Oneida In regulation and beyond, the Fayetteville-Manlius and Jamesville-Dewitt girls golf teams battled for top honors in Tuesday's Section III championship tournament at Kanon Valley Country Club in Oneida.
When all was settled, the Hornets were second in Class A, the Red Rams had secured the Class B title, and three golfers - Molly Hair, Allison Donella and Victoria Roney - were on their way to the state tournament.
Keying J-D's Class B title effort was the work of Hair, who was steady and consistent in hot, steamy conditions. She shot a 41 on the front nine at Kanon Valley and a 39 on the back line, giving her an 80, putting her in third place among individuals.
Donella led F-M as she shot an 86, tying for fifth place. Meanwhile, Donella's teammate, Natalie Powers, had an 87, as did Roney, which put them in a four-way tie for seventh.
Since only nine players would gain automatic state tournament berths, those four players - Roney, Powers, Cicero-North Syracuse's Brianna Sovring and Vernon-Verona-Sherrill's Amanda Snizek - went to the 1st hole for a playoff, determining which three would advance.
Roney made a par, as did Sovring and Snizek, but Powers made a bogey, and as a result she is the first alternate, ready to step onto the team should any of the top nine not make it to the state tournament, set for June 7-9 at the SUNY-Delhi course.
On the team side, F-M, trying to regain the Class A championship after Rome Free Academy won it a year ago, had a 361, putting them in second place again as Auburn, with 336, finished in front.
Just behind Donella and Powers, Alexandra Millimaci finished with an 89, sharing 11th place, while Annie Caputo managed a 99. Kenzie Kingsley finished with a 97. Kristen Gamble had a 105 as seventh-grader Sally Trop posted 109 in her sectional debut.