Mercy golfer captures state title - Catholic Courier

Mercy golfer captures state title

While the world’s top female golfers were battling it out in her home town, Christine Schmitt was 200 miles away logging a performance that made her worthy of joining them.

Schmitt, a junior at Our Lady of Mercy High School in Brighton, won the New York state individual golf title June 9 with a record-breaking effort. She shot a one-under-par 71 at The College Course at Delhi — and, combined with a 72 one day earlier that had given her the first-round lead, Schmitt posted a 143 total that stands as the lowest score in tournament history.

Schmitt ended up six strokes ahead of second-place finisher Alexis Hios of Rye (Section 1), who totaled 149. Her dominating weekend came one year after she also held the first-round lead at states before settling for a sixth-place tie.

Mercy teammate Danielle Fuss placed 12th at the recent state tourney with a two-day total of 158. She was tied for seventh after the first day with a 77 before posting an 81 in the second round. Last year Fuss finished second at states, and in 2011 Schmitt placed third and Fuss tied for eighth at the state event.

Both Monarch golfers had qualified for the 2013 state tourney by finishing one-two at the Section 5 championships last fall, with Schmitt earning her third consecutive sectional title.

The performances by Schmitt and Fuss at this year’s states helped Section 5 place first in sectional team scoring. In a pleasant coincidence, the Rochester-area golfers achieved this feat on the same day that the Ladies Professional Golf Association Championship concluded at Locust Hill Country Club in Pittsford.

 

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