Williamsville South softball coach Julie Murphy finished one stroke behind the winner in Friday's third and final round of the NYSGA Women's Mid-Amateur Championship. Lauren Cupp's final round 76 gave her a score of 12-over for the week, just enough to outlast Murphy, who shot a 75 at Schuyler Meadows Club in Loudonville on Friday to finish at 13-over par.
Murphy led the Mid-Am field after a Day 1 77 but shot an 80 on Thursday to fall out of the lead. In her final round, Murphy birdied holes 12, 13 and 14 before shooting 1-over on the last four holes. She bogeyed the 288-yard, par-4 16th, the only hole she didn't record par or better on in any of the three rounds.
Cupp only birdied two holes on Friday compared to Murphy's five, but Murphy double-bogeyed twice and Cupp's worst score was bogey.
In the Women's Amateur field, Marianna Monaco shot 1-over par in three days, four strokes ahead of second-place finisher Alexis Hios. Monaco carded a 69 on Friday, the best score on the day by five strokes and only the sixth round under par in the tournament's three days. Monaco birdied five holes and only bogeyed two to finish the round at 3-under.
In other area golf happenings, the WNYPGA Professional Championship tees off Monday at Arrowhead Golf Club in Akron. Forty golfers will play 36 holes over two days, with three spots in the 2018 PGA Championship in Seaside, Calif. up for grabs. One area golfer to keep an eye on is Rob Krajewski of Williamsville, who finished second at the WNY Open and was the Low Pro at the Seneca Allegany Casino Pro-Am this year. The 34-year-old golfs out of Orchard Park Country Club and tees off in the final group at 9:40 a.m. on Monday.