Oneida For the second year in a row, Cicero-North Syracuse girls golfer Brianna Sovring is on her way to SUNY-Delhi to play in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association tournament.
It was how Sovring got to that point that provided all the excitement and tension during Tuesday's Section III championships at Kanon Valley Country Club in Oneida.
In the season's hottest and most humid conditions, Sovring steadily made her way around Kanon Valley in 87 shots for 18 holes, putting her near the top of the leaderboard.
But when all the scores were gathered, the C-NS junior found herself tied for seventh place with three others - Jamesville-DeWitt's Victoria Roney, Vernon-Verona-Sherrill's Amanda Snigel and Fayetteville-Manlius' Natalie Powers.
Since only nine golfers earn automatic state tournament berths, Sovring, Roney, Singel and Powers made their way back down the par-five 1st fairway in a playoff. The highest score would be eliminated.
Showing remarkable poise, Sovring earned a par. So did Roney and Snigel. But Powers, with a bogey dropped out, and Sovring found herself among the top nine at the sectional tournament again.
C-NS, as a team, shot 413 in the state tournament, seventh among Class A teams. Bridget Burrows shot a 103, with Jenna Doran (111) finishing one shot better than Rachel Brody. Liverpool's Alessa Main finished with a 105 as Ally Stephens added a 122.
Auburn won with 336, beating runner-up F-M by 25 shots, helped by the fact that Larissa Carter won the individual championship with a 75 and her teammate, seventh-grader Lindsay May, was second, one shot back of Carter.
Carter, May, Sovring, Roney, Snigel, Molly Hair (also of J-D), Allison Donella (also from F-M), Kaitlin Hlywa (also from Auburn) and Katie Walsh (Baldwinsville) make up the state tournament team going to SUNY-Delhi.
Cicero-North Syracuse girls golfer Kenley Delbiondi waited all season for her chance to shine – and then took full advantage when that opportunity presented itself.