Brianna Scozzafava, a 15-old-year Niagara Wheatfield sophomore who plays on the high school’s golf team, defeated some of the area’s best golfers by sinking the only putt in the Col. Bruce Sutherland Golf Tournament’s putting contest.
She walked away with the entire $1,000 cash prize, which was sponsored by Deal Realty and the Simonson family. Brianna, who resides in the Town of Niagara, was also the youngest player to participate in the golf tournament held Monday at the Niagara Frontier Golf Club in Youngstown.
Contest participants were given four chances to sink a 35-foot putt. PGA tour professionals sink similar putts only 5% of the time.
"Brianna’s first three putts were close, but her last putt just disappeared in the cup," said Lee Simonson, contest sponsor. "Everyone was ecstatic and all the witnesses cheered. We waited the rest of the day to see if anyone could duplicate her success. Dozens of the area’s best golfers did their best, but no one could catch her. She’s good. Real good. I think she’s a professional in the making.”
Brianna was presented her check, accompanied by her grandfather, Tom Schroeder, during the tournament dinner – which hosted 160 people, including golfers, the Sutherland family and friends, local citizens and dignitaries, and dinner sponsors Rocco and Carla DelGrosso.
Proceeds from the charity tournament went to the Historical Association of Lewiston and the VFW scholarship fund.