At Pine Lakes Golf Club in Hubbard, the girls shot a team total of 334 to advance to District play. Scoring for the Bulldogs was medalist Allison Mitzel who shot a 76. Along with Maria Mancini shooting an 80, Angela Molaskey and Mariah Groner both at 88, and fifth team member Meredith McKay shooting 97, the Bulldogs were one of the rare teams to have everyone shooting under 100. It placed the Poland girls in the top 16 out of 68 players.
The next stop was the Hills course of Tamer Shanter where the girls clinched their first-ever district crown, which eluded them in 2008 before state competition.
“The team this year was more comfortable with the course and managed their games well to win this tournament,” said coach Judy Young. “I am so proud of the girls today in that they have the opportunity to defend their state title again this year. They have worked hard as a team and individually since the snow melted.”
Scoring for the Bulldogs on the Hills course were medalist runner-up Molaskey with a 78 in a field of 72 golfers. Rounding out the score included Mancini at 79, Mitzel at 89, and Groner with a 93 to give the team a 339 and the win by 16 strokes over the field. The closest team to Poland at the districts was Hathaway Brown of Cleveland with a 355 stroke count.
“Don’t count Hathaway Brown out as they will be a contender when the state competition begins,” Young said. “They have the experience of playing in last year’s tournament and will be a contender this year as well as Poland when it comes to the state crown. As a team we need to stay focused on our game and execute on the days we need to tee up the ball to play.”
The Poland girls golf team captured first place in the Division II District Tournament last week to secure their repeat trip to the state finals. Pictured in front are team captains Angela Molaskey and Mariah Groner. Standing are coach Judy Young, Meredith McKay, Allison Mitzel and Maria Mancini.