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High school golf: Avon Lake girls post school record round en route to runner-up finish

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    Emily Fankhauser of Westlake tees off at the Edison Invitational in Huron on Aug. 10.

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    Cecilia Dillon of Vermilion tees off at the Edison Invitational in Huron on Aug. 10.

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HURON — After posting the best round in school history, the Avon Lake Shoregals anxiously sat around the picnic tables at the edge of the Thunderbird Hills South Golf Course on Wednesday waiting to see if it would be good enough to win the Edison Girls Invitational.

It wasn’t. The host Chargers edged the Shoregals 317-320, but the Shoregals were still all smiles as they headed home with the second-place trophy after competing against an elite 21-team field.

“It was nerve-wracking sitting there waiting but it’s just amazing how well we played today,” said junior Marina Wilson, who shot a personal-record 8-over 80, knocking three strokes off her previous best competitive round, which she shot at the Catawba Island Club.

“My driver clicked a lot more today than (Tuesday) at the Mags Invitational,” said Wilson, who shot an 89 at the Magnificat Invitational. “Plus, I was chipping and putting better today. It’s amazing to see what a difference a day can make.”

Shoregals sophomore Paighton Masterson was also on her game with a 3-over 75, the third-best score in the field.

“Today was a lot of fun but it was super hot out there,” she said. “I had to hydrate a ton. My driver was better than it has been, I hit more greens than I did a couple of days ago and some of my putts went in.”

Senior Abby Hawkinson also shot the best round of her high school career with a 7-over 79.

“We were hoping to get a top-three finish today, so to come in second is really good,” Masterson said. “When I saw our scores today I was really proud of every one on this team.”

Senior Hannah Oehlstrom shot an 86 to round out the Avon Lake scoring.

“We placed third here last year and set a new school record with a 333, and we played well yesterday, so I was hoping for a top-three finish today,” Shoregals coach Krystine Frisch said. “I’m proud of how the girls were able to grind it out with the heat today. I like that our squad is really pushing each other to be better.”

The two teams that will be Avon Lake’s biggest competitors in the Southwestern Conference this season were also the only other local teams to place in the top 10. Led by senior Annika Neumann’s 79, Avon finished ninth with 371. Westlake, led by Emily Fankhauser’s 79, was 10th with 374.

There was a familiar name on top of the leaderboard as Shelby senior Alexis Jones took medalist honors for the third time in her career with a 1-over 73. Jones, who is being recruited by several Division I schools, was medalist in her freshman and sophomore years and lost a playoff for medalist honors as a junior.

Contact Todd Shapiro at 329-7135 or ctsports@chroniclet.com.

Team scores: Edison 317, Avon Lake 320, Ashland 320, Lexington 340, Shelby 343, Perkins 360, Huron 362, Van Buren 364, Avon 371, Westlake 374, Norwalk 376, Bellevue 379, Bay 392, Perrysburg 406, Tiffin 427, Norwalk St. Paul 431, Port Clinton 438, Rocky River 445, North Olmsted 445, Vermilion 473, St. Mary’s Central Catholic 498.

Medalist: Alexis Jones, Shelby, 73

Top Individuals: Natalie Shultz, Ashland, 74; Paighton Masterson, Avon Lake, 75; Peyton Bryce, Ottawa Hills, 76. Anna Watson, Ashland, 77; Mackenzie Butler, Edison, 77; Jordan Pruitt, Edison, 77; Iris Shin, Rocky River, 77; Claire Korbas, Shelby, 78; Alayna Ross, Lexington, 78; Julia Hippley, Huron, 78.

Ashland (320): Natalie Shultz 74, Emma Swain 81, Emily Waston 77, Emily Brustoski 88, Leah Metzger 90, Abby Fossaceca 129.

Avon (371): Annika Neumann 79, Danielle Austinson 87, Alyssa Matrona 89, Julia Porchetta 116, Madison McSwenney 128.

Avon Lake (320): Paighton Masterson 75, Emma Davies 89, Abby Hawkinson 79, Marina Wilson 80, Hannah Oehlstrom 86, Liz Thieken 87.

Bay (392): Lydia Strickler 87, Reilly Gorby 100, Claire Williams 111, Maggie Williams 98, Hannah McCoy 107.

Bellevue (379): Kennedy Miller 103, Laini Carlson 97, Abby Bullion 99, Claire Berry 89, Kiestin Tuttamore 95, Maddy Norman 98.

Edison (317): Shelby Zeiter 85, Mackenzie Butler 77, Jordan Pruitt 77, Jacque Butler 83, Zoe Grant 80, Hailey Schnellinger 86.

Huron (362): Julia Hippley 78 , Rachel Stadler 86, Aubrey Baumler 109, Gabby Buathier 89, Kelsey Stadler 116.

Lexington (340): Isabelle Jedrab 87, Alayna Ross 78, Leah Burtscher 87, Laureen Branch 88, Macy Tetrick 89.

Ottawa Hills: Peyton Brice 76, Caroline Dayton 82 , Olivia Cowley 81.

North Olmsted (445): Rachel Sladky 91, Kaitlyn Kwait 98, Grace English 120, Maddie Ensign 138, Layla Ruben 142, Natalie Ellis 136.

Norwalk (376): Bethany Craig 93, Addie Mannino 95, Tanner Radcliffe 109, Ana Little 99, Darian Brooks 89, Madison Duncan 134.

Perkins (360): Sammy Smith 95, Abby Singler 84, Katie Visci 89, Nancy Siegel 104, Alaina Sarrica 92, Nancy Wahl 128.

Perrysburg (406): Franny Sberna 83, Ella Sams 87. Liz Finney 102, Chelsea Fisher 134.

Port Clinton (438): Emily Reineck 89, Alexis Gabel 137, Macy Weiss 108, Rachel Simpson 109, Mackenzie Halsey 132.

Rocky River (445): Iris Shin 77, Olivia Sullivan 142 , Hanna Chapman 116, Jesse Zucker 110.

Shelby (343): Alexis Jones 73 , Claire Korbas 78, Emma Roberts 94, Lexi Uplinger 98, Julia Gutchall 107, Megan Owen 140.

St. Mary’s Central Catholic (498): Alyssa Yontz 103, Megan Maschari 99, Maddie Grant 145, Natalie Vargas 151.

Norwalk St. Paul (431): Gabby Scauuzzo 87, Miller Hosack 104, Catherine Juby 136, Cassie Baker 113, Grace Gillen 163, Kaitlyn Olak 127.

Tiffin (427): Ava Sarka 102, Andrea Spurck 95, Taylor Losey 115, Ashley Myers 115, Olivia Olinger 116, Kate Burkes 116.

Van Buren (364): Zoie Nieto 85, Ashley Franklin 93 , Maria Trusty 90, Olivia Sexton 96, Lydia Smith 97, Lily Wagner 149.

Vermilion (473): Cecelia Dillon 90, Lucy Safer 107, Kennedy Hughs 128, Lyndsey Shaffer 166, Maria Keller 148.

Westlake (374): Emily Fankhauser 86, Bethany Hartmann 91, Suzanne Button 102, Charlotte Button 113, Alexa Prexta 104, Sophia Peck 95.



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