Chang takes state CHSAA girls golf championship

Tina Chang of St. Anthony's High School tees Tina Chang of St. Anthony's High School tees off on the 16th Hole of Eisenhower Park's White Course during the NYCHSAA varsity girls golf state championship. (June 4, 2012) Photo Credit: James Escher

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St. Anthony's Tina Chang won the state CHSAA girls golf championship, shooting 7-over-par 79 at the Eisenhower Park White Course Monday.

Monday's rainy weather affected the golfers early in the tournament, as no golfer shot less than 40 on the front nine.

"The weather was really rough at first," said Chang, who shot 5-over 41. "I had a hard time concentrating and I slipped up. I shouldn't have let it affect me to the extent it did, but thankfully, I was able to get it together."

Once the weather subsided, Chang got it in gear for a 2-over 38 on the back, including a birdie on the par-3 17th hole.

"I had to stay in the moment and focus on one shot at a time," she said. "I just tried to stay confident."

Senior Chang was the only golfer to finish with a score below 80. It is the first state championship of her career, and it came in her last high school competition.

"It feels really special, I'm going out with a bang," Chang said with a laugh. She will be golfing for the College of William & Mary next season.

Holy Trinity senior Taylor Lambrou finished second, beating Buffalo's Emily Connors with a par on the first extra hole. Both shot 82. "I'm satisfied with the finish, especially with how I started out on the front nine," said Lambrou, who won the Long Island CHSAA championship May 16. "I'm lucky that I was able to better my score with how I played on the back nine."

Lambrou will be golfing for Quinnipiac next season.

Rockville Centre Diocese won with a score of 417. Other Long Islanders included Sacred Heart's Stephanie Sullivan (84), Our Lady of Mercy's Hannah Pohalski (85), and Sacred Heart's Tatiana Reali (87).

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