Tourney win a boost for Watchung Hills

For the Watchung Hills High School boys golf team, Monday’s tournament at Cherry Valley Country Club in Skillman was a good way to start the season.

Alex Pomerantz’s round of 73 was fourth-best of the more than 90 golfers and the Warriors’ team score of 222 was four shots better than Hunterdon Central for the team title.

Luke and Mike Graboyes finished with rounds of 74 and 75, respectively, to boost Watchung Hills in the 23-team field.

The Warriors will look to take their momentum into Monday’s Somerset County Tournament at Neshanic Valley.

“Obviously, our top three are very tournament-tested players,” Watchung Hills coach Sean Mealey said. “They’ve been playing for so long now and this is third year playing together. They push each other a lot and they set the tone for us.”

Ben Lerner rounded out the Watchung Hills foursome with a round of 84, but Mealey said that he’s still evaluating who’s going to be his fourth golfer this season.

“The fourth guy is always the deciding factor in tournaments,” Mealey said.

Pomerantz’s performance was just one shot off the lead that would have sent him into a playoff with three others.

Although he didn’t come out on top of the individual side of the tournament, Mealey was excited for what that kind of round could do for Pomerantz.

“He (Alex) gets overlooked by the Graboyes’, but Alex deserves the spotlight,” Mealey said. “He’s one of the hardest workers on the team and while he’s always been ready, he’s finally over the hump.”

But the fact that Watchung Hills was able to come out on top of a tournament where Luke Graboyes didn’t lead them is encouraging, according to Mealey.

“We showed we can win when Luke doesn’t shoot the lowest round every time out,” he said. “Alex and Mike have improved and that’s made us steadier. These guys are competitive and it gives us a nice balance for our team going forward.”

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