Long Islander Jennifer Rosenberg, a junior at Tulane University, shot 3-under-par 70 Tuesday to lead the first round of the 90th New York State Women's Amateur Golf Championship at the Lancaster Country Club.
Defending champion Jenna Hoecker of Brook-Lea in Rochester and Teresa Cleland, a three-time champion from the Bellevue CC in Syracuse, were tied for the lead in the opening round of the 11th NYS Women’s Mid-Amateur (ages 25 and over), which is being run concurrently with the Amateur.
Rosenberg, who is from Laurel Hollow and is a member at the Glen Oaks Club in Old Westbury, had six birdies in her round as she gained a one-stroke lead over Christy Schultz of Brook-Lea Country Club in Rochester.a
"I was making pars and then here and there making a birdie," said Rosenberg, who made first team All-American Athletic Conference last spring. "My putting struggled on the front, but then all of sudden, I started making every putt and had four birdies in a row which really helped my round. If you can make putts, you can shoot anything."
Sydney Shaw of the Orchard Park CC, Chelsea Dantonio of Crag Burn and Maren Cipolla of the Park Club were tied for for third place in the Amateur at 76, 3 over par. Defending champion Kyra Cox of the Centennial Golf Club in Carmel was also at 76.
Christy Malo of Park Country Club had the best round among Western New York entrants in the Mid-Am. Malo was at 8-over 81. Julie Murphy (Brookfield) was alone in eighth place after her 85. Barbara Rieman (Fox Valley) was at 91.
On Wednesday, both the Amateur and Mid-Amateur fields will play another 18 holes of stroke play. Then the field will be cut to the low 50 percent and ties as well as anyone within 10 strokes of the league for the final round on Thursday.
Bona-bound LaCongo leads BDGA Junior stroke-play event
Andrew LaCongo of Holland, who is signed to play at St. Bonaventure, shot 2-under par 69 to lead after the first of two rounds in Buffalo District Golf Association Boys Junior Stroke Play Championship at Transit Valley.
Ryan Hart, son of PGA pro Dudley Hart, is one stroke back at 70. Hart plays out of the Country Club of Buffalo.
Anthony Delisanti (Willowbrook) was alone in third place with 4-over 75.
Robbie Cehulik of Lockport (NYSGA e-Club WNY) shot 71 to lead the Boys Sub-Junior Division by two strokes over Jacob Dantonio (Crag Burn).
Angeline Perillo of Lancaster and the Fox Valley Club owned an 11-stroke lead in the Girls Junior Division. Perillo shot 5-over 76. Next is Amie Scherrer (Park CC) at 87.
Ten-year-old Lily Zhang (Park CC) shot 39 for nine holes to lead the Girls Sub-Junior Division. Carmella Carlisi of the Oceanside Country Club in was three strokes back.
Another 18-hole on Wednesday will decide the Boys Junior and Sub-Junior and Girls Junior titles. The Girls Sub-Juniors will play another nine-hold round.