Mikayla Baer’s legacy at Woodmore is secure, which means her prep career isn’t likely to be matched by any Wildcats anytime soon.
Baer competed in her third state girls’ golf tournament on Oct. 12-13 at Ohio State University’s Gray Course, and she brought home another all-state honor after finishing in a three-way tie for fifth place in the Division II event.
“My goal was to spend two days in the 70s,” said Baer, a senior. “I always go out there and play my game and don’t worry about anyone else. I was happy, definitely. I made first-team All-Ohio. I accomplished my goal of two days in the 70s and made first team.”
Baer, who finished 10th at the state tournament as a sophomore, was looking for a state title this year after shooting 155 and placing fourth last season at the Gray Course. She ended up shooting 36-41—77 on the first day and 37-42—79 on the second day for a 156 total.
“The greens were trickier this year,” Baer said. “They were faster.”
Maddy Mullens of D-II team champion Sandusky Perkins won the individual title with a 149.
Baer, who played on Woodmore coach Steve Burner’s two-time Northern Buckeye Conference champion boys team during the regular season, said she got off to a good start on the first day of competition in Columbus.
“I played really well the first 15 holes,” she said. “I was hitting the ball really well. The last couple holes kind of got to me. It wasn’t a mental thing. A couple things didn’t drop my way and it was hard to get it back. On one of the last three, I hit the green and it kicked off the green and it put me in a bad lie. I had a couple of bad breaks in the last three holes, and when those build up it’s hard to get back.”
Baer said she played very well for the first seven holes on the second day before “I think I got a little tense.”
“I kind of got out of doing things,” she said. “The last two holes, I played well. I just missed a birdie putt on 17 and then I drained a 20-footer for par. I knew I needed to par that 18th hole to stay in the 70s.”
Baer, a three-time sectional champion, said the reality that her high school career was over finally hit home when she turned in her scorecard after the tournament.
“All I said was, ‘I’m done for high school. This is it,’ ” she said. “Some parts of this season were long, and some not so long. This was kind of bittersweet.”
Baer said she plans to play golf at Bowling Green State University, where she will major in biology, and eventually go to medical school. She said playing professionally isn’t that high on her list.
“I’ll go wherever golf takes me,” Baer said. “I’ve always been kind of education oriented. I’ve been more focused on education than going to the LPGA.”