Zigrossi Leads After First Round of NYS Girls' Junior
HAMILTON, N.Y. – Julia Zigrossi holds a one-stroke lead in the 58th New York State Girls’ Junior Amateur field after opening with a two-over 74 at Seven Oaks Golf Club.
Zigrossi, of Ridgemont Country Club, made the turn at two-over, and shot an even-par on the back. She noted the speed of Seven Oaks greens were hard to manage at points during her round.
“The course itself is so pure, but the greens are fast,” Zigrossi said. “ After playing it yesterday I was like ‘this could go one of two ways.’ This is a tough golf course, it can really beat you up.”
This is Zigrossi’s second appearance in the NYS Girls’ Junior, after finishing in the top ten in 2019 at age 13.
“In the last two years my game has improved quite a bit from the last time I played here (in 2019), but it’s also a lot easier for me to manage,” Zigrossi said. “I’m a much longer hitter than I was before so I can play a little more risky...I had a lot of wedges in. I think that helped me a lot today.”
Going into her final round tomorrow, she will look to capture her first NYS Girls’ Junior title after winning the last two Rochester District Girls’ Junior tournaments. Zigrossi also won her first NYS title last Friday, capturing the Women’s Four-Ball with partner Emily Gresham.
“I’m excited for tomorrow and just excited to play here,” Zigrossi said.
Aliya Liberatore of Yahnundasis Golf Club sunk three birdies en route to a three-over 75 first round, and currently holds sole possession of second place heading into the final 18 holes.
Lily Zhang of Park Country Club and Renna Chang of Harbor Links Golf Course share third place, each carding a five-over 77. Sophia Li of MGA eClub - New York City shot a six-over 78 to round out the top five.
The Girls’ division is played to a par of 72 and 5,556 yards.
Tee times for tomorrow's final round for the Girls’ Division begin at 12:30 pm.