With six seniors in the lineup this season, Clay girls golf coach Kevin Crosson was able to ride the wave and soak in the Eagles’ success.
Next year will be a new challenge.
“The funny thing is, with girls golf at Clay, one year I’ll have four golfers and one year I’ll have 22,” said Crosson, who just completed his 15th season with the Eagles. “This year we had 13 golfers and we’re graduating six, so I’ll still have seven. Those seven worked all year long with volunteer golf coaches who have helped me for a number of years. With those seven and the incoming freshmen, I know we have a lot of work to do. I look forward to working with them and continuing our success in the future.”
|Clay golfer Courtney Quinlan. (Photo courtesy
of Preston Quinlan)
This year’s team finished second behind St. Ursula Academy in the Three Rivers Athletic Conference, and took second behind Northview in the Northwest Ohio Girls Golf League.
“We really had a successful season,” Crosson said. “We knew going in that St. Ursula would be extremely difficult to beat. St. Ursula is loaded. They’re down at the state tournament this weekend and they have a good chance of winning it.
“In the NWOGGL, we finished second to a Northview team that made it to districts. We were very competitive with every school. We had a lot of first- and second-place finishes throughout the season. Most of our second-place finishes came to either St. Ursula or Northview.”
Clay’s departing seniors are Alyssa Fussell, Sam Maze, Courtney Quinlan, Kaitlyn Sheahan, Molly Kristof and Kellie Riley. All six girls were three-year varsity players.
“They all worked their tails off, and they’re great kids,” Crosson said. “I’ve coached basketball for 19 years and golf for 15 years, and this has to be one of the greatest senior classes I’ve ever coached. They love the game, they worked their tails off, they have fun, they come from great families and they do everything the correct way. All of them made academic All-Ohio and academic All-TRAC.”
The Eagles’ season ended on Oct. 2 at Detwiler, where they placed sixth out of 10 teams at the Division I sectional tournament. Sheahan, Clay’s No. 5 golfer, had the team’s top score at sectionals and just missed advancing to the district tournament by two strokes.
“Our sectional was a killer,” Crosson said. “If we played in any other sectional in the state, we would have qualified to districts.”
Fussell, the team captain, led Clay with a 45.3 average and made first-team All-NWOGGL and third-team All-TRAC.
“She did a great job with her leadership role,” Crosson said. “Alyssa is one of the longer hitters in Northwest Ohio. It seemed like with Alyssa, every time there was a nine-hole round or an 18-hole round, it seemed like she would have two bad holes that would keep her from shooting in the 30s and playing ‘bogey’ golf. That could be said about the rest of the team.”
Maze, with a 45.6 average, was the Eagles’ most improved player. She earned first-team honors in the TRAC and the NWOGGL.
“She’s an extremely hard worker, as the rest of them are,” Crosson said. “Sam really wants to play college golf and follow her sister (Amanda, who played at Siena Heights), but she also wants to be better than her sister and separate herself.”
Crosson said Quinlan, who had a 45.8 average and made second-team All-TRAC and All-NWOGGL, and Fussell also want to play college golf.
Sheahan had a 47.7 average and made the second team in both leagues, while Kristof had a 48.4 average and made the second team in the NWOGGL and the third team in the TRAC. Riley finished with a 59.4 average.