Adam Xiao, Shane DeVincenzo and Cristian DelVecchio all had strong performances at the state golf tournament last year, and the trio had another solid round Sunday on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course at Cornell University.
The three Long Island players each shot 5-over-par 76 on Day 1 of the boys public school state tournament, putting them among the eight players in a tie for eighth place.
Matt Ferrari (Croton-Harmon) is the leader at 1 under.
The tournament concludes Monday.
Xiao, a junior from Manhasset, won his third Nassau title in May and took second in the state tournament last season after three playoff holes.
Port Jefferson’s DeVincenzo took first in the Suffolk tournament in the fall and will be looking to improve from his sixth-place finish at states as a sophomore.
DelVecchio, a senior at Friends Academy, was 13th out of 99 players in 2017.
Sayville’s Brendan Smith (77, tied for 16th place), Long Beach’s Gordon Gerstner (78, tied for 19th) and Northport’s Pat Healy (78) are the other Long Island players in the top 20 in the 98-player field.
— Sal cacciatore