Garden City's Samantha Sessa finishes third at state golf tournament

Garden City's Sam Sessa tees off on the Garden City's Sam Sessa tees off on the seventh hole of the green course on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

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Samantha Sessa wrapped up her varsity career in style last weekend, coming in third at the state girls golf tournament.

Sessa, a senior who plays for Garden City Maroon, shot a 6-over-par 150 over two days at SUNY Delhi, and headlined a strong overall performance from the tournament's Long Island contingent.

Syosset junior Liz Choi and Ward Melville junior Danielle Greene both shot a 151 to tie for the tournament's fourth-best score.

"After six years of playing at the same state tournament, it was kind of nice to place and finish on that note," Sessa said. "It was tough but I had fun doing it."

Sessa, who will golf for Gettysburg College next season, also finished in second at the state tournament as a freshman.

"It was emotional. You never thought that it would come," Sessa added on her final varsity round. "I ran over to my coaches after. It was very emotional. I was very excited, I was happy, [and] a little bit [relieved] 'cause that's a very stressful three days. But overall, it was really exciting."

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Greene, a three-time state tournament qualifier, also said she was "excited" and that she "was really happy with how I played."

Smithtown West's Kaitlin Clancy, Sayville's Shannon Haselton, Smithtown East's Alexa Niven and Peyton Greco were the other Long Island players who finished in the top 20 out of 81.

Auburn High School eighth-grader Lindsay May won the tournament with a 146.

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