Sunday marked the final varsity round for one of Long Island’s most accomplished high school golfers.
Cold Spring Harbor’s Jenny Rosenberg shot a 3-over-par 75 at Bethpage Yellow to tie for third at the NYSHSAA girls golf tournament and earn her second top-five finish. She finished with a 145 over 36 holes, which is the lowest score for a Long Island player in the 12-year history of the competition.
Lauren Peters (Carmel) topped the 79-player field with a 4-under 140. Syosset’s Malini Rudra (153) took seventh and Smithtown West’s Emily Montagnino (155) tied for eighth. (Bethpage Yellow is usually a par 71 course, but is treated as a par 72 for the state tournament.)
“I’m really happy with how things turned out,” said Rosenberg, who came into the day in a tie for second after shooting a 70 on Saturday. “I didn’t win, but that’s still OK. This was the best I’ve done in a state tournament.”
Rosenberg, a two-time Nassau County champion who will play for Tulane next season, took fifth at the state tournament at SUNY Delhi two years ago. Sayville’s Julie MacDonell (who won the event in 2010) and Garden City’s Sam Sessa (who took second in 2011) owned the previous low score for a Long Island player at the event (both shot 2-over 146s at the Delhi course when they competed).
“She grinded it out two days in a row,” Cold Spring Harbor coach Bob Colascione said. “She showed fortitude and commitment. It’s been amazing to watch her.”
Nassau took second in the intersectional competition, led by Rosenberg, Rudra and Jericho’s Emilie Guo (160), who tied for 14th. All three players, along with Montagnino, earned all-state honors by finishing in the top 20.
Rudra and Montagnino both shook off slow starts from Saturday. Rudra was 1-under over her final nine holes Saturday and shot a 74 on Sunday to earn her third consecutive top 10 finish. Montagnino shot a 73 on Sunday after shooting an 82 in her opening round.
“I’m going to miss all the friends I made here,” Rosenberg said of her time playing at the state competition. “Everyone has been so nice, helpful and supportive. It’s just been a great experience.”