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Dantonio, Creighton tie for eighth in state women’s am

Kyra Cox of Centennial Golf Club finished with a 217 over three days to edge out Lindsay May of Owasco Country Club by two strokes to win the 86th New York State Women’s Amateur Championship at the Tuscarora Golf Club in Marcellus on Thursday.

Cox shot an even-par 72 on the third day and May’s 1-under 71 wasn’t enough to move to the top.

Chelsea Dantonio (Fox Valley) and Kit Creighton (Crag Burn) shot 5-over 77 and finished at 232 to tie for eighth. Marah Penn (Crag Burn) shot a 10-over 82 to finish tied for 14th at 238 and Victoria Parker (Orchard Park) shot 9-over 81 to finish No. 19 overall with 243.

Larissa Carter, a sophomore at Radford (Va.) University, held the lead entering the day, but finished in fourth after shooting a 9-over 81 on Thursday.

Dani Mullin of Southward Ho Country Club shot even-par 72 on the final day to earn a nine-stroke victory over second-place Kim Kaul of Gowanda Country Club in the New York State Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship.

Julie Murphy of Brookfield shot a 242 to finish sixth in the Mid-Amateur division.

Around the greens

• While most of the world’s top golfers were playing across the Atlantic at the British Open, the grandson of a former Open champion grabbed the first-round lead at the PGA Tour’s Barbasol Championship on Thursday in Opelika, Ala.

Sam Saunders, whose grandfather is two-time British Open winner Arnold Palmer, posted a 7-under-par 64 on the Grand National’s Lake Course and was one shot ahead of Jason Gore in the inaugural tournament. The 27-year-old Saunders has yet to win on the PGA Tour in 45 career starts.

• Ha Na Jang of South Korea made five of her six birdies on the back nine, finishing with a 5-under-par 66 to take the first-round lead at the LPGA Marathon Classic in Sylvania, Ohio.

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