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June 13, 2013

Eighth grader hits the green to lead CCS golf team


“I don’t hit the ball that far yet,” he said.

“His size and strength will catch up to him,” said Cooperstown golf coach David Peplinski. “This is the first year since I’ve been coaching that selective classification for golf has been allowed at Cooperstown Central so, I’ve never had an eighth grader play for me let alone be one of the top golfers on the team.

“Many of the teams we play have allowed selective classification for years so seeing seventh- and eighth-grade golfers over the years at other schools leads me to think Teddy will bring his scoring average down to one or two over par by the time he graduates,” he continued.

Cooperstown’s older players took to Trosset quickly, Peplinski said.

“Teddy is a great young man,” he said. “He was able to fit right into the team dynamic this year and the upperclassmen loved having him around. The team was always very supportive of one another and was genuinely impressed with Teddy’s play. It certainly didn’t hurt that he was one of our better golfers.”

“I hang out with my friends like a normal eighth grader,” Trosset said. “But the high school team was fun. They kind of accepted me.”

In the Center State Conference tournament held on May 30 at The Golf Club of Newport, Trosset teamed with senior Matt Frevele to shoot a 168. Frevele, a senior, shot 80. Trosset shot 88.

In his high school career, Trosset said he wants to qualify for the state tournament. Only nine Section Three golfers qualified this year for states.

This summer, Trosset will be out on tour for the Mohawk Valley Junior Golf Tour and the Northeastern New York Junior Golf Tour, a schedule that his coach thinks will help him make the state tournament some day.

“Teddy is willing to put in the time to work on his game and practice during the off season that it will take to make it,” Peplinski said.

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