Albany Academy’s Swedick defends sectional golf title

Albany Academy’s Kennedy Swedick on the ninth hole during the Section II girls' golf sectional and state qualifier at McGregor Links County Club in Wilton on Tuesday.

Albany Academy’s Kennedy Swedick on the ninth hole during the Section II girls' golf sectional and state qualifier at McGregor Links County Club in Wilton on Tuesday.

WILTON – The second Section II Girls Golf Championship and State Qualifier went much like the first.

Albany Academy for Girls won the team title for the second time Tuesday at McGregor Links Country Club. Albany Academy’s Kennedy Swedick was the top individual golfer once again.

Swedick, a sophomore, won the tournament after finishing with three birdies and an eagle on the back nine to post a 4-under par 31 to finish with a 6-under par round of 66 on the challenging course.

“I played well. I’m proud of myself. I committed to each and every shot,” Swedick said. “The front nine was a little shaky. I stayed positive and it worked out on the back nine.”

The closing surge was just enough to outdistance teammate Nicole Criscone, a junior, who carded a 3-under par 69.

Albany Academy cruised to the team title by an 81-stroke margin over runner-up Guilderland, finishing with a 295-376 advantage after sweeping the top four spots. Shaker (395) was third, Saratoga Springs (407) was fourth, Shenendehowa (413) was fifth and Bethlehem (457) was sixth to round out the team scoring.

“We brought five girls with us today and all of them played well,” said Albany Academy coach Sarah Adamowski, who is in her fifth season. “It’s really easy to be proud of this team. My favorite thing about them is who they are. They are good kids, they work hard and they really support one another. They’re each other’s biggest cheerleaders.”

Albany Academy’s Jillian Rawson, a sophomore, and Samantha Von Rohr, a freshman, tied for third with rounds of 80.

Guilderland’s Hanna Mitchell was fifth with a round of 81. Rounding out the state tournament qualifiers were Guilderland’s Megna Naidu (sixth, 87), Schalmont’s Dannah Smith (sixth, 87), Albany Academy’s Shea White (eighth, 88) and Holy Names’ Shea Hildenbrandt (ninth, 90).

Shenendehowa’s Cambell Kennedy (90) and Saratoga Springs’ Maria Jackson (91) will be the alternates to the state tournament team.

Swedick, Hildenbrandt, Criscone, Naidu and Von Rohr all qualified for the state tournament in 2019, but weren’t able to compete after the state meet was canceled due to the COVID pandemic.

“Honestly, I’m just happy to be back out here playing a normal season,” Adamowski said. “We’ve had a great season and I’m looking forward to coming back here in June for states.”

Swedick agreed saying that she hopes the course will be an advantage for her and her team.

“It’s going to be great having the state tournament here,” she said. “I’ve played here several times. I think we’ve played well here. I’m looking forward to it.”

After the tournament, the players were honored with an awards ceremony that featured guest speaker Dottie Pepper, a Saratoga Springs High School graduate and 17-time winner on the LPGA tour who grew up playing at McGregor Links.

“It was a nice day, a nice course and a group of nice kids. We had a lot of volunteers and McGregor Links and [club pro] Mike Decker went above and beyond for us,” Section II Girls Golf Chairperson Eileen Troy said. “We can’t thank them enough. It was a great day for girls’ golf. We’re happy with how it went.”

Section II will host the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Girls Golf Championships in each of the next three years. The event will take place at McGregor Links on June 4-6, 2022, before heading to the Edison Club in Rexford in 2023 and 2024.

“We’re happy to be hosting the state tournament,” Troy said. “I think it will be great for girls’ golf in Section II.”

2021 Section 2 Girls Golf Sectional & State Qualifier  

At McGregor Links Country Club, Wilton

Par – 72

Team Results

  1. Albany Academy 295, 2. Guilderland 376, 3. Shaker 395, 4. Saratoga Springs 407, 5. Shenendehowa 413, 6. Bethlehem 458.

Individual Results

  1. Kennedy Swedick (Albany Academy for Girls) 66, Nicole Criscone (Albany Academy for Girls) 69, 3. Jillian Rawson (Albany Academy for Girls) 80, 3. Samantha Von Rohr (Albany Academy for Girls) 80, 5. Hanna Mitchell (Guilderland) 81, 6. Megna Naidu (Guilderland) 8, 6. Dannah Smith (Schalmont) 87, 8. Shea White (Albany Academy for Girls) 88, 9. Shea Hildenbrandt (Holy Names) 90, 9. Campbell Kennedy (Shenendehowa) 90, 11. Maria Jackson (Saratoga Springs) 91, 11. Cammy Porter (Saratoga Springs) 91, 13. Sienna Wheeler (Colonie) 93, 13. Adriana Della Bella (Queensbury) 93, 13. EMily Bette (Shaker) 93, 16. Allison Hathaway (Hoosick Falls) 95, 16. Taylor Van Wie (Chatham) 95, 18. Madison Martel (Catholic Central) 96, 19. Jane Fanning (Guilderland) 97, 19. Emma Duval (Ballston Spa) 97, 19. Mollie Kortz (Johnstown) 97, 22. Alexa Cate (Saratoga Springs) 98, 23. Claire Cunningham (Shaker) 99, 24. Hannah Byun (Shaker) 100, 25. Melanie Healey (Shenendehowa) 101, 25. Morgan Hayden (Tamarac) 101, 27. Peyton Hoblock (Shaker) 103, 28. Mairead Marsden (Broadalbin-Perth) 104, 28. Emma Goebel (Broadalbin-Perth) 104, 30. Lillie Junco (Voorheesville) 105, 31. Grace Kinkaid (Shenendehowa) 106, 32. Sarah Powis (Columbia) 108, 32. Haley Tomlinson (Broadalbin-Perth) 108, 32. Lily Gray (Bethlehem) 108, 35. Sophia Jackson (Saratoga Springs) 109, 36. Riley Hayes (Hoosick Falls) 110, 37. Sierra Borden (Saratoga Springs) 111, 37. Caroline Jameson (Guilderland) 111, 39. Elle Lyda (Bethlehem) 112, 40. Haley Drinon (Schoharie) 114, 31. Mya Young (Bethlehem) 116, 41. Jordan Miller (Mayfield-Northville) 116, 41. Skyler Yeo (Shenendehowa) 116, 44. Abigail Mesick (Colonie) 118, 45. Allison Motler (Saratoga Catholic) 119, 46. Maya Gerstenbluth (Niskayuna) 120, 46. Sam Olsen (Voorheesville) 120, 48. Naomi Doyle (Bethlehem) 121, 49. Katie Brodeur (Bethlehem) 122, 50. Sarah McClenon (Niskayuna) 124, 51. Emily Landau (Saratoga Springs) 127, 52. Savannah Rodriguez (Columbia) 131, 53. Julia Keefe (Colonie) 132, 54. Colleen Carey (Holy Names) WD, 54. Madison McGuiness (Bethlehem) WD, 54. Ella Cotter (Greenville) WD, 54. Josie Calareso (Niskayuna) WD, 54. Riley Aronowitz (Niskayuna) WD.

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