Elias, Graziano win first place at Staten Island Chamber of Commerce’s Sixth Annual High School Golf Invitational

High School Golf Invitational Girls Winners: 1st place St. Joseph Hill Academy High School student; 2nd place Tottenville High School student; and 3rd place Susan E. Wagner High School student.
High School Golf Invitational Boys Winners: 1st place McKee/ Staten Island Technical High School student; 2nd place St. Joseph by the Sea High School student; 3rd place Staten Island Academy student and Chamber Chairman Michael Assenza of Stat Land Security Services.

McKee/Staten Island Tech’s Colin Elias and St. Joseph Hill Academy’s Ava Graziano were the top finishers at the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce’s Sixth Annual High School Golf Invitational at LaTourette GC.

Elias carded a two-over to win first place as the freshman parred four of his final five holes to finish with a 74. Meanwhile, Graziano improved by three strokes from last year’s third-place performance for an 87 to propel the junior to a first-place, two-stroke win.

The stellar play of the duo also helped their squads as MSIT won the boys’ team trophy and SJH won the girls’ team trophy.

This competition is the only one of its kind on Staten Island, where golfers from private, public, and Catholic high schools can play and compete against one another. This year’s 18-hole Invitational attracted 32 golfers from 10 different Staten Island high schools. This year’s event was sponsored by the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

Committee members who volunteered during the event included: Mike Bloomfield (Tekie Geek), Christopher M. Lee (Port Authority of New York & New Jersey), Rich Nichilo (Hand in Hand Real Estate), and Frank Scarangello (SCARAN).

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Boys: Gerald Burt Jr. (St. Peter’s); Stanley Carter-Hercules (Farrell); Gregory D’Aniello (Tottenville); Sam Demeri (Tottenville); Colin Elias (MSIT); Michael Gallinaro (Farrell); Michael Gatti (New Dorp); Christian Giaimo (Susan Wagner); Brennan Kane (MSIT); Nicholas Kolsin (St. Joseph by-the-Sea); Kristian Marino (MSIT); Ryan Nix (Susan Wagner); Nicholas Palermo (New Dorp); Anthony Renner (St. Joseph by-the-Sea); Simon Rocco (St. Peter’s); Nick Sanginari (St. Peter’s); Nicholas Simone (St. Joseph by-the-Sea); Madhesh Sureshwaran (Susan Wagner); Chris Vitale (Farrell); and Zachary Zawinsky (S.I. Academy).

Girls: Madeline Fago (New Dorp); Nicole Filocamo (Tottenville); Marielle Gelman (Susan Wagner); Ava Graziano (St. Joseph Hill); Giuliana Healy (St. Joseph by-the-Sea); Dora Kastrati (New Dorp); Isabella Mancino (St. Joseph Hill); Amanda Moreno (St. Joseph by-the-Sea); Jessica Noel (Susan Wagner); Brianne Olivia (St. Joseph by-the-Sea); Emily Tuorto (St. Joseph by-the-Sea); and Alison Zarrilli (Notre Dame Academy)

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