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July 2, 2009

 

Brown earns Nationals bid

MARCELLUS — Cortland’s Jeff Brown carded an even-par two-round total of 108 to earn top honors among male competitors ages 16-18 and overall at the CNYPGA Junior Golf Championship, which concluded Wednesday at The Links at Sunset Ridge in Marcellus.
With the victory, Brown, who will be a senior at Cortland High this fall, qualified for the 34th Junior PGA Nationals at TPC River’s Bend in Maineville, Ohio July 28-31. He fired a three-under 69 in the first round, which was suspended by rain on Tuesday and completed Wednesday, and followed that up with a three-over 39 in the shortened nine-hole second round, also on Wednesday. He was a two-stroke winner over Jeff Baldetti of Skaneateles, who finished at 110 (73-37).
“In the first round I got it going after I birdied three and four back-to-back,” Brown said. “It was my first time playing the course; I knew I was hot going in and made some birdie putts Tuesday. I shot a 32 on the front nine, and after that I felt I had a pretty good shot.
“I knew I only had a one-stroke lead after five holes (on Wednesday), and ended up extending that to three strokes with one hole left; after that I was playing to make par. I wasn’t really expecting to win, but now that I did it’s pretty nice. It wasn’t a goal of mine to qualify for nationals; if it happened, it was meant to be.”
Paul Andrews from Painted Post (73-38) and Ithaca’s Carl Schimenti (75-36) tied for third at 111 among males ages 16-18, and were joined in that deadlock for third in the overall boys’ competition by Derek Bard from New Hartford (74-37), who was the top male ages 13-15.
Freeville’s Brett Conger tied for 15th in the male 13-15 category with 128 (84-44) and tied for 37th overall. Cortland’s Brian Hughes was 19th among males 13-15 at 131 (86-45) and tied for 42nd overall. Trumansburg’s Danny Lapp won the male 12-under category with a 39.
Rebecca Studin from Ithaca won the overall and 16-18 competitions among females with total of 125 (83-42). Syracuse’s Millie Oakes won the female 13-15 category at 146 (97-51), while Larissa Carter of Auburn had a 45 to win the female 12-under competition.