Syosset girls golf's dominant present and promising future were both on display in yesterday's Long Island Championship.
The Braves' top player, senior Liz Choi, shot a 2-over 73 and their No. 2 player, eighth-grader Malini Rudra, shot an 82 to lead Syosset over Smithtown East, 421-444, at Bethpage Green.
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"It's an unbelievable feeling," said Choi, a four-time individual county champion who helped lead Syosset to a second straight Long Island title.
Choi, who will play for William & Mary next season, was particularly dominant on the back nine, where she shot a 2-under 33, and made four birdies.
"I had a rough start, but I told myself, 'If I believe in myself and trusted my swing, I could pull through.' And I pulled through!"
Choi and Rudra say they have developed a strong bond in two seasons as Syosset's top two players.
"Malini has always been my friend, and I'm proud to be a role model to her and the young golfers," Choi said.
"I love playing with Liz," Rudra said. "She always helps me when I have a bad hole. She's mentally made me stronger and more positive. I've loved having her by my side."
"Liz has really taken her under her wing and Malini really admires and looks up to Liz," Syosset coach Steve Naranjo said. "Liz is such a role model for the younger kids. Because of her demeanor and her attitude, they just absolutely love her. I really can't say enough about her. She's left a great legacy."
Leah Cullen (86), Trisha Patel (88) and Sarah Sung (92) completed the scoring for the Braves' championship effort.
Alexa Niven (84) and Cassie Hall (87) led Smithtown East, while Peyton Greco and Natalia Schaefer both shot a 39 on the back nine for the Bulls.