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Avon Lake's Paighton Masterson shakes off bad start, wins second straight Ohio Girls Golf Foundation Showcase

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    Avon Lake junior Paighton Masterson watches one of her tee shots Monday at the Ohio Girls Golf Foundation Showcase at Avon Oaks Country Club. Masterson shot a 3-over 75 to win the event for the second year in a row.


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    Annika Neumann of Avon chips at Ohio Girls Golf Foundation showcase at Avon Oaks Country Club on July 17.


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    Madison Gardner of Magnificat drives at Ohio Girls Golf Foundation showcase at Avon Oaks Country Club on July 17.


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    Madison Gardner of Magnificat putts at the Ohio Girls Golf Foundation showcase at Avon Oaks Country Club on July 17.



AVON — The day didn’t start the way Avon Lake junior Paighton Masterson would have liked Monday at the Ohio Girls Golf Foundation 2017 Showcase at Avon Oaks Country Club.

The ending was exactly what Masterson was hoping for.

Masterson earned medalist honors for the second year in a row with a 3-over 75. She was one of only five golfers out of a record field of 101 to shoot under 80.

The day began with a golf clinic hosted by local LPGA pro Barb Mucha, then the players took the course for a shotgun start followed by an awards dinner and the presentation of five $1,000 scholarships by the OGGF.

Recent Avon grad, and winner of one of those scholarships, Annika Neumann shot 82. Fellow Avon resident and scholarship winner Madison Gardner (a Magnificat grad) shot an 83 and helped her old schoolmates to a second-place finish.

Masterson doubled-bogeyed her first hole of the day, the par-5 sixth. However, she was determined not to let one errant shot derail her round.

“I was just thinking about making birdies and trying to do what I did last year,” said Masterson, who won with a 70 a year ago.

“It’s annoying when you get off to a bad start but at the same time I knew I had 17 more holes to make up for it. I’ve came back from double bogeys before.”

Avon Lake finished fourth out of 17 teams. Emma Davies shot 83 and incoming freshman Maggie Masterson had a chance to play with her older sister for the first time in a high school uniform.

Walsh Jesuit edged Magnificat for the team title with a 356.

“I’ll take a 75 because I know it could have been much worse,” Masterson said.

Gardner, who will continue her career at Gannon University, said playing in the event and winning a scholarship holds special meaning for her because the first golf tournament she ever played in was an OGGF event four years ago.

“This really means a lot to me,” Gardner said. “This is the organization I’ve been playing golf with four years now and for my teammates to see me up there getting a scholarship, I hope this motivates them to want to play college golf as well.”

“I was very happy with our second-place finish today,” Gardner said. “I didn’t play as well as I would have liked but we had a couple of girls who played really well and we were really competitive.”

Incoming Cleveland State freshman Amanda Baker, who played on the Brooklyn High School boys team the past four years, was one stroke off Masterson’s pace with a 76.

“This is one of my favorite tournaments to play in every summer,” said Neumann, who is headed to Saginaw Valley State. “It was always a nice start to the high school season and you get to play on a really nice course. Winning the scholarship means so much to me, especially coming from the OGGF because they do so much for female golfers.”

Despite the favorable weather conditions, the course played more difficult than it has the last two years when the winner finished under par.

“The greens were pretty fast and the rough was pretty think because it has rained so much recently,” Neumann said. “Plus you weren’t getting any roll on your drives.”

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TEAM SCORES: Walsh Jesuit 356, Magnificat “A” 356, Canfield 358, Avon Lake 371, North Royalton 372, Medina 372, Poland Seminary 389, Massillon Pery 390, Laurel “A” 392, Magnificat “B” 400, Olmsted Falls 403, Brecksville 413, Rocky River 418, Warren JFK “A” 439, Laurel “B” 441, Copley 475, Warren JFK “B” 515

Medalist: Paighton Masterson, Avon Lake, 75

TOP INDIVIDUALS: Amanda Baker, Brooklyn, 76; Gilian Cerimele, Canfeld 79; Shelby Lewis, Walsh Jesuit, 79; Averi Hanna, Cloverleaf, 79

LOCAL INDIVIDUALS: Annika Neumann, Avon, 82; Elena Zaborniak, Amherst, 89; Nichole Selzer, Keystone, 91; Julia Porchetta, Avon, 107


Walsh Jesuit (356): Shelby Lewis 79, Audrey Zedella 89, Christina Geiger 94, Gwen Bush 94, Nicolina Valdre 102

Magnificat “A” (357): Madison Gardner 83, Aly Kovach 91, Shannon Sullivann 93, Rachel Hetman 89, Kali Arnosk 111

Canfield (358): Gillian Cerimele 79, Carmel Cerimele 88, Victoria Messuri 99, Kristin Shelley 92, Haley Tisone 117

Avon Lake (371): Paighton Masterson 75, Emma Davies 83, Maggie Owens 99, Maggie Masterson 114

Medina (372): Alyssa Drehs 88, Maddie Debnar 93, Alex Wiedemann 106, Erin Frey 93, Rebecca Prandi 98

North Royalton (372): Megan Grospitch 82, Paige Rider 87, Gabrielle Horvath 97, Samantha Horvath 106

Poland Seminary (389): Jenna Jacobson 84, Marlie McConnell 97, Elena Cammack 109, Giana Myers 107, Jenna Timko 101

Massillon Perry (390): Addie Martin 85, Destiny Johnson 95, Maddie Fisher 109, Emma George 101

Laurel “A” (392): Jami Morris 84, Grace Durdle 104, Caroline Abbey 110, Sophia Levinson 94, Tiffany Iler 131

Magnificat “B” (400): Grace Boccia 107, Samantha Lyle 103, Anna Schramko 104, Ellen O’Leary 86, Shia Vargo 108

Olmsted Falls (403): Sam Torres 98, Lindsay Rowe 102, Kayla Kippes 101, Alyson Veverka 102

Brecksville (413): Julie Melaragno 103, Abby Jaite 142, Abby Long 123, Emily Schwenn 103, Hannah Mitchell 84

Rocky River (418): Iris Shin 86, Makayla Sheehan 91, Jesse Zucker 119, Gilliana Laduato 133, Bella LoParo 122

Warren JFK “A” (439): Nicole Eddy 99, Emily Marcavish 100, Megan Walsh 116, Gabby Foreman 134, Latessa Fortson 124

Laurel “B” (441): Taylor Thierry 94, Hailey Thierry 101, Madeleine Bee 114, Emily Axner 132

Copley (475): Maia Mathey 95, Samantha Darr 111, Taylor Grosenbaugh 140, Sei Kondo 129

Warren J.F.K. “B” (515): Naomi Herman 121, Isabella Frazeskos 138, Madeline Gumino 126, Grace Yocum 138, Olivia Placanica 130

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