Cortland Wins Empire 8 Women’s Golf Championship; Tiffany Schapira Top Individual
BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. – Cortland claimed the top five individual spots, led by tournament champion Tiffany Schapira (Valley Stream/Valley Stream South), as the Red Dragons easily captured the team title at the Empire 8 Women’s Golf Fall Championship. The tournament was conducted Saturday and Sunday at the Ballston Spa Country Club.
Cortland, in its first year as an Empire 8 women’s golf affiliate member, won the crown with a two-day score of 682. The Red Dragons recorded a 344 on the opening day and a 338 Sunday. Suffolk University was second in the 12-team field with a score of 765 (381-384), followed by St. John Fisher at 776 (397-379).
Five Cortland golfers earned first-team all-league honors, which are awarded to the top five placers at the tournament. Schapira, a junior, is the league’s Golfer of the Year after winning the league title with a two-day score of 164. She carded an 82 each day. Freshman Hannah Fitzgerald (Loudonville/Shaker) earned Empire 8 Rookie of the Year honors with her second-place showing. She registered an 86 and an 85 for a 171.
Freshman Kristin Scali (Garrison/James I. O’Neill), senior Anna Haley (Drexel Hill, PA/Bonner & Prendergast) and junior Bri Sovring (Liverpool/Cicero-North Syracuse) were Cortland’s other first-team all-league honorees. Scali finished third with an 89 and an 84 for a 173. Haley and Sovring tied for fourth with final scores of 176. Haley posted an 87 and 89, with Sovring the reverse with an 89 and an 87. Rounding out Cortland’s contingent was junior Allie Fischer (Hopewell Junction/John Jay), who tied for 14th in the 61-golfer field with a 166 (95-91). The Empire 8 uses a format where six golfers compete, with four scoring each day, instead of the usual five-golfer/four score format.
Schapira led the tournament with 19 pars, with Fitzgerald and Sovring tied for second with 14 pars each. Haley was the tournament leader with three birdies, followed by Scali with two birdies. As a team, Cortland recorded 70 pars and seven birdies during the 36-hole event.
Cortland won the title despite its best golfer this season not in attendance. Sophomore Danielle Bambola (Miller Place) competed instead as an individual entry at the NYU Fall Invitational in an attempt to improve her individual standing for next spring’s NCAA championship selection. Bambola tied for ninth place out of 51 golfers at the Forest Hill Field Club in Bloomfield, N.J., with a two-day score of 160. She improved on her round of 81 Saturday with a 79 Sunday. Holly Davenport of Williams finished first with a 152 (75-77).
SOURCE: Cortland State Athletics Press Release