Danielle Dalessandro started her final high school season the way much of the rest of her golf year has gone.
Dalessandro already has won one tournament and contended in another.
The Scranton Prep senior from Moosic rallied on the back nine Tuesday, August 21 to finish with a 4-over-par, 76 at Scranton Municipal Golf Course while winning the Jackman Memorial Girls' Tournament for the second time in three years.
"This is sort of a big deal around here," Dalessandro said of the Jackman title. "Winning it gives me confidence throughout the whole season."
It also gives Dalessandro a boost after finishing second to Selena Cerra of Holy Cross at the Marian Catholic Invitational to open the school year the previous week.
"That kind of gave me the motivation and drive I needed," Dalessandro said.
Cerra finished third in the Jackman.
Dalessandro has played well throughout the year despite being in her first year back from surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament, a knee injury that caused her to miss her entire junior basketball season. Dalessandro was hurt in an AAU basketball game last October, finished the golf season on the injured knee and had reconstructive surgery Nov. 11.
"It was not really a problem with the swing, but bending down to read putts was kind of hard for me at first," said Dalessandro, who plans to play basketball for the Classics this winter. "It would get sore.
"Now, it's good. It's just the first bend of the day, then I'm good."
Dalessandro's golf game has remained strong.
She posted a six-stroke win in May at the American Junior Golf Association event at Cripple Creek in Delaware and finished 32nd out of 47 players at the North & South Junior at Pinehurst, N.C.
Locally, Dalessandro won the Anthracite Junior Golf Association Tournament of Champions with rounds of 78 and 83 at Fox Hill Country Club and the Lackawanna County Junior Amateur at Scranton Municipal.
Dalessandro used birdies on 10, 14 and 15 to shoot 37 on the back nine Tuesday. She hit the ball close for the first two birdies, then drained a 45-footer at 15.
"I was just trying to two-putt," she said. "That was kind of nice.
"It was not one that I expected."
A member at both Glenmaura National and Huntsville, Dalessandro won the tournament, which drew five full teams and a total of 46 golfers.
Central Dauphin won the team title by shooting 338 to beat Holy Cross by seven strokes.
Dalessandro helped Scranton Prep finish third with 368. Wallenpaupack shot 422 and Marian Catholic shot 429.
Central Dauphin's Alli Cooper finished one shot back with a 77 and won the low sophomore award.
After the individual champion, the top two players in each class receive awards.
Cerra was low senior with a 79. Montrose's Katie Clark was second with an 81.
Holy Cross also had the top two juniors. Emily Okrepkie shot 83 and Rachel Mackrell 86.
Wallenpaupack's Julia Santo was second among sophomores with a 78.
Central Dauphin's Alexis Hartwick was the low freshman with an 83. Wallenpaupack's Molly Mowatt was second with a 101.
McKenzie Evanusa, the lone Riverside entry, shot 122.