Delbarton captures Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference golf title

MOUNT OLIVE — Tyler Lee hasn't been at Delbarton very long. His family relocated to Franklin Lakes from Texas before his junior year.

But Lee was excited to end his high school golf season with a team title. He shot a 2-under 70 to help the Green Wave clinch the Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference championship on Thursday afternoon.

The foursome – Lee, freshman Grady Gore, junior J.M. Dziadzio and sophomore Jake Kurtzman – totaled 306 strokes to out-distance the field and claim its only team plaque this spring.

It was six strokes lower than Delbarton had shot on the Blue and White courses at Flanders Valley to place third at the Morris County Tournament three weeks earlier. It was a five stroke improvement for Lee, who was coming off a wrist injury at the MCT.

He also won the NJSIAA individual title in a one-hole playoff.

"I played through (the injury) and did the best I could," said Lee, who has signed a National Letter of Intent with Cal-Berkeley. "My wrist is feeling better, and I've played here a couple of times now, so the course is more familiar. ... It's nice to end it like this."

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Mendham sophomore Liam Brandt was the individual NJAC champion, shooting a 3-under 69 with five birdies. He was most disappointed to have ended his round with back-to-back bogeys on Blue No. 3 and 4.

Morristown Beard senior Justin Benbassat also shot under par, carding a 71. Sophomore Anders Farley finished at even par, helping the Minutemen take third as a team behind Delbarton and Montville.

Mendham credited the success to a round of mini-golf at The Golf Zone in Flanders on the way to the tournament.

"It got us competitive coming in here. We were ready to go," said Brandt, who had carded a 78 on the same course during the MCT. "I started off hot, then I missed three birdie putts under 10 feet. If you were to tell me I'd shoot 69 coming in here, I'd be happy."

Delbarton's golf team -- Grady Gore, Tyler Lee, J.M. Dziadzio and Jake Kurtzman -- won the Morris County Tournament on May 25, 2023 at Flanders Valley.
Delbarton's golf team -- Grady Gore, Tyler Lee, J.M. Dziadzio and Jake Kurtzman -- won the Morris County Tournament on May 25, 2023 at Flanders Valley.

