The 2024 Newsday All-Long Island girls golf team. From left:...

The 2024 Newsday All-Long Island girls golf team. From left: Madison Chen of Manhasset, Catherine Slade of Kellenberg, Audrey Chen of Wheatley, Palwasha Ali of Glenn, Caylin Wong of Great Neck and Coach Matthew Corrigan of Great Neck. Credit: James Escher

Newsday Golfer of the Year: Catherine Slade, Kellenberg, Sr.

As Catherine Slade stood at the 18th tee box, she thought about the past 12 years she had been playing golf and how this was her proudest moment.

The Kellenberg senior shot an 11-over par 83 at Silver Lake Golf Course on Staten Island to capture her first CHSAA girls golf title.

“I can’t recall a shot that I wasn’t extremely happy with,” Slade said. “I had complete concentration. My mental game was on point. I was very proud of myself to realize that finally my mental game was there. It was a beautiful moment.”

Catherine Slade of Kellenberg at the CHSAA individual championship at...

Catherine Slade of Kellenberg at the CHSAA individual championship at Eisenhower Park. Credit: Dawn McCormick

Slade noted that the hilly and narrow course posed a challenge for her, but having cheerleaders on the course boosted her confidence.

“Me and Bridget [LaRosa] would never go against each other. We always pick each other up, shot after shot,” Slade said of her Kellenberg teammate. “My dad was also watching from the gates. I saw him on every hole, and it was a confidence boost to see him there just cheering me on.”

“She’s always having fun with her teammates and it helps her out there,” Kellenberg coach Keith Doran said. “Everyone was so proud of her.”

“I just couldn’t be prouder of how I played," LaRosa said. "It was a culminating moment.”

Palwasha Ali, Glenn, Jr.

Ali captured the Suffolk individual crown when she shot a 157, six strokes better than any other golfer, at Middle Island Country Club. She also was the top female finisher from Long Island at the state championships, tying for 10th with an 8-over 152.

Audrey Chen, Wheatley, Jr.

Chen shot a 162 at the Nassau championship to finished tied for seventh. She fired a 14-over 158 to tie for 16th at the state championships.

Madison Chen, Manhasset, Soph.

Chen was the runner-up at the Nassau championship with a 3-under 139. She tied for 21st at the state championships with rounds of 82 and 78 for a two-day total of 160.

Ella Girard, Ward Melville, Soph.

Girard shot an 80 on the second day of the Suffolk championship at Middle Island. She tied for 23rd at the state championships with a 17-over 161.

Grace London, St. Anthony’s, Sr.

London captured her second CHSAA title with an 82 at Eisenhower Red. She also won the 2022 championship as a sophomore.

Elie Poremba, Southampton, Fr.

Poremba led the Mariners to the county team title after shooting an 82 and an 87 for two-day total of 169 at Middle Island. She finished fifth individually in the event.

Caylin Wong, Great Neck District, Soph.

Wong was crowned the Nassau individual champion and guided Great Neck District to another county championship by shooting a 4-under 138 at the two-day event. She tied for 14th at the state championship with rounds of 78 and 79 at The Edison Club in Rexford.

Coach of the Year: Matthew Corrigan, Great Neck District

Corrigan led Great Neck District to its fifth consecutive county title this season.


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