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Leftovers: Smithtown West wins Suffolk title
Here is my story on Smithtown West winning the girls golf championship with extra notes and quotes:
Smithtown West won the Suffolk County Championship yesterday with a county-record score of 857 at Middle Island Country Club. This is the Bulls’ fourth county title in its 16-year program history.
“It feels tremendous,” coach Tom Kane said. “This team just kept improving, I’ve never had a team like that. Every single player on the team kept getting better and that was really the key. This team could be the best team in Suffolk history, it’s definitely the best team I’ve ever coached.”
Smithtown East finished second with 893 and Sayville took third with 989.
After Smithtown East won the county title the past two years, Kane credited his friendly rivals for setting the bar high.
“Smithtown East is a tremendous team,” he said. “For the last two years they’ve set a standard that we’ve tried to meet, and I think we did this year. We knew they were a great team and we had to keep practicing to get better so we can beat them.”
Smithtown West senior Victoria Snak became the second player in school history to win the county championship, finishing with a two-day total of 156. Snak has been on the team for six years and has qualified for the county and state tournaments every year.
“She’s played at an unbelievable level for six years,” Kane said. “This is her best year by far. She has a great all-around game and a tremendous attitude. She’s the most accomplished player I’ve ever had.”
Smithtown West junior Kaitlin Clancy took second with 157. According to Kane, it’s the first time in county history that two players from the same school finished 1-2 in the county tournament.
“It was pretty emotional for me,” Kane said. “We never talk about winning, I just want them to do their best and that’s exactly what they did. It’s very special for me to have two golfers finish first and second.”
Senior Emily Doveala finished eighth with 175 to also qualify for the state championship, which will be held June 7-9 at SUNY Delhi.The other state qualifiers include Ward Melville’s Danielle Greene (161), Sayville’s Shannon Haselton (170), Bayport-Blue Point’s Annie Caminiti (172), and Smithtown East’s Peyton Greco (169), Alexa Niven (170) and Cassie Hall (176).
Smithtown West will face Garden City Maroon in the Long Island Championship on May 28 at Bethpage Green at 10 a.m.
“We’re looking forward to it, I think it’s gonna be a great championship,” Kane said. “We know Garden City Maroon is a great team, but this is the best team I’ve ever coached so it’s gonna be an interesting match. We’re just gonna go out and enjoy it”