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Ditcher tops state Junior Am qualifier

Nolan Ditcher of the Cardinal Hills Golf Club in Randolph topped the local qualifier Tuesday for the 73rd New York State Junior Amateur Championship. Ditcher, who will be a senior at Randolph Central, shot 2 over par 74 to earn one of the 10 spots in the state tournament at Cedar Lake Club in Clayville on Aug. 4-5. Ditcher tied for 11th in last year’s State Junior Amateur.

Other qualifiers were: Mitchell Smith (Orchard Park) and John Dantonio Jr. (Fox Valley) with 76s, Casey Woodward (Lancaster), Jacob Mertz (Park), Zach Farkas (Brighton Park) with 78, Joey Rinaldi (CC Buffalo) 79, and Alex Gibbons (Lancaster), Alex Prise (Crag Burn) and Christopher Yustin (Transit Valley) with 80s. Kevin Halpern (Tan Tara) and Matthew Santora (CCB) are the first and second alternates, respectively.