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Winner's albatross costs St. Joe's Broad the state Fed golf title

It took a rare albatross by the winner to keep Shane Broad of St. Joe’s from capturing the New York State High School Federation golf championship on Sunday on the Bethpage Black Course on Long Island.

A 3 under-par, on the par-5 seventh hole, by champion Luke Sample helped product his winning margin over the St. Joe’s senior.

Sample, a sophomore at Trevor Day School in Manhattan, holed out a 185-yard shot for his two on No. 7.

Sample shot 6-over-par 77 while Broad was alone in second at 78 on the challenging course, which was the site of last month’s PGA Championship.

Broad finished either first or second in three major scholastic events he entered this school year.

He won the local All-Catholic Championship last fall with a 2-under-par 70 at Brierwood.

Last month, he was second with a 78 in the State Catholic High School Athletic Association tournament at James Baird State Park in Poughkeepsie. Teammate Connor MacDonald was third, and both St. Joe’s golfers qualified for the Fed tournament. MacDonald shot 99 on Sunday after finishing eighth with an 81 in 2018 on the same course.

The Fed tournament is limited to 24 golfers, six each from the NYSPHSAA, the CHSAA, the PSAL and the State Association of Independent Schools.

Sample was fifth in last year's Fed tournament at Bethpage Black, shooting an 80.

Max Van Son of Cold Spring Harbor finished one stroke behind Broad on Sunday with a 79. He was the high finisher among the six NYSPHSAA entrants.

NYSAIS golfer Jackson Gaynor of Rye Country Day was fourth, also at 79. Three NYSPHSAA entrants, Philip Minnehan (McQuaid Jesuit), Evan Sitts (Oneonta) and Shane DeVincenzo (Port Jefferson) were next at 80.

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