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Manhasset’s Adam Xiao wins Nassau individual golf title

Manhasset's Adam Xiao takes first place in the

Manhasset's Adam Xiao takes first place in the Nassau boys golf championships held at Bethpage State Park Red Course on Wednesday May 24, 2017. Credit: Richard T. Slattery

Adam Xiao did it again.

The Manhasset sophomore shot a 143 over 36 holes at Bethpage State Park this week to win the Nassau individual boys golf championship for the second straight season. Xiao shot an even-par 72 on Tuesday at Bethpage Blue and a 1-over 71 at Bethpage Red on Wednesday.

The tournament came down to the final hole, as Xiao made an impressive bunker shot to set up a five-foot putt that clinched the title.

“I made a good save on that last hole,” he said. “Coming in, I didn’t want to go right, but I hit it left [off the tee], then I hit it short, and just made an awesome up-and-down.”

“He was rock solid the whole way,” Manhasset coach Chuck Collyer said. “Getting up-and-down from that bunker on 18 was unbelievable. He knows he has to get it or he faces the possibility of a playoff. And he did it. But it was no surprise. He does many things that don’t surprise me anymore.”

Xiao held off Friends Academy teammates Cristian DelVecchio and Will Parker, who both shot a 144 to tie for second. Delvecchio shot a 68 on Day 1 and Parker shot a 70 on Wednesday.

“I had an idea how well they were playing, so to beat them both by a shot is very cool,” Xiao said.

DelVecchio, Parker and Erik Zetterstrom (153) helped Friends Academy capture the team title for the second time in three years. The Quakers posted an aggregate score of 762 to edge reigning champion Manhasset, which had a 789.

“It’s a great group of kids with a lot of talent that also puts in a lot of hard work,” Friends Academy coach Geoff Nelson said.

Roslyn’s David Goldstein (146), Wheatley’s Ted Lewis (147), South Side’s Ryan McCarthy (150), Manhasset’s Chris Thompson (152) and Port Washington’s Jacob Fain (154) rounded out the top nine, which qualified for the state tournament that begins on June 3 at Cornell.

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