LIMA — Once Mother Nature decided to co-operate, the annual Lima Central Catholic girls’ golf invitational was able to tee off at Hawthorne Hills on Saturday morning with 25 teams participating in three different divisions.
Tee times were delayed by a half hour due to thunder and lightning plus a very heavy, but thankfully brief, downpour.
The Scarlet Division was for 12 big schools while the Blue Division was comprised of six smaller schools. The White Division was made up of mostly JV teams.
Local teams participating included Lima Central Catholic and Shawnee in the Blue Division, and the Thunderbirds finished fifth while Shawnee came in sixth.
The T-Birds were led by freshman Meghan Mulcahy who fired a 95. Other T-Bird scores included Lexie Evans (99), Sara Rex (105), and Callie Koenig (108). LCC finished with a team total of 407.
“My freshman year of golf has been exciting and a lot of fun,” Mulcahy said. “I am able to see growth and am trying to meet challenges; I just need to try to take a few strokes off my score every time I play.”
Shawnee posted a team total of 430 on scores of 94 by Megan Spainhower, 101 by Raegan Wheeler, Sarah Cornell with a 114, and Kyle Smith with a 126.
The Blue Division was won by Tippecanoe with a 358 total with Shelby coming in second with a 369 score. Bellefontaine (400) was third and Fort Loramie was fourth with a total of 403.
Bluffton, in its first year of girls’ golf, competed in the White Division and came in third with a team score of 387. The LCC JV team came in seventh with a total of 476.
Bluffton scores included Kayleigh Coughlan and Alivia Koenig who both fired 85. Mara Minnig shot 107 and Kennedy Coughlan fired a 110.
T-Bird JV scores included Riley Smith with a 94, Hannah Garver with 122, and Meredith Swick and Lauren Stull both with 130.
“This is a good mid-season invite; teams find out what they need to work on before sectionals begin.” LCC assistantcoach Pete Hubbell said. “Different girls can step up for us, our team effort has been great and others are able to pick it up if someone is having a bad day.”
Centerville grabbed the White Division title with a score of 305, far out distancing second place Upper Arlington and its team total of 367. Anthony Wayne finished fourth with a 399, Notre Dame Academy shot 400, and St, Ursula Academy finished at 406.
Centerville also grabbed the Scarlet Division title with a 305 score while St. Ursula Academy came in second at 313. Ursuline Academy fired a 330 and Upper Arlington came in with a 339. Ashland (350), Perrysburg (356), Pickerington North (361), Gahanna Lincoln (367), Findlay (375), Anthony Wayne (380),
Marysville (381), and Notre Dame Academy (403) rounded out the field.
Senior Maria Connelly of Anthony Wayne was the tournament medalist with a round of 36-37 for a one-over par score of 73. White Division medalist Megan Munn of the Centerville JV team shot a 69 on a shorter set of tees.