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Ward Melville’s Mackedon finishes second at states

Gerry Mackedon surged Monday to complete the best state tournament from a Long Island boys golfer in two decades.

Mackedon shot a 4-over-par 146 over two rounds at Cornell to tie for second in the state public school tournament. The Ward Melville senior shot a par 71 Monday, and a 75 on Sunday. Bronxville’s Conor Daly was the only player in the 99-player field with a lower score, and he won the tournament with a 145.

Sayville’s Jesse Fitzgerald was the last Long Island golfer to finish in a better place when he won the state title in 1996.

Mackedon came into Monday’s round tied for 12th, but as his coach Bob Spira said, “Gerry doesn’t like to be down, so he just buckles down. He doesn’t stay down for long . . . It was fantastic. I know he really wanted to be on top of the state. He’s very competitive. But second in the state is nothing to sneeze at, at all.”

Mackedon, who also won the Suffolk title in May, will play for St. John’s next season.

Huntington’s Tyler Gerbavsits shot a 150 to tie for 10th, and Southampton’s Christian Oakley came in 13th with a 152. Ryan McCarthy was Nassau’s top finisher, tying for 20th with a 155 and Sayville’s Michael Nadeau tied for 23rd with a 156.

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