By Ryan Kaczamrski
The Magnificat golf team edged out Strongsville by 12 strokes to take top honors in the Division I girls sectional golf tournament held at Sweetbriar Golf Course on Oct 4.
Magnificat had a total score of 329 for the win. Strongsville took second place with a score of 341.
Sophomore Ali Nageotte shot a round of 77 (third lowest overall) for the Blue Streaks.
“It was such a challenge today with the standing water,” Nageotte said. “Every shot you were kicking up doormats as divots. I had to stay through the ball with my swing and kept plugging along.”
The other scorers for Magnificat were Jillian Hollis (80), Cara Kelley and Julia Gentner (each with 86).
“We’re happy with the results,” said Magnificat head coach Katy Kahler. “The conditions of the course were very wet. I think they (the team) would all like lower scores. We shot a 316 here for our tournament back in August, so today was partially the conditions.
We’re definitely happy to move on to Districts.”
Avon finished in third place with a score of 358 and Eagles’ junior Kaitlin Neumann won medalist honors with her round of 75.
“As with the West Shore Conference tournament, it was very wet out there (today),” Neumann said. “There was a lot of standing water and ‘grounds under repair’, but I powered through it and ended up with a pretty good round.”
Avon Lake finished in fourth place with a score of 378. The top four teams and the top four individuals not on a top four team all move on to the district tournament.
North Olmsted finished ninth in the tournament, but Nicole Gentile will represent the Eagles in the district tournament as an individual with her round of 92.
“I’m just really excited that I had the chance to play with all of these girls,” Gentile said. “I didn’t think I would make it (to districts) with that high of a score, but I’m glad that I did and I’m excited to see what districts has in store for us.”
The other scorers for North Olmsted are Katey Hull (99), Cathy Rodman (113) and Leah Sladky (121).
Rocky River finished in tenth place with a score of 428. The Pirates’ number one golfer Jacqueline Gentner will also be playing in the district tournament as an individual with her round of 93.
“This is her senior year and she has been fantastic all four years playing for us,” said Pirates head coach Richard Haag. “She’s a tremendous kid.”
The other scorers for Rocky River are Elena Chiviles (110), Emily Coletta (112) and Ellie Peterson (113).
Kaitlin Rose (93) from St. Joseph Academy and Hannah Miller (94) from Padua are the other two golfers going on to the district tournament.
Bay finished in fifth place with a score of 393. The Rockets low scorer was Ciera Miller (95), followed by Stephanie Sheppa (98), Kelsey Reilly (99) and Sia Young (101).
Westlake finished in eighth place with a score of 419. The Demons were led by Loren Kreider (97), followed by Katie Carroll (102), Jordan LaBroo (104) and Sarah Bates (116).
Olmsted Falls finished with a score of 462. The scorers for the Bulldogs are Ashley Gomez (102), Jessica Bobick (114), Alyshia Boscarello (121) and Abby Nichols (125).