ARMONK – Kaitlyn Lee is nearly impossible to catch.
The defending champion wasn’t making a lot of putts in the final round of the Section 1 girls golf tournament on Wednesday at The Whippoorwill Club, but her fairways-and-greens approach resulted in a runaway win for the senior from Scarsdale High School.
It quickly became a battle for second place.
“Oh my, gosh, Kaitlyn hit every single green,” said runner-up Maya, a Croton eighth-grader who finished seven shots off the pace. “I was like, ‘When is she going to let me have a shot?’ Kaitlyn played awesome and deserved to win. She is such a good player.”
Lee carded a 2-over 75 at Whippoorwill to finish the championship with a 1-under total of 144.
“It means so much to me,” the Yale commit said. “This is a nice way to finish my high school career and now I’m looking forward to states. I know we have a really stacked team.”
Lee closed with three birdies and five bogeys.
“Centennial is a shorter course, so the first round I was hitting a lot of wedges into the greens and making those putts. I was able to shoot low. Today, even though I was hitting a lot of greens, they’re faster and there’s more slope. If you’re on the wrong side of the hole it’s a hard two-putt and I think I struggled with my distance control in the beginning of the round and then at the end. Overall, though, I played really well, so I’m excited.”
Lee will be playing in her fourth straight NYSPHSAA championship June 1-2 at Deerfield Country Club in Brockport. She will have plenty of company as the Raiders earned the right on Monday to competing for the team title.
Nine players qualified to represent the section, which has won states five years running.
Beasley opened with a 1-over 73 at Centennial Golf Club on Monday and was 5-over on Wednesday, finishing at 151.
“This was an amazing experience,” she said. I had such a fun time. Sometimes at tournaments you win by a lot, so it’s really good to have a lot of competition out there and to scramble a little bit, so I’m excited for states. I get to go with so many great girls.”
Dobbs Ferry’s Taylor Miano (154), Ursuline’s Alice Hodge (155), Scarsdale’s Jacqueline Lu (161), Carmel’s Caitlyn Tully (164), Tuckahoe’s Isabella Tushaj (165), Wappingers’ Kaylie Klemme (172) and Scarsdale’s Rebecca Maude (174) also qualified.
“I played with Maya both days,” Lee added. “She’s freaking amazing. All the girls here are super friendly and the competition gets better and better each year, so I’m really excited about the future here.”
At Centennial Golf Club (par 72) and The Whippoorwill Club (par 73)
1. Kaitlyn Lee, Scarsdale 69-75-144
2. Maya Beasely, Croton 73-78-151
3. Taylor Miano, Dobbs Ferry 75-79-154
4. Alice Hodge, Ursuline 74-81-155
5. Jacqueline Lu, Scarsdale 78-83-161
6. Caitlin Tully, Carmel 84-80-164
7. Isabella Tushaj, Tuckahoe 80-85-165
8. Kaylie Klemme, Wappingers 82-90-172
9. Madhavi Shashank, Scarsdale 84-90-174
9. Rebecca Maude, Scarsdale 89-85-174*
9. Cameron James, Lourdes 81-93-174
12. Chelsea Wang, Rye Neck 83-92-175
13. Sora Park, Wappingers 89-87-176
14. Ava Minisolo, Somers 84-93-177
15. Skye Braun, Scarsdale 83-95-178
16. Lauren Zou, Scarsdale 87-94-181
17. Molly Stoltz, Bronxville 87-96-183
18. Amanda Latkany, Rye 89-95-184
18. Soph Morello, North Rockland 89-95-184
20. Simone Fortin, Rye 89-95-184
21. Kayla Howell, Yorktown 89-99-188
*Advanced on the first hole of a three-way playoff for the final spot.
Scarsdale's Kaitlyn Lee won the Section 1 girls golf championship at the Whippoorwill Club in Armonk May 22, 2019. Peter Carr, email@example.com