Watkins wears Rome City Women’s Amateur golf crown

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Syracuse’s Carina Watkins claimed the overall title for the 51st Rome City Women’s Amateur golf tournament Monday at Rome Country Club.

Watkins fired an even par 71 for the tournament, which had 28 players.

Lauren Cupp won the open division, shooting a three-over 74.

“This was the most competitive field that there’s ever been,” Cupp said. “We’re gaining some steam with the tournament. The golf game is growing because it’s one of the only sports we can do right now.”

Cupp said that overall she’s very happy with how she played for the tournament.

“I played nicely,” Cupp said. “I had a slow start and then I played nicely throughout the middle, and I finished with a few sluggish holes. But overall, I’m really happy with how I played.”

“Carina played outstanding,” Cupp said of the winner of the tournament.

The tournament had five flights with Watkins winning the Senior Division and Cupp the Open Division. Other flight winners were Jessica Ricciardi in the Junior Division, Patt Barkett in the Super Duper Division and JoAnn Shupe in the Super Senior Division.

The tournament also had net winners for each division. In the Super Senior, Shirley Hutchinson won; Meredith Roefero won the Senior, Dana Jones won the Open and Mary Jane Presite won the Super Duper Senior.

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