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Paighton's place: Avon Lake senior Masterson continues dominance on home course

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    Paighton Masterson watches as the ball flies during the Division 1 Sectionals at Legacy Course at Sweetbriar in Avon Lake.


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    Emily Fankhauser of Westlake hits the ball during the Division 1 Sectionals at Legacy Course at Sweetbriar in Avon Lake.


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    Rosie Friend of Amherst during the Division 1 Sectionals at Legacy Course at Sweetbriar in Avon Lake.


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    Paighton Masterson watches as she hits the ball out of the trees during the Division 1 Sectionals at Legacy Course at Sweetbriar in Avon Lake.



AVON LAKE — Avon Lake senior Paighton Masterson continued her run of success at her school’s home course, carding a 76 to claim medalist honors at the Division I girls sectional tournament at Sweetbriar Golf Club.

Masterson, who two weeks ago shot a school-record 64 at the Medina Invitational, was the medalist at the Southwestern Conference girls tournament at Sweetbriar last week. Overall the Shoregals shot 349 to finish second to sectional champion Magnificat and earn a team spot at next week’s district tournament at Legends of Massillon.

Masterson, who will play in college at the University of Cincinnati, didn’t get off to the kind of start she would have liked.

The finish, however, was exactly what she needed.

“It was actually pretty rough,” Masterson said. “I started off with three bogeys and knew I had to work to get back in it. I ended up birdying two holes and knew I was going to still be good. I had a few bad holes on the back but I finished well. I birdied 16, parred 17 and birdied 18.

“So I finished well, which was really nice.”

Avon Lake coach Krystine Frisch knew her senior anchor would bounce back from the rough start.

“She is that kind of player,” Frisch said. “She rallies back and is able to focus and concentrate. She’s done that all year so I had faith that she would do that. And she did. She’s a great player.

“She’s our captain and she’s a good leader, so having her rally back really motivated everyone else.”

Emma Davies shot 85, Maggie Owen 94, Liz Thieken 97 and Marissa Hall 94 for the Shoregals. All five Avon Lake golfers are seniors.

“I’m happy and I hope we have a better day next Tuesday than we did today,” Frisch said. “It’s golf and that’s the type of sport it is. Kudos to Mags for their good day today. I’m proud of my girls for hanging in there and grinding it out.”

Magnificat won the sectional title with a score of 344. Aly Kovach carded an 81, Ellen O’Leary an 83, Shia Vargo an 84, Anna Schramko a 103 and Grace Boccia a 96 for Mags.

“The girls worked really hard and we had two girls come in with their low rounds of the year,” Magnificat coach Elizabeth Szep said. “All our hard work paid off. I told them to take things shot by shot and all our work was around the greens. I wanted them to take it one shot at a time and that’s what they did today.”

Westlake (369) and Medina (379) rounded out the top four to advance to the district tournament, which will be held Tuesday.

Amherst junior Rosalyn Friend was one of the top four individual players that were not on an advancing team, shooting an 89. Those top four will play in the district tournament with the chance to advance to the state tournament.

“I’m really happy,” Friend said. “It was a little rough on the first nine I played — the back nine — but I pulled through. I’ve been practicing more and more and getting a better idea how to handle golf and schoolwork. I’ve found a good balance.”

Friend is excited about playing at Legends of Massillon because she is wants to see how she measures up against the advanced competition.

“I’m looking forward to getting a better idea of the level of competition that’s out there,” she said. “I want to play in college so this is really going to help me get an idea of what it looks like.”

Avon finished eighth by shooting 391, Amherst ninth at 395 and North Ridgeville 11th at 441.

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1. Magnificat* 344 (Aly Kovach 81, Ellen O’Leary 83, Shia Vargo 84, Anna Schramko 103, Grace Boccia 96); 2. Avon Lake* 349 (Paighton Masterson 76, Emma Davies 85, Maggie Owen 94, Liz Thieken 97, Marissa Hall 94); 3. Westlake* 369 (Emily Fankhauser 84, Charlotte Button 94, Lauren Akers 86, Kayla Shuemann 105, Sophia Peck 117); 4. Medina* 379 (Maddie Debnar 92, Erin Frey 88, Cleo Meldrum 104, Olivia Ferris 98, Aubrey Cavey 101); 5. St. Joseph Academy 381; 6. Olmsted Falls 386; 7. Strongsville 388; 8. Avon 391; 9. Amherst 395; 10. Rocky River 402; 11. North Ridgeville 441; 12. North Olmsted 450; 13. Brunswick 451; 14. Bay 531; 15. Buckeye 0; 16. Lakewood 0; 17. Midview 0; 18. James F. Rhodes 0.

