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Choi wins second straight Nassau title, GC Maroon wins eighth straight

Syosset sophomore Elizabeth Choi won her second straight Nassau Individual Championship, shooting a six-over 77 on Bethpage Yellow Monday and a one-over 72 on Bethpage Green yesterday to finish with a two-day score of 149.

“I thought she did phenomenal,” Syosset coach Steve Naranjo said. “She struck the ball very well, it’s the best I’ve seen all year. She’s only a sophomore so she still has room to grow.”

Playing as the Braves’ No. 1 golfer, Choi finished the year 8-2 with a match-average of 42.

“During the year she worked on her swing, and in the last few weeks some things started to click and it all came together these last couple days,” Naranjo said. “She has a great demeanor out on the course, I’ve never seen anyone like her.”

Cold Spring Harbor eighth-grader Jen Rosenberg finished second with a 162 and Garden City Maroon junior Samantha Sessa took third with a 164.

The top nine players qualified for the State Championship at SUNY Delhi from June 7-9. The rest of the state qualifiers include Syosset’s Emily Cullen (168), Friends Academy’s Stephanie Gherlone (176) and Augusta Mayer (180), and GC Maroon’s Brittany Burke (170), Isabel Klatt (180) and Alana McAndrews (184). The three alternates will be Massapequa’s Jennifer Conlon, Great Neck South’s Jennifer York and Manhasset’s Marisa Paone.

Garden City Maroon won its eighth straight Nassau Championship with a team score of 898. Coach Reid Sclafani said the win was a little bittersweet.

“The girls weren’t too happy with their individual scores, but as a team, they were real happy to get another championship,” he said.

GC Maroon will play in the LI Championship Tuesday May 28, at Bethpage Green at 10 a.m.

“We just want to get back to work,” Sclafani said. “We have to correct a couple things from today and prepare for Tuesday. Suffolk will put forth a very strong team, so we’re looking to just be ready and put forth our best game.”

Friends Academy was second with 944 and Syosset third with 970. This is the best finish in eight years for Friends Academy, which has won 36 straight Conference I matches and three straight conference titles.

“For me personally this is so rewarding, because this has been a goal of ours,” coach Gail Baker said. “We would always play well during the regular season but for some reason finish third or forth in the counties, so it was a team goal to see if we can do better.”

She continued: “It’s a huge accomplishment for our school and for our program. The girls worked very hard over the offseason and it was really rewarding to see all the hard work pay off.”

Tags: Nassau , girls golf , championship , Elizabeth Choi , Garden City Maroon , Syosset , Friends Academy

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