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Difficult start for locals at Jr. Am

August 8, 2013

Photo: Jerry Silberman/

EAST PROVIDENCE—Following this spring’s RIIL Girls Golf Championship South Kingstown’s Mia Bartolotta was devastated.
Then a junior, Bartolotta was tied for the lead at the turn at Point Judith Country Club before a tough back nine forced her to settle for sixth.
“Just thinking about it I want to cry because I know I had a chance but then I just lost it,” Bartolotta said of states. “It was definitely like a head game for me out there.”
Like any good athlete, Bartolotta – who plays out of Potowomut Golf Course – learned from her trying experience and has been tearing up the course this summer.
The senior Rebel – fresh off an RIWGA Tournament win – opened the inaugural Girls Junior Amateur Championships with a 79 in stroke play Monday at to take the top seed heading into the match play portion of the tourney.
Bartolotta’s seven-over-par performance was seven strokes better than both Caroline Farber and Katie Um, who took the No. 2 and 3 seeds, respectively, in match play.
She had her strongest performances on the five par 5’s at Agawam Hunt, playing them even with a birdie on the sixth highlighting her round.
As expected, Bartolotta returned for her match Tuesday morning against No. 8 seed Mackenzie Conley of Wanamoissett Country Club and rolled to a 9 and 7 victory.
Bartolotta was 4-up though four and 7-up through eight before she finally closed out the match with a bogey on the par-three 11th.
Unfortunately for Batolotta, her bid for a Junior Am title came to an abrupt hault Wednesday morning against Ashley Roggero of Portsmouth.
Bartolotta fell behind by four through the first five holes and never recovered en route to an 8 and 7 defeat. Through the 11 holes Roggero played even par.
While Batolotta set herself up for success on day one, it was not so kind to the local male golfers in the 92nd Junior Amateur Championship as Corey Zegarzewski was the only player with local ties to make it into the championship bracket.
Zegarzewski – who will be a junior at Chariho and plays out of Laurel Lanes Country Club – fired a 77 in stroke play Monday to clinch the No. 13 seed in the 16-player field heading into Tuesday’s match play.
That is where the Chargers’ tournament came to a close, however, as he dropped a 5 and 3 decision to Wannamoisett’s Daniel Lynch Tuesday.
Lynch was 2-up heading into the back nine when he went on a tremendous stretch – a birdie on the par-three 11th, eagle on the par-four 12th and birdie on the par-four 13th – to all but put the match away.
Zegarzewski bounced back with a par on the 14th to keep his tournament alive but Lynch’s par on 15 sealed the soon-to-be junior’s fate.
After shooting 14-over par during stroke play Monday, North Kingstown’s Alex Parente just missed out on the First Division and was given the top seed in the Second.
Parente – one of three Skippers in the division – faced little resistance in an 8 and 7 win over Brenden Guerin and took on John Gesualdi – who beat EG’s Austin Vutech 5 and 3 – Wednesday morning in the following round.
Against Gesualdi Parente was 1-down at the turn but picked it up on the back nine to win 3 and 2 and advance to the semifinals Wednesday afternoon.
“It was fine today,” Parente said after his quarterfinal match. “Being in the Second Division is not in the Championship Division but still playing is a good experience for high school.”
NK’s Christian Haupt advanced with a 3 and 2 victory over recent EG grad Ryan Browne thanks to a strong end to the front nine.
The two players were all square after six but Haupt scored a point on holes seven through 10 to take a 4-up lead with eight holes to play.
The match itself saw a tremendous amount of scoring as the two only split on the par-four 12th and par-three 16th. Haupt could not join Parente in the Second Division semifinals though as he dropped a tight match to Wannamoisett’s Theo Montalbano 2-up Wednesday morning.
Fellow Skipper Alex Gershkoff did not fare as well and fell to Cranston CC’s Alex Greenwood 6 and 5, while EG’s Dan DePetro lost to Wanumetonomy’s Jesse Boog by the same score.

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