May 22
BALDWINSVILLE - Rome Free Academy
had a great day on the links Tuesday at
Foxfire Golf Club.

Nicolette Darois carded an 81 to win the
Section III championship, and the Black
Knights rolled to the team title to win its
first sectional championship since the

Darois, who in her own word, has had an
up-and-down season, has worked really
hard to regain her form.

"Winning is such a shock," Darois said. "I
just couldn't stop smiling. It's great to do it
and just make the team. Last year when I
missed by one shot, I said I'd never let that
happen again."

Holland Patent's Rachel Halwig finished
one stroke back with an 82 to tie for
second place. RFA's MaryAnn Bulawa will
head back to the state tournament after
shooting 83 for solo fourth place.

MaryAnn's sister Lillith Bulawa shot 89 and
is the first alternate on the Section III team,
which will send nine golfers and two
alternates to the New York State Public
High School Championships June 9-10 at
SUNY Delhi.

Fayetteville-Manlius' Meghan Kingsley,
who aced the par-3 17th hole, tied Halwig
for second place.

The remaining players who were top nine
and will represent Section III at states are:
Fayetteville-Manlius' Allison Donella (84);
Jamesville-Dewitt's Molly Hair (85); CBA's
Brianna Sovring (87); CBA's Emilie Oakes
(88) and J-D's Victoria Roney (88).

Baldwinsville's Katie Walsh (90) is the
second alternate.

For RFA coach Dave Petrelli, who was
celebrating his 42nd birthday Tuesday,
the win was a great gift.

"This is a huge deal," Petrelli said. "I did
think we had a chance, but didn't really
expect that. I knew the top three would
come in with good scores, but Lauren
(Felice) came in with a good score (99),
and I think she really made the difference.

"It's been a long road for the program.
The first two years we struggled to get six
girls. Now we have nine and they are all
hard workers. This ranks right up there for
me. It's the first sectional title I've won and
this is the best accomplishment since I've
been girls golf coach.

"Also, winning as a team and having Nicci
(Darois) win the individual title is great."

MaryAnn Bulawa and Rachel Halwig have
past state tournament experience. Bulawa,
now a sophomore, will be making her third
trek to states, having made it in 2009 as a
7th grader and in 2010. Halwig, a junior
from Remsen, was the lone local player to
qualify in 2011.

Darois did make a birdie on the par-3
17th, but other than that it was a steady

She credits her mindset as one of her
strengths and it showed Tuesday.

"I was able to play my mental game,"
Darois said. "I made a few mistakes out
there early and didn't let it bother me. I
was able to come back from the tough
holes and just kept swinging smooth,
instead of trying to do something I
couldn't. I just played with confidence and
played my game."

Another major perk for Darois, is she will
get to play in the Symetra Tour's Credit
Union Classic's pro-junior challenge on
July 23-29 at Drumlins Country Club's
East Course.

"It's amazing to be playing with the pros,"
Darois said. "I'm also pretty nervous about
it ... but it's awesome."

May 22
Section III Tournament
at Foxfire Golf Course, Par 72
Team Results, Division I:
RFA 352; 2.
Fayetteville-Manlius 370; CBA 387;
Baldwinsville 388; Auburn 395;
Cicero-North Syracuse 401; West
Genesee 408.
Division II: Jamesville-Dewitt 385;
Skaneateles 423; Westhill 423; New
Hartford 439; Cazenovia 448; VVS 452;
Camden 454.
Section III Team going to States:
Nicolette Darois (RFA) 81; Rachel Halwig
(Holland Patent) 82; Meghan Kingsley
(FM) 82; MaryAnn Bulawa (RFA) 83;
Allison Donella (F-M) 84; Molly Hair (JD)
85; Brianna Sovring (CBA) 87; Emilie
Oakes (CBA) 88; Victoria Roney (J-D) 88;
Lillith Bulawa (RFA, 1st alternate) 89;
Katie Walsh (Baldwinsville, 2nd alternate).
Note: Fayetteville-Manlius' Meghan
Kingsley aced the 122-yard 17th hole.
Complete Results: Page 1 / Page 2
Photo Gallery
Girls Section III Tournament - 2012
The Rome Free Academy girls golf team won the Section III title Tuesday at Foxfire Golf Club in Baldwinsville. It
was the first sectional crown for the program since the 1980s. Pictured from left are: Lauren Felice, Lillith
Bulawa, head coach Dave Petrelli, Nicolette Darois and MaryAnn Bulawa.
RFA junior shoots
81 to claim title;
Halwig, Bulawa also
qualify for states
Darois, RFA sweep titles
at Section III Tournament
RFA's Nicolette Darois lines up a putt on the 18th green. Darois
two-putted from 30 feet to win the Section III title by one stroke
over Holland Patent's Rachel Halwig.
Rachel Halwig (above) hits a sand shot to the 18th green, as
playing partner MaryAnn Bulawa of RFA (below) reacts as her
approach to the 18th heads toward a green-side trap. Halwig (82)
and Bulawa (83) qualified for the state tournament.
RFA's Lillith Bulawa watches her approach to the par-5 18th hole.
Bulawa shot 89 and is the first alternate for the Section III team
headed to the state tournament.
The Section III team heading to the New York State Golf Championships on June 9-10 at SUNY Delhi. From left
are: Katie Walsh (Baldwinsville, 2nd alternate); Lillith Bulawa (RFA 1st alternate); Nicolette Darois (RFA), Rachel
Halwig (Holland Patent), Brianna Sovring (C-NS), MaryAnn Bulawa (RFA), Victoria Roney (J-D), Molly Hair (J-D),
Emilie Oakes (CBA), Allison Donella (F-M) and Meghan Kingsley (F-M).
Fayetteville-Manlius' Meghan Kingsley hits an approach to the
par-5 18th hole. Kingsley, who aced the par-3 17th, tied for
second place after shooting an 82.