Senior Cat Peters gave Clarence its second New York State title in as many days as she won the girls golf championship on Sunday at The College Golf Course at SUNY Delhi. The Red Devils softball team captured the Class AA crown on Saturday.
Peters shot an even-par 72 following Saturday's rain-plagued 75 to card a 147, beating her next closest competitor, Danielle Fuss of Rochester Mercy, by two strokes. Peters entered the day three shots back. She was 1-under 35 on the front, considered the more difficult nine, and shot a 37 on the back. She birdied Nos. 9, 10 and 15.
Peters, the first girl from Section VI to win a state golf title, said the turning point came after she shot a disappointing 40 on the first nine holes Saturday.
"I wasn't consistent with my shot placement," she said. "To be honest, after the first eight holes I went to work and birdied No. 9 and the ball just kept falling. [Saturday] night I sat down with my coach and we came up with a game plan. The greens on the front nine were very fast and a lot harder to read, and I tried to protect the two-putt. This morning I knew I was only down three and felt really good."
It was Peters' second trip to states. Last year she placed fourth. Peters, who plays out of Brookfield, has signed a national letter of intent to the University of Michigan where she will continue her golf career while studying physical education.
Peters was Section VI runner-up to freshman Chelsea Dantonio of Lancaster.
"I'm really excited," said Peters. "Coming from sectionals, I really focused on my golf game. After the first nine when I pulled a 40, I wasn't sure I could pull it out and win this thing. After I got that birdie on No. 9, I felt confident with my ball striking, my short game was right on the money, and I was confident with my putting."
Dantonio finished 19th with an 83-84-167. Also representing the section was eighth-grader Sarah Godfrey-Singleton of Depew, junior Jackie Kim of Clarence, eighth-grader Marissa DelMonaco of Southwestern, sophomore Nicole Filipski of Lancaster, junior Marley Weinstein of Williamsville East, junior Jenn Schuman of Lancaster and eighth-grader Marina Kessler of Fredonia.
It was the seventh year the state has offered a championship in girls golf and the sixth year Section VI has participated. As a team the section placed its highest ever, fifth among the eight sectionals.