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Kellenberg's Nicolette Dilluvio finishes second in CHSAA golf tournament

Nicolette Dilluvio from Kellenberg tees off in the

Nicolette Dilluvio from Kellenberg tees off in the rain at the CHSAA girls golf state championships at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow on Tuesday, June 2, 2015. Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Kellenberg's Nicolette Dilluvio said before teeing off Tuesday that she was worried a steady rain would adversely impact her score.

A birdie on the first hole eased those concerns and set the tone for the day.

Dilluvio shot a 4-over-par 76 to finish second in the CHSAA girls golf state championship at Eisenhower Blue. Staten Island's Sarah Perine was the winner with a 71.

"I was nervous because I didn't think I would play well. The conditions were really rough," Dilluvio said. "The first tee, I was thinking 'hit it on the fairway and get it started.' I hit a good tee shot and I got comfortable."

She would make her birdie putt on the par-5 hole, and shot 2-over 38 on both the front and back nine.

"It's amazing because I accomplished my goal of shooting a good round and doing well in the tournament," the junior said. "To be second in the state? That's pretty cool."

Though the rain subsided midway through the round, it still left the greens wet, slowing the putts.

"They were also very bumpy," Dilluvio said of the greens. "If you would hit a hard putt, it would bounce everywhere and wouldn't get to the hole. What I tried to do is make sure I aimed straight at the hole, and hit it hard and to the back of the cup."

Despite the conditions, she said that putting and chipping were the strongest parts of her game Tuesday, adding "my short game really improved from last year to this year."

"She just has poise and patience, and is never afraid to play her best and bring out the best in everyone else," Kellenberg coach Keith Doran said. "She's been the best golfer on Kellenberg for the last three years and I'm extremely proud of everything she's done for the Kellenberg golf team."

St. Anthony's Stephanie Browne, Kellenberg's Ashley Harding, St. John the Baptist's Annie Lucatuorto, and Holy Trinity's Therese Murphy joined Dilluvio in qualifying for the NYSPHSAA state tournament, which begins June 13 at SUNY Delhi.

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