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Lindsay May’s attempt at a fourth state championship came up just short.

The Auburn senior struggled with her short game but finished with a 77 at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale Sunday. Combined with her 73 on Saturday, her two-day total of 150 earned her sixth place in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association girls golf tournament.

“I didn’t play as well as I wanted to today,” May said. “I didn’t putt well. I hit the ball well, and that’s a positive thing, but overall this tournament was another learning experience.”

May began the day with a pair of bogeys, but rebounded with a birdie on the third hole. Like on Saturday, May’s game was consistent over the next nine holes, and she parred all of them.

May struggled down the final stretch though, and bogeyed four of her final six holes.

“I kind of knew in my head that it wasn’t going to be good enough, and that put more pressure on my putting, which wasn’t good,” May said.

May was in the same group as Bailey Shoemaker. The Unadilla Valley seventh-grader recorded seven birdies on the way to a state record 65, which earned her second place overall.

Despite Shoemaker’s run, Medina’s Melanie Green held on to take first place. The sophomore was tied for first with a 68 on the first day, but her 70 on Sunday and 138 total earned her the title.

May finishes her high school career with three state championships. She won her first title in eighth grade, successfully defended it as a freshman and became the first girls golfer to win three state championships as a sophomore. Last year, she was the runner-up to Lauren Peter.

May, who will be continuing her career at Clemson next season, competes in tournaments year-round, but has a bit of time to prepare before her next one.

“I’m kind of happy I have a week off,” May said. “I know what I have to work on for the next tournament.”

Sports writer Jeremy Houghtaling can be reached at 315-282-2256 or at jeremy.houghtaling@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter @CitizenHough.

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