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These 3 golfers played well above par

Farmingdale's Matt Lowe tees off on the 15th

Farmingdale's Matt Lowe tees off on the 15th hole at Bethpage Black during the 2011 Long Island team championships. (June 1, 2011) Photo Credit: David Pokress


Matt Lowe

Farmingdale, Fr.

Lowe, the two-time Nassau champion, says he did not sink a putt of more than 5 feet at the Federation boys golf championship June 12.

Not that it mattered.

He shot a 1-over-72 at Bethpage Black to win the title by two strokes, and was the only L.I. golfer at the tourney to finish in the top 10.

"I was pleased with the score," Lowe said. "The thing was I hit the ball good all day but could not hit a putt."

The Farmingdale freshman trailed Scholars Academy's Xander Smith by one stroke after nine holes.

Despite calling Black's back nine "the toughest nine holes I have ever played," he hit seven greens en route to a 1-under-34.

Even with the putts not falling, Lowe still found his way to the top of the leader board.

Lowe sees only improvement on his horizon.

"I went through a swing change last year," said Lowe, who also added 18 pounds to his now 130-pound frame. "That took a lot of practice time from my short game and putting. Once those putts start dropping, I'm going to be on quite a run."


Isabelle Galantino

St. Anthony's, Sr.Galantino decided not to play high school golf her sophomore year because she wanted to focus on her musical calling as a violinist.

But she spent the next two years making up for lost time.

Galantino became the first girl to win back-to-back state CHSAA titles with a two-shot victory May 29 at Arrowhead Golf Club near Buffalo. In addition, she won back-to-back league championships, is an accomplished Metropolitan PGA Junior and compiled a 41-1 individual match record during her Friars career.

She also led St. Anthony's to an undefeated league record and was named CHSAA player of the year for the second straight year.


Christian Greco

St. Anthony's, Sr.

Greco shot even-par 72 June 3 at James Baird Golf Course in Pleasantville to win the CHSAA crown by two strokes and qualify for the Federation championship. He helped lead the Friars to second place in the CHSAA behind Chaminade.


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