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Snak leads Smithtown West to girls golf crown

Smithtown West's Victoria Snak follows the flight of

Smithtown West's Victoria Snak follows the flight of her ball from a fairway shot to the 8th green. (May 23, 2013) Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

Smithtown West won the Suffolk girls golf championship Thursday with a county-record score of 857 at Middle Island Country Club. It is the Bulls' fourth county title in its 16-year program history.

"It feels tremendous,'' coach Tom Kane said. "This team just kept improving. I've never had a team like that. This team could be the best team in Suffolk history; it's definitely the best team I've ever coached.''

Smithtown East (893) finished second and Sayville (989) took third.

Smithtown West senior Victoria Snak became the second player in school history to win the county individual championship, finishing with a two-day total of 156. Her teammate, Kaitlin Clancy, took second with 157. According to Kane, it's the first time that two players from the same school finished 1-2 in the county tournament.

"It was pretty emotional for me,'' Kane said. "It's very special for me to have two golfers finish first and second.''

Senior Emily Doveala finished eighth with 175 to also qualify for the state championship.

Smithtown West will face Garden City Maroon in the Long Island championship at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Bethpage Green.

"We're looking forward to it, I think it's going to be a great championship,'' Kane said. "We know Garden City Maroon is a great team, but this is the best team I've ever coached, so it's going to be an interesting match.''

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