Green repeats as state golf champion

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 2 June 2019 at 5:48 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – It was a big day on the Deerfield County Club golf course for Medina High junior Melanie Green who captured a second straight state championship. At left she putts on the 18th hole and at right she tees off on the 12th.

Making a successful title defense, Medina High junior Melanie Green scored a one stroke victory at the state golf championship today at Deerfield Country Club near Brockport.

Green lines up her final state title clinching putt.

Interestingly it was a repeat of last year’s 1-2 finish as Green completed the two day event with a one over par total of 145 to edge out Bailey Shoemaker from Section IV, who posted a 146 total, for the title. Last spring Green bested Shoemaker for the crown by two shots.

“There wasn’t one key spot, I just played steady throughout,” said Green. “All week I was confident.”

Green fired an even par 72  during Saturday’s opening round 18 holes to hold a one stroke lead over Shoemaker.

She extended at advantage to three shots this afternoon after making a birdie on the 12th hole and par on the 13th as Shoemaker pared 12 and bogeyed 13.

Bailey Shoemaker from Section IV finished a close second to Green for the second year in a row.

A birdie by Shoemaker at 14 did cut the deficit back to two as Green made par on the hole.

However, Green then matched Shoemaker with pars on 15 and 17 and a birdie on 16 to maintain a two stroke lead heading into the final hole.

A par on the 18th hole then was just enough to earn Green her second straight state championship as Shoemaker made birdie.

She qualified for the state tournament by winning the Section VI championship for the third year in a row.

Green becomes just Medina High’s second two time state champion. The first was JR Roberts who captured back-to-back state wrestling championships in in 2001 and 2002.

Melanie is shown her with her parents, Ron and Melissa Green after locking up the title.

Green tees off on the scenic 17th hole.

 Green and Shoemaker check their scorecards in the clubhouse at the end of the match.