Ariana Gaeta captured the 32nd annual Women’s Apogee Investment Management Championship by two strokes over defending champion Lauren Cupp at Green Lakes State Park Golf Course on Aug. 3. The 36-round tournament was held at Vesper Hills Golf Club and Green Lakes.
Gaeta (Crestwood (GC) shot rounds of 72 and 71 to finish 4-under-par 143 to take home the title. Cupp (Rome CC and Yahnundasis GC), a four-time champion, also fired a 4-under 71 at Green Lakes but it wasn’t enough to catch Gaeta.
Cupp and Gaeta teamed up to win the Team Gross Division.
Gaeta carded two eagles and three birdies against two bogeys on the back nine at Green Lakes to distance herself from the field. Cupp finished with six birdies and two bogeys in the final round.
2018 champion Larissa Carter placed third at 5-over 152
Gaeta has had a busy golf summer. The Utica native finished tied for fifth at the 13th annual New York State Women’s Mid-Amateur. She also was fifth in the State Women’s Four-Ball Championship in June.
The 32nd annual Women’s AIM Championship handed out hardware in four other categories.
Those winners were:
Senior Scratch: Deb Enders
Senior Handicap: Michelle Ricciardi
Team Gross: Lauren Cupp/Ariana Gaeta
Team Net: Larissa Carter/Anne Kilmartin
AIM WOMEN’S CHAMPIONS
1991: Debbi Clift, 1992: Sally Dee, 1993: Julie Campbell Torrey, 1994: Julie Campbell Torrey, 1995: Denise Broton, 1996: Julie Campbell Torrey, 1997: *Diane Waldron (*won in playoff), 1998: Wendy Burton, 1999: Jennifer Tucker, 2000: Monica Hamilton, 200: Teresa Cleland, 2002: Teresa Cleland, 2003: Monica Hamilton, 2004: Maggie Lester, 2005: Maggie Lester, 2006: Maggie Lester, 2007: Teresa Cleland, 2008: Jillian Fraccola, 2009: Teresa Cleland, 2010: Teresa Cleland, 2011: Lauren Cupp, 2012: Lauren Petty, 2013: Teresa Cleland, 2014: Rebecca Studin, 2015: Lauren Petty, 2016: Lauren Petty, 2017: Lauren Cupp, 2018: Larissa Carter, 2019: Lauren Cupp, 2020: Emily Gresham, 2021: Lauren Cupp, 2022: Ariana Gaeta