RAVENA: Coaches have fun on the course

"I think at this point, most of the people here are experienced coaches. They work together at the camps," said Sapienza. "So, they're pretty forthright about what they've got."

Not that the coaches spend a lot of time talking football. They kidded each other about the shots they made and bantered about how their four-man teams were doing. Among the teams the other golfers kept their eyes on was defending champion Cambridge captained by former varsity coach Ken Baker and a quartet of high school football officials that were trying to win the tournament for the third time in eight years.

"None of the coaches were particularly happy when the officials won three years ago," said football official team member Ron Wotherspoon, a former Scotia resident now living in Lake George.

Baker's Cambridge team has dominated when the officials haven't won. VanDerzee estimates that Baker's group has won four or five of the eight previous tournaments.

"He and the Cambridge guys are pretty good golfers," said VanDerzee.

VanDerzee and his R-C-S teammates hoped to end Baker's reign, but things didn't go well for them over the first nine holes. By the turn, VanDerzee's team had shot a 2-under par 34, which put them in the hunt but not in the lead, even though they were on their home turf.

"We haven't taken advantage of the course knowledge," said VanDerzee.

The tournament isn't about winning or losing, though. It's about having fun and hanging out with friends old and new.

"It's a fun time to come out and relax before the season starts," said VanDerzee.""

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