Christian Brothers Academy girls golfers (from left) Sarah Kitts, Elisabeth Webber, Kaleigh Sweeney and Emilee Oakes with professional Brittany Johnston after winning the Futures Pro-Junior Challenge at Drumlins Country Club on July 25. The Brothers shot a 29 and prevailed in a tie-breaker over Baldwinsville.
DeWitt Way back in 2007, when the Pro-Junior Challenge was added to the week-long festivities surrounding the LPGA Futures Tour's Alliance Bank Golf Classic, Christian Brothers Academy took top honors.
Four long years later, in the fifth edition at Drumlins Country Club's East Course, the Brothers finally made it back to the top spot, putting together a six-under-par 29 on Drumlins East's front nine and prevailing over Baldwinsville in a tie-breaker. Three-time defending champion Fayetteville-Manlius settled for a tie for third place.
In this format, four players from a high school team join a Futures professional. CBA had Sarah Kitts, Emilee Oakes, Kaleigh Sweeney and Elisabeth Webber out with Brittany Johnston, who is 15th on the Futures money list and won the New England Classic in Connecticut two weeks ago.
Starting on the par-five 13th hole, CBA's team made birdie there and added consecutive birdies on 15, 16 and 17 to move to four under. Then Johnston chipped in for birdie on the 10th hole and, at the uphill, par-four 11th, Johnston struck again, making a curling 25-foot putt for birdie from the fringe.
That made the difference, for B'ville, led by Section III and state individual champion Lauren Petty (who is entered in the tournament field later this week), also posted a 29. But since CBA made birdie on the highest-handicap hole, the 11th, it claimed the tie-breaker and finished on top.
What made CBA's win more impressive was that its top-ranked player, Mary Fletcher, moved to fill out the Skaneateles roster, as did F-M's Briana Winslow. The actual Hornets foursome consisted of Alex Seabury, Carly Kidd, Meghan Kingsley and Maria Mintskovsky, paired up with Jenny Suh, who won the 2009 Alliance Bank Classic at Drumlins East.
Despite the star pairing, F-M could only manage a 31, needing a late birdie surge to share third place with Auburn and Chittenango. Jamesville-DeWitt's team of Hanna Jones, Hali Greenhouse, Victoria Roney and Molly Hair joined professional Nicole Smith to post a 34 for 10th place.
Rome Free Academy, with a 32, was alone in sixth place, with Oswego, West Genesee and Skaneateles tied for seventh at 33. Cicero-North Syracuse, with a 36, rounded out the field.