Shane DeVincenzo’s golf game is all about consistency. His drives are under control. His short game is impressive. And he rarely makes mistakes.
That consistent approach has enable the Port Jefferson senior to win back-to back Suffolk High School golf titles.
DeVincenzo defended his golf championship with a sterling 1-under-par 70 at the Rock Hill Golf Course on Wednesday. His aggregate score for the two-day event was a 143, seven shots better than senior Turner Foster of East Hampton, who had a two-day score of 150.
Whatever good vibes DeVincenzo was feeling after he ignored cooler temperatures in Tuesday’s round to score a 2-over 73 were obvious early on during Wednesday’s final round.
He birdied the first and fourth holes to open a six-shot lead and virtually cruise to the championship.
“It was warmer and very windy on Wednesday, but I played all my shots on a lower trajectory and that helped with distance and control,” DeVincenzo said. “I never really got into any trouble and felt very confident out there. I just tried to stay consistent.”
DeVincenzo, who is committed to play golf at Fairfield University next fall, will compete for the boys state golf championship at the Robert Trent Jones Course at Cornell University in early June. The 5-9, 150-pounder, will be making his fourth appearance in the state tournament where he finished sixth as a sophomore and 13th as a junior.
“I’ve never seen anything quite like his two-day run to the title,” Port Jefferson coach Chuck Ruoff said. “He was extremely focused and so consistent in making his shots. On the second day of play he was able to really enjoy himself with a big lead and that was fun to see. I’m looking forward to our trip to Cornell in the spring and his chance to win the state title.”
DeVincenzo said the difference in his second round was his short game.
“I made a few of the longer putts,” he said. “And while I don’t think anything really stands out in my game, my chipping is my best attribute and it’s all feel for me, not really anything mechanical.”
DeVincenzo finished with five birdies, nine pars and four bogeys to win decisively.
“His short game is really something to watch,” Ruoff said. “It definitely separates him from the competition.”
Ward Melville won the team title, led by senior Alex Korkuc, who finished third in the individual tournament with a score of 154 and qualified for the state tournament.