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Syosset's Elizabeth Choi seeks another Nassau golf title

Syosset's Elizabeth Choi follows through on her second

Syosset's Elizabeth Choi follows through on her second stroke on the 17th Hole of Bethpage State Park's Green Course during Day 2 of the Nassau County girls golf championships. Credit: James Escher, 2012

Syosset golfer Elizabeth Choi's approach to the game has been remarkably consistent.

Her success has been remarkably consistent as well.

The junior golfer won the last two Nassau County individual championships, and has qualified for the state tournament every year since she was in seventh grade.

"I play like the game's against myself," said Choi, who said this helps her tune out expectations and the competition to focus on what she has to do.

Choi says her focus is on "playing to the best to my own ability," and not worrying about anything else.

The results have followed.

In addition to the consecutive county crowns, Choi finished in fourth as a freshman and sixth last season at the state tournament at SUNY-Delhi.

This season, she's eyeing another strong performance at the competition. "My goal is to finish at the top of states," Choi said. "I'm looking forward to it."

She will also look to help Syosset succeed. Choi finished 8-2 in dual meet competitions last year.

"The team is very motivated and working hard together," she said. "We have a great chance of being team champion."

They will have to contend with Garden City Maroon, which has won eight straight county titles and four out of the last six Long Island championships.

This season, Garden City Maroon will be led by senior Samantha Sessa, another golfer to watch.

Sessa, a starter since her seventh-grade season, finished in third at the county tournament last season. She has also finished in the top-10 at the state tournament every season since she was a freshman, including a second-place finish at states her freshman year.

This season, Sessa will join fellow senior Britney Burke and sophomores Isabel Klatt and Ilana McAndrews on another formidable Garden City Maroon team.

In Suffolk, strong-swinging senior Kaitlin Clancy leads a Smithtown West squad looking to repeat as county champion.

Challengers in Suffolk will include Smithtown East, headlined by Alexa Niven, Sayville, led by senior Shannon Hazelton, and East Islip, which features sisters Cathy Marku and Justina Marku.

Kellenberg's CHSAA title defense will be led by top starter Nicolette Dilluvio, while Holy Trinity will be looking to avenge a one-shot loss to Kellenberg in last season's playoffs. Holy Trinity will feature returning starters Gabriel Pontes, Brook Reynolds, Michelle Reynold and Emily Sgouros.

Sacred Heart's Tatiana Reali and Stephanie Brown of St. Anthony's will be other golfers to watch in the CHSAA.

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