Junior Jordan Pruitt from Edison missed by a stroke, shooting a 79 on sides of 38-41. Willard senior Elli White had a rough opening nine in carding a 50, but then improved by nine strokes on the way in, finishing with 50-41 numbers.
Meanwhile, Walt Snyder’s Bellevue team advanced as a group. It grabbed the final paying spot for the state tournament trip with a 371, one stroke more than St. Henry (372). Huron was fifth with a 383.
Veteran Edison Coach Lisa Kelble admitted it was tough missing a state appearance for only the second time since 2008.
“It’s alright though,” she said. “Defeat just makes a team work harder the following year, and that is our goal in the spring. Defeat actually shows team weaknesses. We know we have some work to do and that work will start the day I call the team meeting next spring.
“I have everyone back and hopefully can add a few more to the roster so as to get back to full-team status,” Kelble added. “Rest assured, the Lady Chargers will be back.”
And it will be easy for Kelble to build a team around Pruitt. She was the Sandusky Bay Conference Player of the Year and set the school’s nine-hole record with a 33.
“Certainly, a lot of positive from this young lady,” Kelble said of Pruitt. “Her putting was a bit suspect today. Had she been on with that club, she certainly would have made a run at Columbus. But, it was not to be. Knowing her, she will work at her weaknesses and come back even stronger her senior year.
“Congratulations to Walt (Snyder) and Bellevue, the Shelby girls, as well as teams from Lima Central Catholic and St. Henry,” she added. “We know how they feel in playing their way to Columbus.”
Meanwhile, White ended her high school career on Monday. She leaves with all the girls records at Willard, including the nine-hole low at home and on the road, both 39s, the low 18 at home (84) and the low 18-hole score on the road (85).
“It was an uncharacteristic start for her Monday,” Willard coach Nick Wenzel said. “Maybe it was nerves. She just did not hit the shots she is capable of on those first three holes. Once she settled down, she was the same old Elli, but the damage had been done.
“Elli played only three years — but certainly made a name for herself,” he added. “She has set the bar high for the ladies that follow.
“She has talked about golf in college,” Wenzel said. “It would be Div. III or NAIA. For her, however, first and foremost, the school would have to have the major she wants.”
Bellevue’s two sophomores continue to play well in the postseason. Laura Spurlock (49-40—89) and Olivia Martinez (48-54—102) kept it together, although its No. 5 player, senior Tristan Rupp, certainly had a lot to do with the team’s moving on in showing 43-48—91 numbers. The other scores came from seniors Cassandra Biedrzycki (48-44—92) and Riley Hager (47-52—99).
The individuals that advanced includes Lakota’s Kayleigh Dull (35-38—73), Ottawa Hills’ Caroline Dayton (38-36–74), Gibsonburg’s Sydney Leyerle (36-39—75) and Liberty Center’s Olivia Zacharias (42-36–78). There were three players, including Pruitt, at 79.
Shelby won the title with a 325 with it’s no. 1 player, sophomore Amanda Ruminiski putting 36-35—71 numbers on her card. Lima Central Catholic was the runner-up with a 331. The board showed a 79 and a 76 from its first two players. St. Henry was in at 370 and then Bellevue (371).
The other team scores were Wayne Trace (391), Montpelier (395), Hicksville (408), Margaretta (410), Oak Harbor (410), Ottawa Hills (420) and North Baltimore (454).