The field of Nassau girls golfers is loaded with talent, but last year, all of them looked up to Jenny Rosenberg at the top of the leader board.
The Cold Spring Harbor senior is determined to keep it that way.
Rosenberg won the Nassau individual championship last season, after coming in third as a freshman and second as a sophomore.
“There’s a little more pressure on me, now that I won Nassau county, but honestly I’m trying not to think about it and just do my thing like I did last year,” she said.
Rosenberg is one of three golfers from Nassau who finished in the top 20 at the state tournament, and Syosset’s Malini Rudra and Jericho’s Emilie Guo are both also back this year, ensuring the competition will be strong at the top.
“It motivates me and makes me strive to be a better player,” Rosenberg said of the competition. Rudra and Guo tied for eighth in the state last season and Rosenberg came in 19th. In 2015, Rosenberg came in fifth and Rudra came in sixth.
Rosenberg added that the competition is friendly. “They’re my good friends and they’re really good players,” she said of her fellow top golfers.
“She’s very steadfast in terms of her game,” coach Bob Colascione said. “She’s like a professional. But what I like about her most is that she is a role model. We have a lot of new kids and she’s working with every single one. They look up to her.”
It is a role she has relished and she said she might consider being a coach or golf teacher in the future. “I love teaching them little tips that can help them be better players,” Rosenberg said. “That’s been a great experience.”
For all the individual success she has had, the six-year varsity player said the team component has been her favorite part of playing high school golf. “I love being a part of a team,” she said. “All the girls help. It’s great to know you’re not alone and they always motivate me to do better.”
Rosenberg will play for Tulane in the fall after she competes in the Maccabiah Games in Israel in July, where she will be one of six players representing the United States.
For now, though, Rosenberg said she is focused on the upcoming season: “I’m just trying to grow as a player and really take in that this is my last year and do as well as I can.”
GOLFERS TO WATCH
Emilie Guo, Jericho, Jr.
Tied for eighth in the state tournament.
Ashley Harding, Kellenberg, Jr.
Harding won the CHSAA individual championship and helped the Firebirds win the league team title.
Emily Montagnino, Smithtown West, Jr.
Montagnino tied for 22nd at last year’s state tournament, making her Suffolk’s top returning player.
Malini Rudra, Syosset, So.
She tied for eighth in the state tournament to earn a second consecutive top-10 finish and was second in the county tournament.
Jennifer Rosenberg, Cold Spring Harbor, Sr.
The reigning Nassau individual champion also finished 19th in the state tournament.