SJB's Reilly nearly wins state CHSAA title

Mark Reilly of St. John the Baptist tees

Mark Reilly of St. John the Baptist tees off from the eighth hole of James Baird State Park Golf Course during the NYCHSAA varsity boys golf state finals. (June 1, 2012) (Credit: James Escher)

St. John the Baptist junior Mark Reilly finished second at the state CHSAA golf championship Friday, losing to Fordham's Cameron Young in a sudden-death playoff at James Baird State Park in Pleasant Valley.

Both Reilly and Young shot 2-under-par 70, forcing a playoff on the par-4 first hole. Reilly bogeyed and Young made par for the win.

Every golfer had to play the first hole twice because the 17th hole was under repair. Reilly and Young played it three times due to the tie. Reilly made par on his first two attempts, but struggled to get the ball on the green on his third try, resulting in the bogey.

It was Reilly's second straight sudden-death playoff in a high school tournament. He birdied the first extra hole to win the Long Island CHSAA championship May 24.

Reilly had a 3-over 40 on his first nine holes Friday, but he picked it up on his back nine with a 5-under 30, including three birdies and an eagle on his 11th hole of the day, the par-5 second, to get to 2 under.

"That eagle was big for me, it got me pumped to try and keep bettering my score," he said.

The top six golfers qualified for the state Federation Cup on June 10.

"I expect to play the best I can and if I play my best, I expect to win," Reilly said.

Holy Trinity's Andrew Rosch (75) and Chris Lambrou (77) finished fourth and fifth, respectively, to also qualify.

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