Valley Sports Report for Penn York Valley


Valley Sports Report
ITHACA — Tioga sophomore Sam Taylor struggled again Monday on the second day of the New York State boys golf championships, shooting a 93 here on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course at Cornell University.

Taylor, who shot rounds of 79 and 84 at the State Qualifier at the Robert Trent Jones course two weeks ago, posted a career-worst two-day total of 189.

“Unfortunately Sam just has been off the last couple weeks and in golf it's hard to get out of a rut overnight, especially on a tough course and in windy conditions,” said Tioga coach Dave Sickler.

Taylor, who started on the 10th hole for the second straight day, shot a 49 on the back nine with just one par. He shot a 44 on the front nine, including pars on the finals two holes.

In his first two trips to States, Taylor shot two-day totals of 166 (82-84) to finish 59th as an 8th-grader, and 156 (80-76) to finish 17th as a freshman.

Manhasset junior Adam Xiao shot a tournament-low 67 to rally past first-round leader Matt Ferrari of Croton for a two-stroke victory.

Xiao shot a two-day total of 143, while Ferrari, also a junior, shot a 145, and Pittsford junior Jack Bailey was third with a 146 after shooting an even-par 71 on Monday. Xiao was runner-up last year, losing in a three-hole playoff.

Oneonta’s Evan Sitts was Section IV’s top finisher, tied for fifth with a two-day total of 149. He shot 73 on Sunday and 76 on Monday.

Section IV finished sixth in the team standings, 51 shots off the pace of Section V, which claimed the title with a 70-over par team title, thanks to a plus-22 round on Monday.


IN PHOTO: Tioga’s Sam Taylor.

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