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F-M prevails by two in Futures golf Pro-Am

Apparently, it wasn't enough for Fayetteville-Manlius to beat Section III girls golf opponents during the regular season.

The Hornets emerged victorious again during Wednesday's second annual Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes Pro/Junior Challenge at the Links at Erie Village in East Syracuse, beating defending champion Christian Brothers Academy and Liverpool by two shots.

All this was part of the week's festivities for the Alliance Bank Golf Classic, an annual stop on the Duramed Futures Tour, the developmental tour for the LPGA. Play in that even begins on Friday and runs through Sunday.

F-M's quartet of Ali Wakefield, Alex Seabury, Maria Mintskovsky and Sara Simons combined with Futures professional Alissa Kuczka to shoot a 33. CBA and Liverpool each had rounds of 35

The Hornets have won the team Section III titles in both 2007 and 2008, both times going through the regular season undefeated. Wakefield, Seabury, Mintskovsky and Simons all have played key roles in securing those titles.

Under the scramble format of this tournament, up to four players on 14 different high-school teams combined with Futures pros. They played the back nine at Erie Village, with the par-three 13th hole a designated place where the pros stepped back and the best two high school players' scores counted.

Wasting little time to get started, F-M birdied its first three holes -- the 10th, 11th and 12th -- then combined for two pars at 13 to keep the momentum going. Two more birdies followed, at 16 and 17, and the Hornets never got caught.

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All of CBA's players had been busy with amateur tournaments earlier in the week. Still, the team of Erin Engstrom (heading off to Boston College this fall), Mary Fletcher, Elisabeth Webber and Emilie Oakes managed four birdies in their round with Futures pro Nicole Jeray.

Moving up in the standings, Liverpool had Alyscia Abold, Brittany Alexich, Laura Nicolais and Jeannine Malay work with Futures pro Amanda Mathis to match CBA's total and finish ahead of five teams (Baldwinsville, Jamesville-DeWitt, Rome Free Academy, Westhill and Whitesboro) that shared fourth place.

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