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Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Prep girls golf: Trojans punch ticket to state tournament
BOWLING GREEN -- Kevin Manley might have been taken aback a bit by the boldness of the Findlay High girls golf team he took over in August.

But when they backed up their preseason prediction on Monday, he wasn't surprised.

"Within 10 or 15 minutes of meeting them, they told me they just knew they were going to state this year," Manley said

"They set it as a goal from day one. They talked about it all season long. Now that they've got it, I'm very happy for them."

Consistent and bunched from start to finish, Findlay carded a 368 score in the Division I district tournament at Bowling Green's Stone Ridge Golf Club, finishing second to Toledo St. Ursula (349) but outlasting Ashland and Toledo Notre Dame (both 373) for the second qualifying spot in next week's Division I state tournament at Ohio State University.

Findlay, which first fielded a full girls golf team in 2006, has sent individuals to the state tournament. Kaitlyn VanGunten qualified in both 2006 and 2007; Stephanie St.-Jean went in 2010.

Monday marked the first time in the short history of the FHS girls program, however, that Findlay will advance its team to the state tournament.

No Findlay golfer tore up the Stoneridge layout Monday. But by following Manley's advice, the Trojans had the edge they needed to finish ahead of Ashland and Notre Dame.

"We didn't have our best individual rounds of the year. But today was all about the team," Manley said.

"We talked before the match about keeping the team concept in mind first."

All five Findlay golfers came in within four strokes of each other. Senior Erin Scoby led the Trojans with a 90, with seniors Taylor Tweed carding a 91 and Kelly Rowe a 94 and junior Emi Okada a 93. Sophomore Suzanne Short had a 94 as well, matching one of her best round of the year.

"Stoneridge played really tough," Manley said.

"The greens were lightning fast, but the girls adjusted well. In a match like this, every single shot is important.

"And, as the girls approached the green you could tell how focused in they were."

Lima Shawnee finished fifth (383) among the seven teams in the Division I district.

Sylvania Northview was sixth (388) and Perrysburg seventh (403).

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