By Rob Potter
SULLIVAN COUNTY June 13, 2006 Four local high school golfers competed against their peers from across The Empire State last week.
Josh Goldstein of Liberty played in the boys state golf championship tournament and Alexis Brinkerhoff of Monticello, Melanie Kleiner of Sullivan West and Gabby Medina of Monticello played in the girls state golf championship.
Goldstein, a sophomore, shot a 77 in the first round and 76 in the second round of the 36-hole boys event, which was held on Sunday, June 4 and Monday, June 5 at Cornell University in Ithaca. With a total score of 153, which was 9-over-par, Goldstein tied for 11th place.
For finishing among the top 20, he received a special certificate of achievement.
Kleiner, a freshman, recorded an 86 and placed 17th in the first-ever girls state championship, which was a one-round, 18-hole event held on June 5 at Foxfire Golf Course in Baldwinsville.
Medina, a sophomore, shot a 98 to finish 37th and Brinkerhoff, a junior, posted a 100 and placed 39th.
Liberty Coach Ryan Bowers praised Goldstein for his performance.
He was the only Sullivan County golfer to qualify and he finished in the top 20 in the state, Bowers said. So thats quite an honor.
Bowers noted that Goldstein was 1-over par with three holes remaining in the final round. Goldstein double-bogeyed the 16th hole and made a 10-foot bogey putt on 18 to preserve his score of 76.
The coach noted that Goldstein handled any nervousness he might have had about playing in his first state championship as well as wind gusts that reached 25 to 30 mph.
He played great, Bowers said.
Goldstein was very pleased with finishing 11th.
Im really happy, he commented. It was just a great experience to be at the tournament and play against the best golfers from around the state.
While Bowers and Goldstein are pleased with this years performance, they are already looking forward to 2007.
Josh had a 3.25 handicap this season and I think he will get better next year, Bowers said.
I want to work hard and return to the state event next spring, Goldstein commented.