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Northern Junior golf championships Cox claims girls title

August 8, 2018

MILFORD — Her third win in the past two months was right there for Kyra Cox, a long two-putt for the win on the 36th hole of the Northern Junior on Wednesday at Great River Golf Club.

“It was nerve-wracking,” said Cox, whose putting hasn’t always kept up with the rest of her game, she said. “It was definitely a really big stage to be on, the last hole, a lot of pressure. I just tried to stay calm.”

Cox, from South Salem, N.Y., finished off an even-par round of 72 to finish 2 over par for the tournament, one ahead of Malini Rudra of Syosset, N.Y., and Bailey Davis of White Plains, Md.

“I’ve been consistent,” Cox said. “I really kept calm and stayed in my game.”

Cox, who is headed for Furman, was coming off a win at the Liberty National Junior. She also won the New York State Women’s Amateur.

“I’ve been hitting fairways,” she said. “I’ve picked up a lot of distance, so I’ve been having short clubs into the green and really sticking them.”

The boys still had eight groups on the course when the horn blew just before 5 p.m., with lightning detected off in the distance, much like Tuesday night, when the girls competition was interrupted a couple of times.

Ben James of Milford, playing his home course, had a five-shot lead over Shane DeVincenzo of Port Jefferson, N.Y., through 13 holes at last report. James, who led after one round by one shot, had been three ahead at the turn.

It was another 90-degree, humid scorcher, and few golfers were going particularly low on a tough course.

“It was less windy today” than Tuesday, said Maisie Filler of Bloomfield, whose 71 Wednesday was the only girls round of the tournament below par; she finished fourth, two shots behind Cox.

“The pins were a little harder today,” Filler added. “But I was more confident in my game. I kind of let loose and played my game.”

Filler said she saw she was a few shots behind on 16 and hit her approach shot on the par 4 to about a foot.

“I think it’s a really special tournament,” Filler said. “Its a memorial tournament (for Stan Trojanowski). It’s always nice to come out and play.”

Newtown’s Sarah Houle tied for eighth, six shots behind Cox. Emily Cohen of Darien finished 13th. Greenwich’s Sydney Nethercott and Kathryn Dzialga took 23rd and 25th, with New Canaan’s Meghan Mitchell tied for 26th.

John Updike of Wayne, Pa., was the first boys golfer to break par Wednesday, carding a 68 just before the horn blew. He finished at 1 under par, seven shots behind James.

Will Lodge of Darien, three groups ahead of Updike, shot a 73 Wednesday for a two-day 6-over-par 150.

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17th Northern Junior Championship

(at Great River Golf Club, par 72)

Final round

Girls: 146: Kyra Cox, South Salem, N.Y. (74-72). 147: Malini Rudra, Syosset, N.Y. (75-72); Bailey Davis, White Plains, Md (74-73). 148: Maisie Filler, Bloomfield (77-71). 150: Kaitlyn Lee, Scarsdale, N.Y. (75-75). 151: Rylie Heflin, Avondale, Pa. (75-76); Gio Kim, Upper Saddle River, N.J. (73-78). 152: Sarah Houle, Newtown (75-77); Emma Shen, Tenafly, N.J. (77-75); Taylor Miano, Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. (75-77). 153: Addy Douglas, Newport, R.I. (72-81). 154: Samantha Yao, Berwin, Pa. (74-80). 155: Emily Cohen, Darien (81-74). 157: Mariel Isabella Tee, Philippines (80-77). 159: Katie Li, Basking Ridge, N.J. (80-79); Faith Francioso, Wantagh, N.Y. (82-77). 160: Shivani Vora, Dover, N.H. (81-79). 161: Amanda Levy, Bethesda, Md (80-81). 163: Emma Lee, Englewood Cliffs, N.J. (80-83); Julie Zhang, Tampa, Fla. (84-79); Melissa Meng, Blacksburg, Va. (82-81); Mia Grzywinski, Farmington (79-84). 164: Sydney Nethercott, Greenwich (85-79). 166: Paige Diecidue, Smithtown, N.Y. (85-81). 167: Kathryn Dzialga, Greenwich (82-85).

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