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Two St. John’s golfers compete at Stroke Play Championships

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St. John’s junior John DeForest, of Cottekill, N.Y., tied for sixth at the Ike MGA/MetLife Stroke Play Championships hosted at the Montclair Golf Club. DeForest carded a five-over par 215 for the three-round event. DeForest is having a solid summer, with a victory earlier this month at the Ulster County Amateur Championship.

Senior Andrew Svoboda, of Stamford, Conn., finished tied for 10th, shooting a seven-over par 217. Svoboda was in the top-five when he made the turn in his final round, but a pair of double bogies took him out of contention. Svoboda also had a victory earlier this month, winning the 83rd Westchester Golf Association Amateur Championship.

Alumnus Jesse Fitzgerald, of Sayville, N.Y., finish tied for 18th, carding a 13-over par 223. Fitzgerald was one of the top golfers for the Red Storm in 2001-02 and will be difficult to replace.

DeForest, Svoboda and junior Kyle Sleasman, of Loudonville, N.Y., who qualified for the New York State Open to be played at Bethpage, are the top returnees for the Red Storm golf team in 2002. The trio is expected to lead St. John’s to its third straight NCAA tournament berth.

Veissy Signs With Caldwell

Caldwell College baseball coach Chris Reardon has announced the signing of catcher/outfielder Landon Veissay, a graduate of Benjamin Cardozo High School, this past week.

A native of Bayside, Veissay led the PSAL with .679 batting average. Veissay was named a second-team All-New York City and first-team all-Queens player this past season.

Reardon, who just completed his second year as a head coach, has done a tremendous job in the recruiting process. In addition to Veissy, Caldwell has signed a number of top high school prospects, including Ocean County Player of the Year Anthony DeRogatis from Toms River South.

“We are very pleased that Landon will continue his education and baseball career at Caldwell,” Reardon said “He’ll make an impact for us right away.”

Caldwell finished second in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference. This past season and advanced to the CACC post-season title game. Caldwell College is a member of the NCAA Division II.

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