NEW YORK STATE GIRLS GOLF: TOMASSO EARNS ALL-STATE HONORS WITH CAREER-BEST 18TH-PLACE FINISH AT STATES (21 PHOTOS) (2019-06-02)
LADY WOLVERINES FINISH EIGHTH IN TEAM STANDINGS
Valley Sports Report
BROCKPORT, N.Y. — Waverly senior Alex Tomasso, a six-year state qualifier, capped a brilliant high school career with her best showing — 18th place — at the two-day New York State girls golf championships here at Deerfield Country Club.
Tomasso, who shot an 85 on Saturday’s Round 1 and was tied for 20th, added a round of 87, despite playing her first 10 holes in cold and rainy conditions.
The top-20 finish earns Tomasso all-state status for the second time in her career. She also earned the “Sportsmanship Award” for the second time in her career.
“The conditions were brutal. Alex (Tomasso) started on the four toughest holes, and that’s when it was raining the hardest,” said Waverly coach Pete Girolamo. “She made four bogeys in a row, but she kept grinding.
“She was making shots, but it was so wet,” noted Girolamo. “She was in 24th at the turn, then she made six pars in a row. A lot of kids folded down the stretch because it was so tough, but she kept grinding.
“She made all-state, and it was not easy to do,’ he added. “The 108 best players in New York State were there and she finished 18th — that’s extremely impressive.”
Girolamo said Tomasso’s impact on the program, which currently has the longest regular-season win streak in New York State at 118 — cannot be measured.
“Alex has had an unbelievable career,” said Girolamo. “She has been a real pleasure to coach, and has been a fantastic part of our program.
“She qualified for States six times,” noted Girolamo. “I don’t think that’s ever been done before.
“She’s one of those kids who comes along once in a great while,” he added.
Alex Tomasso finished 77th as a 7th-grader, and was 51st as an 8th-grader and as a freshman. She finished 20th as a sophomore, and 28th last year as a junior.
Sophomore Sidney Tomasso, who shot a 98 on Saturday, carded a 101 Sunday to tie for 65th with a two-day total of 199.
“All things considered, I think Sidney played well today,” said Girolamo. “I think this will help her over the next couple years.”
Medina junior Melanie Green repeated as state champ, shooting a 1-over par round of 73 Sunday for a two-day total of 145, edging out Unadilla Valley 8th-grader Bailey Shoemaker, who shot matching rounds of 73 for a two-day total of 146. Last year, Green beat Shoemaker by two strokes.
In the team standings, Waverly, playing without two of its top four players, finished eighth with a two-day four-player aggregate tally of 881, well off the pace of Section 1 Scarsdale, which captured the team title with a two-day total of 709.
Sophomore Haley Kittle shot a 124 for a two-day total of 243, and sophomore Gretchen Sowle added a 129 for a two-day total of 267.
“Gretchen (Sowle) and Haley (Kittle) have never played at States before, and they shot big scores, but it was a great learning experience for them,” said Girolamo.
Section IV also finished eighth in the Sectional all-star standings with a two-day, nine-player aggregate tally of 1,316. Section 1 claimed the title with 1,133.
IN PHOTOS 1-9: Waverly senior Alex Tomasso. IN PHOTO 10-13: Waverly sophomore Sidney Tomasso. IN PHOTO 14-16: Waverly sophomore Haley Kittle. IN PHOTOS 17-21: Waverly junior