BROCKPORT — The goal was another All-state selection.
Waverly’s Alex Tomasso said that she would have liked to shoot a lower score, but over the weekend the Waverly senior achieved her goal of an All-state nod in her last tournament as a member of the Waverly girls’ golf team.
“I was hitting the ball well, but I just couldn’t score,” she said. “In the last holes, I just brought it together, strung some pars together to not let my round get too far away from me.”
The top 20 are All-state players, but with six holes to go, Tomasso was on the outside looking in. But that last string of pars pushed her up from 24th to 17th with a two-day total of 172. Tomasso shot 85 in fair conditions on Saturday, and then carded an 87 in almost impossible conditions on Sunday.
“Considering the rough conditions (Sunday) morning with all of the rain, how high the rough was and how long the course played I’m happy with my score,” she said. “I did the best I could.”
“It was a great performance,” said Coach Pete Girolamo who noted that the All-state placement is the second for Tomasso.
The golfers had to overcome standing water in some places on the fairways in addition to facing a course that was designed to separate the best from the rest.
“The pin placements were on every edge that they could put them on,” said Tomasso. “And it was hard to tell how far the ball would go with the rain and the wind.”
“She’s had a great six-year career with six consecutive trips to states,” said the coach, who took his team as Section IV champions. “Sidney (Tomasso) played well both days; sophomore Haley (Kittle) and junior Gretchen (Sowle) did a nice job for players who are at states for the first time.”
Sophomore Sidney Tomasso finished the weekend with a 199. First-time state participants Kittle and Sowle finished with respective scores of 243 and 267. As a team, the Wolverines finished with a two-day total of 881 that left the squad in eighth.
Seaside from Section I won the team championship with a two-day total of 709. Clarence from Section VI was second with a total of 726; Great Neck from Section VIII finished third with a 762; and Section IX representative Goshen was fourth with a 766.
Section III champ Fayetteville-Manlius took fifth with a 798; Sayville from Section XI was sixth with a team score of 820; and Section V champ Victor was seventh with a team score of 839.
The Section IV All-star team, which also had the Catholic High School Athletic Association in the field also finished eighth with a 1,316. That squad was led by wunderkind Unadilla Valley eighth grader Bailey Shoemaker’s 146, which was the second-best score in the state tournament.
“I think this season was definitely one of my best,” said the elder Tomasso sister, whose team has the longest current win streak in the state at 118 in a row and finished third in the state tournament last season. “I’m pretty happy with how I played throughout the season. Honestly, I’m happy I could finish off my senior season this way.
“I would have never dreamed the win streak would happen. When we started off, I just knew we were winning. This year, it’s just been so much fun with all my team. Everyone has worked so hard. I’m so happy we could accomplish that.”