Pennington finishes ninth in state

Rondout Valley sophomore Amber Pennington posted the fourth-best score of the final round, carding a 1-over-par 73, to top all Section 9 golfers at the state championship at Bethpage’s Yellow Course in Farmingdale.

Pennington, the two-time Section 9 champion, moved from 23rd to ninth place (12-over 156). She had 15 pars and one birdie in the final round.

Media’s Melanie Green carded a 2-under par to finish at 6-under 138 and win the state title by two strokes. Unadilla Valley’s Bailey Shoemaker fired a tournament-record, 7-under 65 to finish two shots (4-under 140) behind Green.

Pine Bush senior Pasqualina Tartaglione tied for 10th place (13-over 157), shooting a 9-over 81. The finish was Tartaglione’s best in four state trip. She placed in the top 20 her freshman through junior seasons.

Goshen’s Erika Fuentes carded a 12-over 84 and tied for 31st (28-over 172) in her first state tournament.

State championships
(at Bethpage Yellow Course, Farmingdale, par 72)

Section 9 golfers: 9. Amber Pennington (Rondout Valley) 83-73-156; T10. Pasqualina Tartaglione (Pine Bush) 76-81-157; T31 Erika Fuentes (Goshen) 88-84-172; T62 Olivia Klugman (Goshen) 95-92-187; 70. Mary Gersec (Rondout Valley) 95-95-190; 72. Elaine Bell (Valley Central) 93-99-192; 75. Montana Schmidt (Sullivan West) 102-95-197; T76 Riley Doyle (Goshen) 98-100-198; 82. Alex Cymbal (New Paltz) 104-97-201; 88. Hope Erlwein (Sullivan West) 106-102-208; 92. Grace Clark (Goshen) 112-126-238

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