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Can anyone beat Garden City in girls golf?

Garden City High School senior Laura Ketigian, a

Garden City High School senior Laura Ketigian, a member of the varsity girls golf team, practices at Cherry Valley Club's putting range. (March 28, 2012) Photo Credit: James Escher

NASSAU

Garden City is the team to beat after winning the Long Island championship, its third in the past four years, and returning seven players this year.

But the road to successfully defending its title will not be easy, and the Trojans are aware of the growing competition in Nassau.

"Syosset is always tough; they have two strong returning players and some other improving players behind them," senior Alex Michielini said. "There are a lot of new teams on the rise so it'll be interesting to see how they do. It should be fun."

Syosset poses the biggest threat to Garden City with three returning starters.

"We'll definitely be competitive," coach Steve Naranjo said. " is a great team so it'll be difficult. They're the summit, they're the team we're looking up at."

Senior Rohini Rudra returns for her final year and she is looking to make it a good one. Rudra has not lost a regular-season match in her high school career, according to Naranjo. Elizabeth Choi also adds experience even though she is just a freshman; this will be her third year with the team. Naranjo also mentioned junior Emilie Cullen as an up-and-comer.

Senior Jamie Genatt and junior Augusta Mayer return to lead Friends Academy, which finished last season with a 10-0 record.

Manhasset is another young team on the rise that can be competitive this year after finishing third in the county last season. Seniors Catherine Blando, Regan McCooey and Alexa Lopez will lead the team.

 

SUFFOLK

Smithtown East is looking to continue the success of last year's team that went 12-0 and won the first Suffolk championship in program history. This year's team features a mix of youth and experience. Seniors Carly Peters, Lindsay Selman and Casey Pollock will be the veteran leaders. Peters qualified for the state championships last year. Coach Bob Woods mentioned that eighth-graders Peyton Greco, Alex Niven and Cassie Hall are looking to have big years and their performance will be important to the team's success.

Junior Victoria Snak and sophomore Kaitlin Clancy return to lead Smithtown West, which finished second in the county championship last year. Snak and Clancy were state qualifiers last season.

Senior Krissy Unger returns to lead Northport and defend her Suffolk individual championship.

Senior Kristina Ly returns for Mount Sinai after finishing in 12th place at the state championships.

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