Thursday at Seven Oaks Golf Club in

Individual Scores:
Seth Adams (Camden)
72; Joel Jakubowicz (Whitesboro) 73; Mike
Kalil (Notre Dame) 73; Derek Bard (New
Hartford) 74; Joe Facciolo (RFA) 76; Chuck
Coppola (Whitesboro) 77; Alec Bard (New
Hartford) 78; Ben Kallet (Oneida) 78; Sean
Wuest (Notre Dame) 78; Mike Vacheresse
(RFA) 78; Austin Chandler (Camden) 82;
Ben Wadas (Holland Patent) 89; Evan
Cooley (Oneida) 91; Dylan Wiedmer
(Holland Patent) 99.
Team Results: Whitesboro 150;
Notre Dame 151; New Hartford 152;
RFA 154; Camden 154; Oneida 169;
Holland Patent 188.
Camden's Seth Adams pitches to the 13th green during Tuesday's Tri Valley League Tournament at Rome
Country Club. Adams, a senior, won his first TVL title, edging Whitesboro's Joel Jakubowicz and Notre Dame's
Mike Kalil by one stroke. Three-time defending champion, Derek Bard finished two strokes back despite a
two-stroke penalty late in his round.
Whitesboro's Joel Jakubowicz hits an approach on the par-4
12th hole. Jakubowicz shot 73 to place second individually, but
teamed with Chuck Coppola (below) to win the team competition
by one stroke.
Notre Dame's Mike Kalil hits his tee shot on the par-4 12th hole.
Kalil tied for second after shooting a 1-over 73, one stroke back
of winner Seth Adams.
New Hartford's Derek Bard hits an approach on the par-4 12th.
Bard finished two strokes back after posting a 74, despite a
costly two-stroke penalty on the par-5 7th hole. Alec Bard
(below) chips to the 12th green during his round of 78.
Sean Wuest
watches his
approach on
the par-4 12th.
Wuest teamed
with Mike Kalil
to give the
Jugglers a
RIGHT: RFA's Joe Facciolo rips a
tee shot on the par-4 12th hole.
Facciolo shot 4-over 76 to finish
solo fifth.
ABOVE: Camden's Austin Chandler hits an approach on the par-5 11th hole. Chandler shot 82.

BELOW: Oneida's Ben Kallet rips an approach on the par-5 11th hole. Kallet, an 8th grader, shot 78 to tie for
LEFT: Mike Vacheresse
watches his approach
on the par-5 11th hole.
Vacheresse tied for 7th
after posting 78.
LEFT: Mitch Kreighbaum
watches his tee shot on the
par-5 11th.
Wadas hits his
tee shot on the
par-5 11th.
LEFT: Dylan Wiedmer
watches his tee shot on the
par-4 12th.