* — qualifying team


1. Paighton Masterson (Avon Lake) 76; 2. Iris Shin* (Rocky River) 77; 3. Aly Kovach (Magnificat) 81; 4. Libby Poole* (St. Joseph Academy) 82; 5. Ellen O’Leary (Magnificat) 83; 6. Shia Vargo (Magnificat) 84, 7. Emily Fankhauser (Westlake) 84; 8. Emma Davies (Avon Lake) 85; 9. Lauren Akers (Westlake) 86; 10. Erin Frey (Medina) 88, 11. Lauren ONeill* (Strongsville) 88; 12. Rosalyn Friend* (Amherst) 89; 13. Alyson Veverka (Olmsted Falls) 91; 14. Maddie Debnar (Medina) 92; 15. Julia Porchetta (Avon) 93, Samantha Torres (Olmsted Falls) 93, Reagan Bass (Strongsville) 93; 18. Maggie Owen (Avon Lake) 94, Marissa Hall (Avon Lake) 94, Maddy Macalla (St. Joseph Academy) 94, Charlotte Button (Westlake) 94; 22. Alyssa Kell (N. Olmsted) 95; 23. Morgan Briley (Brunswick) 96, Grace Boccia (Magnificat) 96, Ayalis Vicens (Amherst) 96; 26. Kavita Nanda (Avon) 97, Liz Thieken (Avon Lake) 97, Heather Gerome (N. Ridgeville) 97; 29. Olivia Ferris (Medina) 98, Kayla Kippes (Olmsted Falls) 98, Maddy Yuhasz (St. Joseph Academy) 98; 32. Makayla Lawrence (Avon) 100; 33. Amanda Holtzman (Avon) 101, Sydney Heckeler (Lakewood) 101, Aubrey Cavey (Medina) 101, Maggie Rodgers (Rocky River) 101; 37. Veronica Palmer (Strongsville) 102; 38. Anna Schramko (Magnificat) 103; 39. Cleo Meldrum (Medina) 104, Alyssa Veverka (Olmsted Falls) 104, CeCe Iliff (Amherst) 104; 42. Ciara Grieve (Rocky River) 105, Erin Toth (Strongsville) 105, Kayla Shuemann (Westlake) 105; 45. Melissa Wright (Amherst) 106; 46. Mollie Tirpak (St. Joseph Academy) 107, Caitlin Rupp (Strongsville) 107; 48. Kayleigh Shafer (N. Ridgeville) 108; 49. Ainsley Gillcrist (Avon) 109, Sam Soucie (St. Joseph Academy) 109; 51. Bailey Chatham (Midview) 110, Savannah Porter (N. Olmsted) 110; 53. Natalie Ellis (N. Olmsted) 111; 54. Claudia Schuh (Olmsted Falls) 113; 55. Courtney Goessler (Brunswick) 115; 56. Sam Simko (N. Ridgeville) 117, Sophia Peck (Westlake) 117; 58. Madison Perdue (Brunswick) 119, Zoe Monyak (N. Ridgeville) 119, Kate McKeown (Rocky River) 119, Lexi Aguilar (Rocky River) 119; 62. Amelia Timko (Brunswick) 121; 63. Katie Weaver (Midview) 122; 64. Alexa Gatesman (Brunswick) 125; 65. Larissa Strouse (Bay) 130, Halle Parks (Bay) 130; 67. Lilly Porta (Buckeye) 132; 68. Alex Earl (Bay) 134, Layla Ruben (N. Olmsted) 134; 70. Maizy Ereditario (Bay) 137; 71. Delaney Slavin (Bay) 144; 72. Olivia DiPerna (James F. Rhodes) 157.

** — qualifying individual

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