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Championship Bound

Latimer takes third place at state qualifier

May 21, 2015
Westfield Republican

GRAND ISLAND, May 18- Chautauqua Lake's Cody Latimer took third place Monday at River Oakes Golf Club to qualify for the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Boy's Golf Championship, to be held at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course in two weeks.

Latimer, a senior, shot a 37 on the front nine and a 36 on the back nine for a total of 73. After making the cut, he then went on to shoot a 37 on the back nine for a total of 110.

"I wasn't expecting much, I just wanted to go out there and do well," Latimer said reflecting on the day.

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Chautauqua Lake’s Cody Latimer poses with a plaque after taking third place Monday at the State Qualifier with a 27-hole total of 110. He will now advance to the state finals at Robert Trent Jones Golf Course.

"The first 18 I was hitting my driver not very well. Whenever I had a birdie I would come back with a bogey. I had no ups and no downs really. I was one under on the last nine (of the first round)."

Aiding Latimer's excellent round of 36 on the back nine of his opening round was a 20-foot birdie put on 15, which was only marred by a double bogey on 18.

The senior felt right at home on Grand Island's lengthy course, thanks to his towering drive and hot putter.

"He drives the ball very well in fact he can average 300, which is very long for high school," said Chautauqua Lake/Westfield coach Steve Johnston.

"He really put a complete game together. His putting today was exceptional. He saved par on a number of holes on some very long puts

Williamsville North's Carson Suffoletta was the medalist as he shot a 34 on the front nine and a 35 on the back nine for a 69. He then shot a 36 for a 105 total.

Randolph's Lewis Markham placed second as he shot a 36 on the front nine and a 38 on the back nine for an 18-hole total of 74. He then proceeded to shoot a 36 on the second round of the back nine for a 110 total.

Cassadaga Valley's Anthony Miller placed 14th with a 27-hole total of 121. Miller recorded a 42 on the front nine and 40 on the back nine for an 82. He then shot a 39.

Rounding out the top 22 was Fredonia's Nick Pagano with a 124. Pagano started strong with a 39 on the front nine and then shot a 43 on the back nine for an 82. Pagano then shot a 42 for a 27-hole total of 124.



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