continued “It got a little aggressive with that first putt (at 12),” said Ferrero. “It was faster than I anticipated.”
In the next three holes, Ekey put the tournament away, hitting back-to-back birdies on 13 and 14 as Ferrero missed similar attempts. When Ferrero drove into an unplayable lie at 15 and took double bogey, Ekey had a six-shot cushion.
Thus, it mattered little that play was stopped for a brief lightning delay (no rain fell), nor did it mean much that Ekey had a loose finish, flying her tee shot at 16 well over the green to lead to a double bogey and also making a bogey on 18.
All that did was cut Ekey’s winning margin in half. Ferrero also bogeyed 18 and fell out of the tie for second as Suh, with a steady final-round 69, claimed the runner-up spot.
In all, 71 players survived the cut of six-over-par 148. Not among them was Section III and state high school champion Lauren Petty, from Baldwinsville, though she improved five shots from her first-round 80 to post a 75 on Saturday. Ithaca native Lori Atsedes, with a 151, also missed the cut.