By Josh Thomson
Scarsdale senior James Nicholas shot an even-par 71 in the final round to win the NYSPHSAA state boys golf championships by one shot on Monday in Ithaca.
Nicholas edged New Hartford junior Alec Bard, a Penn State commit, who began the day at Cornell University’s Robert Trent Jones Golf Course in a three-way tie for first with Somers’ Christian Cavaliere and Ardsley’s Brent Ito.
The all-state football and hockey player became Section 1’s first state champion since Ardsley’s Michael Quagliano was victorious in 2004. Nicholas’ 71 tied for the best score of this year’s state tournament.
After moving into the lead Monday afternoon, Nicholas birdied the 16th hole to move two shots in front with two to play. He parred 17, but bogeyed the par-5 18th, opening the door for Bard.
Nicholas is committed to Yale, and will play football and golf.
at Cornell University – Robert Trent Jones Golf Course
1. James Nicholas (Scarsdale) 75-71-146
2. Alec Bard (New Hartford) 72-75-147
3. DJ Griffiths (Susquahanna Valley) 74-74-148
T4. Nolan Ditcher (Randolph) 78-71-149
T4. Evan Gaesser (Kendall) 77-72-149
T4. Bobby Davenport (New Hartford) 76-73-149
T7. Devin Delisle (Bruston-Moira) 79-72-151
T7. Gunnar Doyle (Pittsford Mendon) 77-74-151
T7. Cody Latimer (Chautauqua Lake/Westfield) 77-74-151
T7. Dante Migliore (Frankfort-Schuyler) 77-74-151
T7. Gerry Mackedon (Ward Melville) 77-74-151
T7. Mike May (Auburn) 76-75-151
T7. Tom Mandel (West Canada Valley) 74-77-151
Other Section 1 players:
T14. James McHugh (Rye) 78-74-152
T14. Christian Cavaliere (Somers) 72-80-152
T21. Connor Daly (Bronxville) 78-76-154
T24. Chris Gay (Bronxville) 77-78-155
T24. Brent Ito (Ardsley) 72-83-155
T28. Sol Thompson (Scarsdale) 79-77-156
T32. Justin Stagg (Harrison) 79-79-158
T42. Matt Bettino (Bronxville) 82-79-161