CLIFTON PARK – It was chilly, windy and in a rare occurrence, the Suburban Council girls’ golf teams had to become familiar with rules regarding fallen leaves Saturday at Van Patten Golf Course.
That didn’t stop the Shenendehowa quartet of Charlee Kennedy, Makenna Cutri, Cambell Kennedy and Deanna Healy from capturing the 2020 title with a team total of 135 strokes.
Saratoga Springs edged out Guilderland for second place by a single stroke, 148 to 149. Shaker was fourth at 156 followed by Bethlehem at 158, Columbia at 175 and Niskayuna at 176.
Only the top three scores counted for team scoring.
Cambell Kennedy and Guilderland’s Megna Naidu shared co-medalist honors with 43s.
Cambell Kennedy combined with Healy’s 45 and Cutri’s 47 to give Shenendehowa the team title.
Despite the team win, senior Charlee Kennedy was disappointed to close out her high school career with a 48 playing with the top foursome on the course.
“You have good days and bad days and today was a bad day,” Charlee Kennedy said. “It was a little bit of everything; my drives weren’t straight, my putts weren’t consistent, chips weren’t consistent, irons weren’t consistent.
“I could have played better. For my last match of the senior season, it’s sad to finish with a bad score, but it won’t be my last match.”
Saturday’s event limited the invitations to only the top four golfers for each team, but Shenendehowa’s depth proved to be the difference.
“We experienced all kinds of weather patterns today; ironically, our number three and four ranked ladies played their best golf, and they carried our team,” Shenendehowa coach Greg Christodulu said. “Cambell [Kennedy] shot a 43, [Deanna] Healey shot a 45, her best score of the season, but you have leadership skills of Charlee [Kennedy] and Makenna [Cutri], great chemistry with all four girls and just a great bunch to be with.”
Also playing in the top group, Saratoga Springs senior Mollie Thomas struggled, firing a 47 over the nine-hole Van Patten Blue Course.
“I was pretty good off the tee, which was nice and just getting to be here was just a positive throughout the whole day,” Thomas said. “I wish my score was better, but it’s great to have Suburbans to end the season.”
All the teams playing on Saturday wished they could have taken advantage of a leaf blower on the greens and throughout the fairways.
“The leaf rule — if you know it didn’t go in any trees, but you just can’t find it,” Thomas said, explaining the ability to drop a ball without penalty if the foursome could not locate the ball. “That was hard sometimes with the greens, sometimes taking a towel [and waving it] and try to make your own leaf blower.”
Thomas combined with Alexa Cate’s 49 and Maria Jackson’s 52 for second-place Saratoga Springs.
That was good enough for Thomas to cap her high school career.
“I was nervous that we weren’t going to get anything at all because school was so unknown,” Thomas said. “I decided to do fully virtual, so I was scared that even if we got a season that they wouldn’t let me play because I wasn’t in school, but it all worked out.”
Suburban Council Tournament
Shenendehowa 135, Saratoga 148, Guilderland 149, Shaker 156, Bethlehem 158, Columbia 175, Niskayuna 176, Colonie 178.
Naidu, GUILD, 43; Cam. Kennedy, SHEN, 43; Healey, SHEN, 45; Lyda, BC, 46; Duval, BSPA, 46; Cutri, SHEN, 47; Thomas, SAR, 47; Cha. Kennedy, SHEN, 48; Cate, SAR, 49; Mitchell, GUILD, 50, Bette, SHAK, 50.