Hamilton College golf coach Cupp captures third AIM title

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CAZENOVIA — Hamilton College men’s and women’s golf coach Lauren Cupp, of Rome, won her third career Apogee Investment Management Women’s Championship Monday, July 15 winning by four strokes.

Rome’s Pennie Carlo of Crestwood Golf Club finished fourth.

Cupp claimed a four-stroke win over Carina Watkins.

Cupp led the field by three stokes after a first round 74 — three stokes over par. During the second round at Cazenovia Country Club, the final round of the event, she shot a four-over-par 77 to finish at seven-over 151 for the victory.

Watkins (Beaver Meadows Golf Club) shot a 77 in the final round of the event to finish at 11-over 155.

Six-time champion Teresa Cleland of Bellevue Country Club finished third (157) and Carlo short a 162 to finish fourth.

Cupp and Carlo were rivals at the event, but had teamed up to win the second annual New York State Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championships June 23.

Twenty golfers competed in the 36-hole stroke play event. The first round was played at The Links at Erie Village in East Syracuse. The tourney concluded Monday at Cazenovia Country Club.

Cupp also won titles in 2017 and 2011. She was second last year.

“Happy to win this one for sure,” said Cupp. “I was pretty discouraged after my performance at the New York State Amateur,” where she was fifth last week. She said she put in the practice time and it paid off. The competition level, she noted, was stiff, “almost as good as the state tournament.”

Cupp said Erie Village had “a pretty tough layout” and conditions got “super windy the back nine on Sunday.” Monday was a “beautiful day to play.”

Cupp said she’s learned a lot psychologically about her game since she’s been playing more speed golf, which combines scoring and a time element. “I’ve learned a lot about my game through speed golf. I don’t overthink as much as I used to. The long pre-shot routines,” she said, are removed from the game.

Cupp is an eight-time winner of the Rome City Women’s Amateur Tournament and served as the director of the event for the first time last year.

She is the head men’s and women’s golf coach at Hamilton College.

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