J-D, F-M golfers get big early wins

Red Rams start 3-0; Hornets hold off Auburn

Competition among the area’s high school girls golf teams is often fierce, due to the quality of courses and the talent assembled at the four schools involved.

Jamesville-DeWitt has proven itself to master the intimate Butternut Creek layout, as it showed throughout the week, most notably in last Thursday’s 150-174 victory over one of its biggest rivals, Christian Brothers Academy.

The Red Rams’ main trio of Jung-Hye Kim, Molly Hair and Victoria Roney continued to lead the way. Kim shot a nine-hole total of 35, one better than Hair, while Roney produced a 38, all of them good scores amid the high winds.

Ellie Baumgartner, with a 37, led CBA’s effort, but none of her teammates broke 40 as Annie Fletcher (43) got closest to that mark.

J-D started last Monday afternoon’s season-opening 141-182 romp over Marcellus. Kim led the way, shot a 31, nearing par, while Hair (33) Roney (35) had low rounds, too.

That same trio was effective again Wednesday as J-D beat Westhill 149-197. Hair this time had the low round, of 35, but Kim was just one shot behind with a 36 and Roney was steady, too, with a 38.

Fayetteville-Manlius, perennially atop the CNY Counties League standings and looking to reclaim Section III honors after Rome Free Academy prevailed a year ago, saw two matches rained out before it made up the first of them last Monday and beat Central Square 194-254.

Again playing its home matches at Green Lakes, the Hornets counted on some veterans to work through the windy, damp conditions. Alexandra Millimaci shot a 44, while teammates Allison Donella and Natalie Powers each posted 48. The Red Hawks’ best round came from Julianna Hollister, who had a 59.

A much bigger test loomed Wednesday, against Auburn, the only team that beat F-M a year ago. But the Hornets were up to it, battling to a 178-186 victory over the Maroons.

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