Golf: New Albany girls capture third straight state title

Dave Purpura
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Madison Spiess led New Albany in the Division I state tournament Oct. 23 and 24 at Ohio State's Gray Course, shooting a 141 to earn medalist honors as the Eagles won their third consecutive state championship.

After the first round of the Division I state girls golf tournament was played Oct. 23 at Ohio State’s Gray Course under mostly sunny skies with temperatures soaring into the upper 70s, New Albany coach Rich Ritter said he expected his team to enjoy a second round the next day with conditions in the mid-40s and a persistent wind.

“It’ll be fun. It’ll probably be the worst weather we’ve played in in three years,” Ritter said. “We look forward to whatever the weather throws at us.”

As usual, the Eagles thrived despite the conditions, using consistency to win their third consecutive state title with team scores of 293 in each round, 41 shots ahead of runner-up Mason.

Madison Spiess shot a two-day total of 141 to win the individual title by three shots ahead of Rocky River Magnificat’s Cara Heisterkamp and Massillon Jackson’s Avery Wright.

New Albany's Anna Ritter places her ball on the ninth green during the Division I state tournament Oct. 23. Ritter, last year’s individual champion, was fifth overall this season with a two-day score of 149.

In the boys tournament at Ohio State’s Scarlet Course, Dublin Jerome’s three-year streak of state championships came to an end with a fourth-place finish (618) behind champion Akron Hoban (606). Olentangy Orange finished sixth (629).

Balanced effort

paces Eagles

New Albany led by 17 shots after the first round and steadily widened its lead throughout the second, thanks to Spiess shooting a 70 and Kary Hollenbaugh a 71, a nine-shot drop from the previous day.

Anna Ritter finished with a 149, followed by Hollenbaugh (151), Emerson Purcell (152) and Anna Coccia (154).

“Every hole felt about 20 yards farther (Oct. 24). It was cold and not as windy, but balls weren’t flying as far so it was definitely tougher,” said Spiess, a Santa Clara commit and four-time state qualifier. “It means so much. I love my team. We all work hard. It’s exciting to be together and able to do this.”

Anna Ritter, last year’s individual champion, was fifth overall. Hollenbaugh tied for sixth and Purcell tied for 10th with Olentangy Berlin’s Mia Raines.

“It was a fantastic team effort the past couple of days,” coach Ritter said.

Dublin Coffman's Annika Manjunath tees off on No. 16 during the Division I state tournament Oct. 23 at Ohio State's Gray Course. She led the Shamrocks, who finished seventh, with a two-day total of 153.

Led by Annika Manjunath’s two-day total of 153, Dublin Coffman finished seventh (650) in its first appearance as a team since 2015.

Ellie Lim totaled 160, Ava Guilliams shot a 164 and Alex DeRee had a 173. Megan Kestner finished with a 175.

“Our expectations were to finish a little higher but we had a great year,” Shamrocks coach Randy Patton said. “We won some tournaments and even beat New Albany once (during the OCC-Central Division tournament). We accomplished a lot.”

Raines shot a 75 in the final round, two shots better than the previous day.

Olentangy Berlin's Mia Raines tied for 10th in the Division I state tournament held Oct. 23 and 24 at Ohio State's Gray Course.

Groomes leads

Celtics to fourth

Jerome’s Tyler Groomes shot a 150, including 73 in the final round, to tie for fifth place and lead the Celtics to fourth as a team.

Groomes, an Ohio State commit, finished seven shots behind individual champion Jordan Gilkison of Springboro. 

“It was tough out there, cold, windy and I had a rough front 9, but I was able to come back on the back 9,” Groomes said.

Tyler Groomes tied for fifth place to lead Dublin Jerome to fourth as a team in the Division I state tournament held Oct. 23 and 24 at Ohio State's Scarlet Course. The Celtics had won the previous three state titles.

Brett Podobinski shot a 153 for Jerome. Jake Kuhlman had a 157, followed by Ryan Miller (158) and Jake Yarbrough (164).

Corbin Bentley’s tie for 10th place (152) paced Orange, which was at state as a team for the first time since the program’s inaugural season of 2008. Luke Johnson shot a 153, followed by Jonathan Green (160), Nathan Brown (164) and Mitch Perdue (175).

Corbin Bentley tied for 10th place in the Division I state tournament to lead Olentangy Orange, which competed at state as a team for the first time since its inaugural season of 2008. The Pioneers finished sixth.
Westerville Central's Josh Qian tied for seventh place in the Division I state tournament, which was held Oct. 23 and 24 at Ohio State's Scarlet Course.

Westervile Central’s Josh Qian tied for seventh place with a 151, but was disappointed after following up his 71 in the opening round — which had him one shot off the lead in second place — with an 81.

“Nothing was on and I couldn’t get things going,” Qian said. “I definitely learned a lot this weekend.”

St. Charles’ Leo Walling shot a 159 and tied for 34th place.

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