Courtesy of OGGF
High school girls across the state were treated to a variety of fun golf skill sessions and a motivational seminar by LPGA tour pro Barb Mucha before competing in the Ohio Girls Golf Foundation (OGGF) Open July 16 at Avon Oaks Country Club in Avon.
“You may not realize it at this age,” said Mucha, “but you will make connections through the game of golf that you wouldn’t in any other sport or activity, and ones that will last a lifetime. With the growing opportunities in girls golf over the past years, those connections will become a big part of your life.”
Despite a heat index in the triple digits, the girls turned in some amazing scorecards at the end of the day. In the hard-fought tournament, top individual honors went to Ali Nageotte of Magnificat, who also won in 2011, with a score of 74. Second-place winner Christina Cooper from Canfield High School shot 76, and Halley Morell of Brecksville-Broadview High School shot 77 to take third place.
Other individual players rounding out the top 10 include Alexis Gray of Solon (78), Ali Jakubecz of Strongsville (82), Alexis Cadle of Berlin Center (85), Taylor Hendrehan of Massilon (90), Ashley Gomez of Olmsted Falls (90), Anna Schatschneider of Avon (90), Hannah Strack of Avon (92) and Carly Alexander of Medina (92).
Magnificat took top honors in the team competition for the fifth time in OGGF Open history (326), followed by Canfield High School (344) and Medina High School (374). Other schools participating included Avon Lake, Bay Village, Brecksville-Broadview Heights, Copley High School, Hubbard High School, Poland Seminary High School, Saint Joseph Academy and Warren JFK.
“Even though we had some incredible scores,” said OGGF tournament Director Tom Rider, who coaches the Warren JFK team, “I encourage girls of every ability to take part in all that we offer – from college scholarships to instructional clinics, and financial aid, as well as the Open.”
Also at the event, six girls were presented college scholarships: Taylor Henderhan will attend Walsh University; Alison Jakubecz, University of Cincinnati; Mallary Koeth, Kent State University; Annie McGlone, St. Mary’s College; Kelsie Teaberry, Kent State University; and Christine Bilas, Notre Dame College. Over the years, the OGGF has awarded $91,000 to more than 100 girls.