ARCANUM — Northmont’s girls golf team recorded higher than anticipated individual scores Monday at the Greater Western Ohio Conference Preseason Tournament, which led to the Lady Bolts placing 4th in the 12 team field.
Centerville had four of its players finish among the top five lowest scorers to win the tournament with a round of 306, well ahead of 2nd place Springboro with a 342. Lebanon placed 3rd at 374 while Northmont finished with a 403.
Northmont’s team at the GWOC consisted of three seniors: Amara Tipple, Hannah Toth and Ashley Singer; junior Delaney Schmidt and freshmen Jaedin Bowers and Sam DeSpain.
Tipple led the team with a score of 93, Toth finished with an even 100, Singer carded a 103, Bowers and Schmidt both finished with a 107 and DeSpain had a 110.
“I was proud of our girls because our two freshmen were pretty nervous playing in their first 18 hole tournament,” said Northmont Coach Vivian Bibler. “We were paired with Springboro and Butler and Springboro came in second in the tournament, so that kind of tells you where we were as far as competition goes.”
Bibler was impressed with Centerville’s round of 306, which was one stroke higher than the Elks’ boys golf team score.
“I wasn’t too upset with how my girls played, but there were a lot of poor choices on my team’s part as far as club selection when they were around the green,” Bibler said. “Some of them weren’t taking their time and others weren’t finishing their swing, so we have lots of work to do to get our scores lower. In general we played OK. For one of our girls it was the first time that she ever played on that course. She has only played on two other courses, so now she has three under her belt.”
Despite her players’ struggles with their short game Bibler was happy overall with her team’s performance.
“I was pleased with them,” Bibler stated. “My seniors, all three of them, would have liked to have lower scores. Amara Tipple has been shooting in the lower 80s for 18 holes during qualifying and then today she had a 93. She wasn’t too far off her normal, but Meadowbrook (the team’s home course) plays a lot harder than Beechwood does. I’m sure the slope is much lower at Beechwood than it is at Meadowbrook. So in general I think the girls did pretty well. We’ve got some room to improve and that’s what we plan on working on, especially our short game.”
The Lady Bolts will compete at the Miamisburg Invitational at Pipestone today (Tuesday) at 1 p.m. The team will have the rest of the week off to practice.
“I would love to see more of the girls get on the greens in regulation, but some of them are still figuring out how far their clubs go, so that is kind of where we are at,” Bibler added.
The Lady Bolts will host Tippecanoe on Tuesday, August 15, play at Miamisburg on Wednesday, host Butler on Thursday and on August 21 play in the Lady Elks Invitational.
Girls GWOC Preseason
Tourney Team Scoring
1. Centerville 306
2. Springboro 342
3. Lebanon 374
4. Northmont 403
5. Tippecanoe 406
6. Miamisburg 420
7. Fairmont 421
8. Butler 427
8. Greenville 427
10. Beavercreek 429
11. Troy 435
12. Piqua 464