BY LINDSAY CARR
With a record of 12-1, girls golf made history by winning the Suburban League Title for the first time at Wadsworth High School.
In only his first year as head coach, Mike Schmeltzer made an immediate impact on the team’s performance.
“Coach Schmeltzer has made a big difference this season, he pushed us to work our hardest and play our best,” explained junior Emily Dennison.
The ladies started the season at the Pre-Suburban Tournament at Barberton Brookside, where they came in 2nd behind North Royalton.
The first league match against North Royalton was a close one. Despite losing to them in the pre-season, the ladies pulled out a win by 2 strokes, with a final score of 181-183.
The next match was their closest one of the season.
“We knew the match was going to be close so we made every shot count,” said Meggie Flannagan.
Every shot did count as they beat Copley by one stroke 180-181.
The girls continued their success by going undefeated until the last match against Kent Roosevelt. It was the biggest loss of the season, the Grizzlies shot 191, and Kent Roosevelt shot 164.
Despite a recent tough loss, the ladies finished out on top of the Suburban League. They won the overall season league championship on September 29 at Barberton Brookside. This win secured the league title for the first time in school history.
Secilia Ho, 10, shot the low round at the tournament with a score of 81.
The team finished their season 11 shots short of advancing to districts at the Sectional Tournament at Avon Lake. They placed 5th out of 13 teams.
Secilia Ho individually advanced to the District Tournament by shooting an 83.
“Secilia is very consistent and her short game is definitely her strength. She has the potential to get down to Columbus as we continue through her career,” said head coach Mike Schmeltzer.
Her highlights this season included Suburban League Player of the Year, First Team All Suburban, and she was a medalist at the Suburban League Tournament.
Other members were also recognized for their success. Jenna Peters, 12, and Meggie Flanigan, 12, were Second Team All Suburban, and Alanna Knight, 11, received Honorable Mention.
This season’s team will leave a successful legacy as Suburban League champions and will be remembered for having the best overall record in school history.