Wintersteen, Spacciapolli finish at golf states
REXFORD — Kennedy Swedick is once again back on top of New York State Public High School Athletic Association girl’s golf. Swedick represented Albany Academy for Girls and Section II well as she finished 5-under with a gross two-day total of 139 to win the state championship at The Edison Club golf course on Monday.
Cassadaga Valley’s Jocelyn Wintersteen finished the highest among local girls at 49th with three other competitors. Wintersteen improved by one stroke on Monday, shooting a 91 for 39-over at 183.
“Jocelyn played another solid round today,” Cassadaga Valley coach Jenny Ringler stated. “She has great composure and focus on the course. She hit some outstanding shots today and has a lot to be proud of. Jocelyn has a great career ahead of her and I’m looking forward to seeing her compete at the state championship for many more years to come.”
Right behind Wintersteen was Fredonia’s Juli Spacciapolli who tied with two others in 62nd by going 44-over with 188 on the two-day total. Spacciapolli matched her Sunday score of 94 with another 94 on Monday.
“Juli had another terrific day,” Fredonia coach Alex Conti stated. “She maintained great composure. She had a couple fantastic shots, highlighted by a 50-yard hole out for par. Her father, Larry, and Juli should be very proud of her efforts. Larry’s been coaching Juli for all her life and deserves an awful lot of credit. Juli’s just a junior and I’m certain she’s excited for the chance to come back and have another fantastic weekend next year.”
Jamestown’s Nilla Ecklof finished tied for 92nd with one other competitor. Ecklof fired a 73-over 217.
“Nilla had a great weekend,” Jamestown coach Joe Salvaggio added. “We all want to play our best on the biggest stage, but that doesn’t always happen. She knows what parts of her game she needs to work on, and I know she will use this experience as motivation to improve as a player.”