Sugarcreek Garaway wins sectional title, Strasburg finishes second

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East District sectional golf
Favorite Sugarcreek Garaway emerged from an eight-team field to claim the girls East District sectional golf championship at River Greens Golf Course on Wednesday. The Lady Pirates score of 361 was the second lowest total in school history and outdistanced Strasburg who claimed the other slot in the district tournament with a 390. Individually, West Muskingum's Ali Jones defended her title.


WEST LAFAYETTE – Favorite Sugarcreek Garaway emerged from an eight -team field to claim the girls East District sectional golf championship at River Greens Golf Course on Wednesday afternoon.

The Lady Pirates total of 361 was the second lowest of the season and also the second lowest total in school history as they outdistanced Strasburg who claimed the other slot in the district tournament with a 390.

“We shot a 349 at a tournament in Youngstown earlier this season,” Garaway coach Tim Immel said. “We played pretty well but we didn’t finish real well on the last hole.
“I thought we were capable of something in the 350s but if we can play like this again at the district we will be right in the middle of things as far as going on to the state tournament.”

Garaway was led by senior Alex Numbers with an 83. Shannon Miller chipped in with an 88 while Brooke Widder finished at 91 and Andrea Yoder at 99.

Strasburg’s second place total was paced by Abby Froman who fired a 92. Aubrey Burnworth notched a 95, Carley Clark a 98 and Molly Lautzenheiser a 105 for the Lady Tigers.

On the individual side of things defending sectional champion Ali Jones of Zanesville West Muskingum defended her title with a fine score of 81 to move on.

“I struck the ball very well today,” Jones said. “I had been struggling a little bit coming in but today overall was a pretty good day.”

West M coach Chris Huff said Jones is one of his program’s hardest workers.

“She had a great attitude which is the key to her success,” Huff said. “She is always striving to get better.”

Taking second place was Warsaw River View senior Hillary Lawrence who notched an 83 to edge Juli Hirauk of Cadiz Harrison Central who shot an 85 along with 87s shot by New Philadelphia’s Jillian Fleming, West Muskingum’s Courtney Tincher and Dresden Tri-Valley’s Marie McGinnis.

Lawrence was involved in a playoff last year for the final district spot up for grabs, but came up short.

“Last year I lost in a playoff so today was a great day,” Lawrence said. “It was nerve-racking sitting around watching the scores come in. Overall I played pretty solid, but I definitely need to work on my short game.”

Lawrence’s day wasn’t without adversity as on the 18th hole an awkward lie near a pond lead to a Woody Austin moment as the senior fell face first into the water after striking her shot.

However, Lawrence rallied to make a par on the hole and advance.

“Getting soaked was well worth it,” Lawrence joked later. “I hit a good shot there and my third was good too.”

River View coach Brad Baker said the driver was key for Lawrence’s round.
“She hit her driver the best I’ve ever seen,” Baker said. “She just kept hitting good shot after good shot.

“This was just hard work coming to fruition and I am just thrilled for her and her family.”

All the qualifiers move on to district tournament action at Bent Tree in Sunbury on Tuesday.

Zoarville Tusky Valley was third at 421 behind a 92 from Brittany Bowers while Fleming’s 87 led New Philadelphia to a fourth place total of 426.

Fifth was Shadyside at 456 behind a 102 from Stefanie Blinco, Sixth went to Magnolia Sandy Valley who was led by Erika Crone’s 105, Malvern was seventh behind a 90 from Kaitlin Van Meter and Tuscarawas Central Catholic rounded out the team standing at 468 behind Theresa Rice’s 101.

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