AVON LAKE — Nothing could stop Avon’s Kaitlin Neumann on Tuesday.
Not the standing water on the Legacy Course at Sweetbriar Golf Club and not the other players in the 15-team field at the Division I sectional golf tournament.
Not the way Neumann played.
The Avon junior shot a 3-over-par 75 to win individual honors and lead the Eagles to next week’s district.
“It was tough out there with a lot of standing water and ground under repair, but we powered through it,” Neumann said.
Neumann and her Avon teammates will head to the district next Tuesday at the Legends of Massillon on the strength of a 358 score and a third-place finish. Mary Dickson (89), Amanda Emery (99) and Taylor Doehne (95) were the other golfers who scored for Avon.
Despite the adverse course conditions, the Eagles finished 26 shots better than they shot on the same course at the West Shore Conference Tournament on Sept. 22.
The Eagles will see some familiar faces in Massillon since the Avon Lake Shoregals also made it after shooting 378 and grabbing the fourth and final qualifying slot.
Freshman Niki Schroeder led the Shoregals with a 76.
“I knew I just had to play my own game,” Schroeder said of her first sectional tournament. “I couldn’t worry about the conditions. We knew what teams were going be good because we had seen them during the season.”
Corynn Krieg (81), Mallary Koeth (107) and Taylor Browns (114) also scored for the Shoregals.
Magnificat ran away with the team title, shooting a 329 that was 12 strokes better than second-place Strongsville. Ali Nageotte led the Blue Streaks with a 5-over 77 that was the third-best score of the day. Jillian Hollis added an 80.
“Without question the course played a factor today,” Blue Streaks coach Katy Kahler said. “When we were on the course earlier this season we were more than 10 shots lower then we were today.
Nicole Lisi’s 79 led the Mustangs.
In addition to the top four teams, the four individuals with the lowest scores from non-qualifying teams also earned a trip to districts. North Olmsted’s Nicole Gentile led that group with a 92. Rocky River’s Jacqueline Gentner and St. Joseph Academy’s Kaitlin Rose shot 93s and Padua’s Hannah Miller had a 94 to also qualify.
Qualifying teams: Magnificat 329, Strongsville 341, Avon 358, Avon Lake 378. Other teams: Bay 393, St. Joseph Academy 407, Padua 414, Westlake 419, North Olmsted 425, Rocky River 428, North Ridgeville 442, Olmsted Falls 462, Lorain 592.
Individual Qualifiers: Nicole Gentile (North Olmsted), 92; Kaitlin Rose (St. Joseph Academy), 93; Jacqueline Gentner (Rocky River), 93; Hannah Miller (Padua), 94.
AVON (358): Kaitlin Neumann 75, Mary Dickson 89, Amanda Emery 99, Hannah Strack 100, Taylor Doehne 95.
AVON LAKE (378): Niki Schroeder 76, Corynn Krieg 81, Mallary Koeth 107, Bridget McCoy 118, Taylor Browns 114.
LORAIN (592): Gretchen Conibear 136, Chelsea Greenfield 120, Gail Harmon 169, Mallery Carver 167.
NORTH OLMSTED (425): Katey Hull 99, Nicole Gentile 92, Cathy Rodman 113, Erin McGinty 132, Leah Sladky 121.
NORTH RIDGEVILLE (442): Nicole Effingger 107, Nikki Gannon 115, Allison Bussard 102, Kayla Sands 118, Natasha Taleff 120.
OLMSTED FALLS (462): Ashley Gomez 102, Alyshia Boscarello 121, Jessica Bobick 114, Abby Nichols 125, Morgan Haviland 134.
AMHERST (No Team Score): Emily Majzun 109, Jennifer Sutton 123, Natalie Kendrick 127.
WESTLAKE (419): Loren Kreider 97, Katie Carroll 102, Sarah Bates 116, Julia Button 123, Jordan Labroo 104.
Senghas just misses state by one shot
RAVENNA — Freddy Senghas of Wellington missed qualifying for the state tournament by one stroke after shooting a 79 (38-41) at the Division II district tournament at Windmill Lakes Golf Club.
Kyle DiCapua of Lutheran West shot 91 (45-46) and also failed to qualify. Firelands’ Matt Baker did not post a score. No reason was given.
Canton Central Catholic (315), Cardinal Mooney (320), Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin (329) and Berkshire (332) qualified to state as teams.
Brandon Pluchinsky of South Range (74), Thomas Lydic of Champion (75), Nick Flasco of Woodridge (78) and Mitch Weaver of Champion (78) qualified to state as individuals not on qualifying teams.
Vermilion juniors fail to advance
CANTON — Vermilion juniors Taylor Fortner and Jessica Lardie failed to qualify for the state tournament after the Division II district tournament at Tam O’Shanter Golf Course.
Lardie shot 99 (44-55), while Fortner shot 101 (50-51).
Poland Seminary (338), Warren JFK (366) and Hawken (368) qualified to state as teams.
Ashley Yarbrough of Hathaway Brown (76), Bryn Fitzgerald of Orange (78) and Jennah Romansky of CVCA (81) qualified to state as individuals not on qualifying teams.
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