Written by J. Patrick Eaken
Friday, 03 October 2008 15:40
Eastwood golfer Alyssa Shimel advanced to the state golf tournament for the first time since her freshman season by shooting a 75 at the Division II district tournament at Sycamore Springs Golf Course near Arlington
As a team, Eastwood finished fifth — two spots out of the loop to qualify as a team for state. Eastwood’s score of 381 was behind Edison (389), Huron (371), and Lima Shawnee (379), and Delphos St. John’s (380). Cardinal Stritch finished 14th at district with a score of 444.
The Eastwood girls advanced to district after finishing second at the Green Hills sectional near Clyde, thanks again to Shimel. Eastwood had a score of 404 to finish behind sectional champion Huron. Eagle players advancing are Alyssa Shimel 75, MIkayla Young 101, Hailey Bess 108, and Delaney Gentry 120.
Oak Harbor finished fifth with a 431 score, two spots off the pace to reach district play. Advancing as an individual is Rachel Brown of Genoa, who shot a 78. Brown failed to qualify for state last week.
A year ago in girls’ sectionals at Green Hills, Shimel and Brown qualified for districts as individuals after scoring a 71 and 81, respectively, in sectionals. Two years ago, as a freshman, Shimel was fourth in the girls’ state tournament.
Two years ago, Shimel was honored at the Jamie Farr LPGA tournament when she is presented with a $750 educational scholarship at the 18th Green Ceremony at Highland Meadows during the conclusion of the Jamie Farr tournament.
She earned the scholarship by winning the Gold Flight at the Girls Junior Golf Amateur Tournament at The Legacy by Arthur Hills Golf Course in Ottawa Lake, Mich.
Shimel shot a 42-72—114 to again beat runner-up and good friend, Rachel Brown, of Genoa, who shot a 41-84—125.
Shimel had played in the Jamie Farr Junior Girls Amateur the previous four years, but this was the first time she walked away with the trophy. She placed second the previous year, which she said had motivated her.
“I was so close last year,” Shimel told The Press. “I really wanted to come back this year and win it. It meant a lot. I really work hard and I wanted to win every year. I work hard every summer so I can win this tournament.”
Three years ago, three area female high school golfers, Brown, Shimel, and Nicole Woggon (Oak Harbor), finished 1-2-3 in the Gold Flight at the Jamie Farr Girls Junior Amateur golf tournament at The Legacy.
This season, the Cardinal Stritch girls’ golf team finished third under Coach Jeff DeSelms at the White Pines Golf Course Division II sectional and also advanced as a team to district play, but did not reach the state tournament.
At the sectional, the Cardinals finished behind Maumee (379) and Rossford (405) with a team score of 409. Cardinal scores were — freshman Alexandria Niehaus 42-44-86, junior Alexandria Tucker 47-45-92, sophomore Haley Ruskinoff 59-56-115, senior Hayley Gears 58-58-116, and sophomore Samantha Tank 59-61-120.
Niehaus finished seventh and Tucker ninth at White Pines. Also advancing from White Pines as individuals was Woodmore senior Samantha Michaelis with a 46-41-87, good enough for eighth at the sectional.
In the Division I sectional, Clay finished eighth with a score of 447 at Detwiler Golf Course in North Toledo, failing to qualify for district play.