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High Schools: Medina's Green third behind big two in girls golf.

Freshman Melanie Green of Medina was unable to break through the dominant duo of Lauren Peter and Lindsay May and finished in a tie for third place in the New YOrk State Public High Schools Athletic Association girls golf champion on the Yellow Course at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale.

Nothing wrong with that because Peter and May now have finished 1-2 in the last three state tournament only this time Peter won.

The senior from Carmel (Section I, Westchester County) shot even part 72 in Sunday's final round to capture the championship by two strokes with a 140 total. May from Auburn in Section III shot 1-under-71 to finish second after winning the tournament the previous three years.

Green tied for third with Jennifer Rosenberg (Cold Spring Harbor-Section VIII) with a 3-over round of 75 on Sunday for a two-day total of 145. She was tied for second after the first round with 2-under 70.

Sunday, Green got off to a rough start with bogeys on five of her first six holes. She birdied No. 3 She settled down on the back nine play even par golf with two birdies and two bogeys.

May shot her second straight 71 on Sunday, but could not overtake Peter, who got to even for the day with birdies on Nos. 13 and 15 coming home.

Green's third place was the best finish by a Western New York golfer since Chelsea Dantonio of Lancaster finished second to May in 2014 after finishing fourth the year before.

Green led a strong showing by the nine-member Section VI team. Alexis Kim (Clarence), the 2016 Section VI champion, tied for 10th with 75-81-156. Another Clarence golfer, Elena Lopez was 12th with 83-84-157. Amanda Gaffney (Williamsville East) was 18th at 82-80-162 while Breana Callahan (Clarence) was 25th with 87-81-168.

LaCongo fourth in boys golf

Andrew LaCongo of the East Aurora/Holland team was three strokes off the lead in a tie for fourth place after the first 18-hole round of the NYSPHSAA boys golf championship on the Robert Trent Jones Course at Cornell University in Ithaca.

LaCongo shot 4-over 75. Adam Xiao (Section VIII) leads with a 1-over 72. Justin Lane (Section IX) is next with a 73 and Nathan Han (Section I) is next at 74.

LaCongo settled down after bogeys on three of his first six holes. He then birdied No. 9, No. 12. He took a double-bogey 8 at No. 11 and bogeyed 13 to stall his rally.

Section VI medalist Kevin Halpern of Williamsville North shot 14-over 86 with two double-bogeys and two triple-bogeys in his round. Halpern and LaCongo had each shot each shot 117 to lead the sectional tournament last month.

Aside from LaCongo, the closest Section VI golfer to the lead was Mike Wells of Williamsville North in a tie for 32nd at 81.

The boys championship will wrap up with another 18-hole round today.

 

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