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.
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"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).