Team scores

Delbarton 306: Tyler Lee 35-35-70, Grady Gore 42-39-81, Jake Kurtzman 39-38-77, J.M. Dzizadio 38-40-78; Montville 313: Eli Kaufman 36-37-73, Colin Volpe 39-44-83, Matt Trifani 39-38-77, Henry White 38-42-80; Mendham 318: Liam Brandt 34-35-69, Anders Farley 36-36-72, Michael Pschar 37-44-81, Geoffrey Waller 47-49-96; Mountain Lakes 320: Ryan Powers 43-36-79, Kyle Maute 40-37-77, Max Troisi 41-37-78, Will Sentiwany 43-43-86; Chatham 324: David McNamara 43-41-84, Will DesMarais 41-35-76, Ronan Valli 42-42-84, Finn McCormick- 42-38-80; Madison 331: Devan Patel 41-40-81, Alex Patel 39-38-77, Nathan Tallinder 46-37-83, Jackson Koehler 49-41-90; Morristown Beard 333: Jack Scordley 47-45-92, Justin Benbassat 38-33-71, Tommy Cotter 41-44-81, Sam Sommer 46-43-89; Kinnelon 336: Avery Cohen 37-43-80, Scott Sanczyk 43-38-81, Dillon Fleksher 41-39-80, Alex Csigo 50-45-95; High Point 342: Roman Citro 46-40-86, Jacob Dippel 43-40-83, Brandon Bassani 45-44189, Ty Woods 42-42-84; Morristown 344: Liam Pasternak 37-38-75, Maya Burton 46-45-91, Caroline Fixter 40-43-83, Daniel Lynch 51-44-95; Pope John 346: Vinnie Cataldo 43-42-85, Jack Jacosiewicz 41-44-85, Caden Niziol 45-40-85, Brennan McCabe 43-48-91; Roxbury 348: Jake Morgan 39-42-79, Sean Finnan 45-41-86, Mike Temple 48-44-92, Jarden Chan 49-42-91; West Morris 350: Lucas Domingues 39-43-82, Zach McEwen 39-40-79, Evan Bruzzichesi 51-49-100, Layton Cummings 43-46-89; Mount Olive 353: Tyler Bienus 37-39-76, Joe Campisi 45-46-91, Mike Soriano 45-45-90, Tyler Muscalino 48-48-96; Morris Tech 359: Aydin Coutts 40-49-89, Matthew Leinfuss 48-40-88, Mike Kratzel 44-44-88, Cameron Purrington 43-46-89; Sparta 359: Dylan Barry 40-39-79, Ian Bellush 48-43-91, Jack Hill 48-45-93, Nick Ryan 45-51-96; Morris Knolls 360: Rob Ganert 38-41-79, Luke Fetterman 53-42-95, Shane Blaber 43-41-84, Billy Sobieski 55-47-102; Jefferson 362: Luke Urbano 41-43-84, Aiden Ferguson 39-45-84, Caden Haller 56-43-99, Sean Reiss 52-43-95; Pequannock 374: Lucas Wells 46-44-90, Julian Evancik 51-45-96, Matt Barnard 49-47-96, Nick Vallo 46-47-93; Hackettstown 393: Matt Taenzer 46-45-91, Matt Armstrong 47-51-98, Noah Caccio 50-45-95, Greg Omelia 55-54-109; Newton 398: Cooper Armstrong 42-44-86, C.J. Nicholas 45-50-95, Joey Krieg 53-55-108, Nick Kunicko 62-47-109; Morris Hills 421: Luca Levine 46-46-92, Christiano Hong 58-56-114, Nathaniel Hong 54-60-119, Krishna Chidrawar 52-49-101; Vernon 433: Jake Chomcik 48-50-98, Colin Pegley 49-50-99, Dylan Bressler 55-51-116, Tyler Hamilton 68-62-130; North Warren 437: Max Jarowsky 49-51-100, Mason Forbes 58-51-109, Nick Licata 58-51-109, Owen McLaughlin 58-61-119; Hopatcong 456: Jack Luicini 53-57-110, Luke Turkington 71-69-140, Chase Lessig 51-49-100, Ryan Puco 55-51-106.

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Kittatinny: Josh Corman 43-42-85, George Hanlon 46-47-93, Casey McMullin 47-45-92

Lenape Valley: Kieran Marone 39-39-79, Ben McMillan 44-42-86

Morris Catholic: Mary Korab 42-38-80, A.J. Gervasio 52-43-95, Brady Cox 51-46-97

Parsippany: Charlie Cordasco 47-55-102, Thomas Colantoni 58-62-120, Ronin Wani 56-56-112

Parsippany Hills: Rohit Viswanth 44-47-91

Randolph: Brayden Meditz 43-44-87, Riley Brown 44-43-87, Achal Agnihotai 44-42-86

Justin Benbassat of Morristown Beard plays in the Morris County Golf Tournament at Flanders Valley Golf Course on Tuesday, May 3, 2022.
Justin Benbassat of Morristown Beard plays in the Morris County Golf Tournament at Flanders Valley Golf Course on Tuesday, May 3, 2022.

Individual medalists

Liam Brandt (Mendham) 69; Tyler Lee (Delbarton) 70; Justin Benbassat (Morristown Beard) 71; Anders Farley (Mendham) 72; Eli Kaufman (Montville) 73; Liam Pasternak (Morristown) 75; Tyler Bienus (Mount Olive) and Will DesMarais (Chatham) 76; Alex Patel (Madison), Kyle Maute (Mountain Lakes), Matt Trifari (Mendham) and Jake Kurtsman (Delbarton) 77

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