Warwick Gina Milazzo wins section girls golf title with broken finger

Gina Milazzo cooled off the competition to win her third consecutive Section 9 golf championship on Wednesday, but only after icing her hand for the past week.

Milazzo followed an opening-round 79 on Tuesday with an even better 74 on the second day of play at Apple Greens Golf Course in Highland. She had four birdies going out in the final round, finished 11 over par and ended up beating runner-up and friend Isabella Ok of Goshen by eight strokes.

“I was actually out there playing with a broken finger,’’ Milazzo said. “Considering that, I’m pretty happy with the way I played.’’

Milazzo, a Warwick junior, was in gym class last Thursday when she fractured the ring finger on her left hand playing basketball. “As soon as it happened, I was like, ‘Oh no, sections is in five days,’ and I was super nervous about it.’’ Ice packs became her constant companion and she was unable to even practice chip shots for the first three days before taking full swings on Monday.