Iconic, inspiring, unpredictable - through the years, our Falcon athletes have kept us coming back to witness the thrill of competition again and again. Our series "Great moments in Falcon sports history" relives the moments that have helped shape the Peddie athletics legacy. May 5, 2009 was one of those moments, with both Peddie boys’ tennis and golf teams earning Mid-Atlantic Prep League bragging rights.
On May 5, 2009, Peddie boys' tennis swung its way to the MAPL Championship at the inaugural tournament held at Lehigh University. Undefeated in league play during the regular season, the Peddie racqueteers notched clutch victories in both singles and doubles play. It was the Falcons' first league title since 2000, when the championship was decided by regular season head-to-head competition.
Tim Rosensteel '11 won a 10-8 tiebreaker after splitting two sets to defeat Hank Mancuso of Lawrenceville in the second singles final. The match dominated by long rallies, took two hours, 30 minutes to complete. In doubles action, Austin Belcak '09 and Fitz Mullins '12 trailed 5-7 before staving off four match points to stay in their match. The tenacious duo stormed back to win 9-8, decided by a 7-5 point tiebreaker. NOTE: The “eight game pro set” is the MAPL doubles format. The team to win eight games by a margin of two (i.e. 9-7) wins the set and the match. When there is an 8-8 tie, the set tiebreaker (first to seven points) is in effect.
TEAMS: 1-Peddie 27. 2-Lawrenceville 25. 3-Mercersburg 17. 4-Blair 16. 5-Hill, Hun 10. Scoring: 1st place (6 points), 2nd place (5), 3rd place (4), 4th place (3), 5th place (2), 6th place (1)
Meanwhile, on that very same day at the Peddie golf course, the boys' golf team drove to victory. Seniors Warren Taylor and Connor Monaghan crafted a magnificent 33 on the front nine during the alternate shot portion of the MAPL Championships on the fairway to a tournament best 70 (33/37). The senior pair birdied 1, 3 and 6 on the front nine. Following close behind were Conor Pocino'12 and Nitis Udornpim '12 who earned a 75 (36/39) to secure third place in the tournament. The duo of Max Klein ’11 and J.R. Rodrigo ’11 arrived at the clubhouse in 83 to cement the Falcons' second MAPL championship in the last four years. Peddie's 228 was the fifth best score in MAPL Championship history.
Ryder Cup Format Primer: The event is played with three, two-man teams. The front nine is alternate shots and the back nine is best ball. In the alternate ball scoring, the first player tees off, the second player hits the second shot, the first player hits the third shot, and so on until the ball is holed. Partners also alternate hitting tee shots. On the back nine, the low score on each hole among the two partners is that team's score. For example, Players A and B form one team. On the first hole, A scores a 5, B scores a 6, so the team score is 5.
Team Results: Peddie 228, Lawrenceville 238, Hill 246, Hun 252, Mercersburg 256, Blair 281