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Woodmore’s Mikayla Baer earns third trip to state
Baer shot a 77, five-over par at Sycamore Springs Golf Course in Arlington. The winning individual score was 71. The top three teams and top three individuals not on a team that finished among the top three earn a trip to the state tournament.
Baer, a two-time All-Ohio selection, finished tied for 10th as a sophomore at the state tournament and last year tied for third place shooting a 155. This year’s state tournament will be played Oct. 12-13 at The Ohio State University Gray Golf Course. Baer was a second-team all-state selection as a sophomore and she earned first-team accolades last season.
Baer defended her Division II girls’ sectional title by shooting a 34-34—68 at White Pines Golf Course in Swanton.
“She was solid from tee to green,” Coach Steve Burner said. “It put chills in you to watch her play.”
She earned medalist honors after beating runners-up Emily Turski, a junior from Cardinal Stitch Catholic — the Cardinals took second place as a team to advance to districts – and Anna Marshall of Wauseon by a whopping 20 strokes.
The Stritch girls’ golf team fell short of reaching the state tournament after shooting a 429.
The girls were led this season by Turski with a nine-hole average of 45, which includes five events as medalist, second overall in the Northwest Ohio Girls Golf League championship and second overall in the Division II sectionals.
At the sectional, Turski shot a 44-44—88, freshman Sydney Tucker a 52-51—103, sophomore Tori Pinciotti 47-58—105, sophomore Macy McGrady 52-58—110, and Maddie Niehaus 63-52—115 as Stritch scored 406 to finish behind champion Otsego (383). Following Stritch was Elmwood (422), Eastwood (449), Rossford (452), and Edon (470).
For Eastwood, junior Hannah Cook shot 55-64—119, junior Elisa Reyes had 60-54—114, sophomore Abbi Sheldrick 53-55—108, sophomore Paige Himburg 57-60—117, and sophomore Alysa Rice 53-57—110.
Nonetheless, at Stone Ridge Golf Club in Bowling Green, the Stritch boys’ golf team scored 371 to finish second behind Ottawa Hills for the second straight year. Last year at Brandywine, Stritch scored 361 to finish behind the Green Bears, who scored 339.
Stritch senior Brennan Crawford led the way this year with an 89 followed by fellow senior Alex Demory and sophomores Sam Harrison and Brandon Payeff.
At the sectional tournament, it was overcast with little showers at Green Hills Golf Course in Clyde, but that did not stop Harrison from shooting a 3-over-par 74. That score allowed Harrison to become Stritch’s first boys’ golfer to advance to the district tournament since Torey Brummet in 2008.
Brummett was a TAAC medalist three consecutive years (2006-08), shooting a 77, 75, and 68 at both Bowling Green State University’s Forrest Creason and Detwiler golf courses. The 37-31—68 is the TAAC’s best all-time score. He led the Stritch team to its last TAAC title in 2006 and was also a state qualifier.
Other area past TAAC medalists include Scott Daney, a Stritch golfer whose 77 earned co-honors in 1999, Stritch golfer Andy Eccleston (76, 2000), Northwood golfer Matt Triggs (73, 2004), and Northwood’s Louis Fahrbach (73, 2009).
Other area past TAAC team champions include Stritch (324, 199), Stritch (322, 2000), and Northwood (329, 2005). Runners-up include Stritch (337, 1995), Stritch (337, 1996), Stritch (351, 1997), and Northwood (341, 2006).
This year’s Stritch team just missed on their chance to advance to districts by finishing fifth, two places away from third, which would have qualified them to district.
Seniors Demory, Crawford, and Cody Claytono finished their careers. Harrison was to continue his push to the state tournament on Oct. 4 at Stone Ridge.
In the Three Rivers Athletic Conference meet, both the Clay boys and girls teams finished fourth. The boys’ scores at Stone Ridge were Findlay (309), St. John’s Jesuit (317), St. Francis DeSales (320), Clay (346), Whitmer (352), Central Catholic (369), and Findlay (379). Clay golfer Nick Breier is an honorable mention All-TRAC selection.
At the D-I sectional tournament, Clay finished ninth of 19 teams with a score of 337, but did not advance to districts. St. John’s won the team title, scoring 310.
Clay golfers Alyssa Fussell and Sam Maze were both chosen second team All-TRAC on the girls ledger. Teammates Courtney Quinlan and Kaitlyn Sheahan are honorable mention.
St. Ursula won the girls tournament with a score of 338, followed by Findlay (344), Notre Dame (362), Clay (379), Whitmer (382), and Central (577).
The Clay girls finished in the Northwest Ohio Girls Golf League and sixth at the sectional with Quinlan qualifying as an individual for Monday's district tournament at Stone Ridge.
In other boys D-II sectional golf, Oak Harbor finished 11th at Sawmill Creek Golf Club with a score of 383. Some area D-III sectionals were originally postponed because of rain. (— sports writer Mark Griffin contributed).