Defending Section V girls golf champion Julia Zigrossi started slowly in Sunday’s first of two rounds of the Section V Tournament at Irondequoit Country Club.
Determined to get out fast in Tuesday’s final round, Zigrossi drained an eagle on the par 5 third hole and that got her rolling.
“I was five-over through three on Sunday, so being two-under through three today helped the momentum a lot, ” Zigrossi said after shooting a tournament-best 75 to win her second straight title, topping teammate Sophia Cellura by 13 shots.
Cellura made a run at Zigrossi with a birdie on the ninth hole and got within nine shots with two holes to play.
Zigrossi reached the par 5 18th hole in two and missed the eagle putt by inches to lock it up.
Nine players and three alternates qualified for the NYSPHSAA Tournament June 4-6 in Wilton, near Saratoga Springs.
Third place was Victor’s Kiera Lalley. The senior walked all 36 holes wearing a heavy brace on her right knee, the result of surgery in March for a injury suffered skiing for Victor’s school team. Just seven months later, she qualified for States.
Her Blue Devils teammate, Caitlin Keenan, was fourth and may have a conflict come June. This summer, she committed to play Division II lacrosse at Bentley University and Victor’s girls lacrosse team has a chance at still playing in early June.
Four Mercy players earned spots with Zigrossi and Cellura being joined by Marisa Eichas (7th) and Riley Stuver (8th). Fairport eighth-grader Harper Dittman was fifth, Webster senior Mackensie Daniel sixth and Aquinas’ one-girl team, Emily Ferguson, grabbed the ninth spot.
The three alternates are Rush-Henrietta freshman Emma Sweazy, Webster junior Haley Kucewicz and Penfield senior Diana Black.
Zigrossi, who transferred from Spencerport right before the school year started, feels like all the players are one big team.
“I feel like the golfing community, all of us are one, ” she said adding, “I love the Spencerport team but I also love the Mercy team.”