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Edison's Pruitt advances to Division III districts

By DON HOHLER • Updated Sep 25, 2018 at 11:38 PM

GALION — Not even a 90-minute weather delay could stop the Division III girls from finishing their sectional tournament at Valley View Golf Course on Tuesday.

One young lady that did not seem to mind the weather was Edison veteran, junior Jordan Pruitt. Her 73 on sides 37 and 39 kept Edison’s hopes alive of sending at least one player to the state tournament since 2011. Pruitt could keep the streak intact as an individual, but she has to survive Sycamore Springs on Monday in the district.

“It could have been a lot lower for Jordan today had she made some putts,” veteran Edison coach Lisa Kelble said. “The goal today was to make no glaring mistakes and advance. She did just that, and we are so proud of her.”

The other Edison scores came from Lauren Neher (52-41—93), Hunter Barylski (55-53—108) and Jacqueline Fry (78-67—145).

Willard senior Elli White also advanced to Sycamore Springs as the third and final individual out. She had to hang on until the final players were in to learn her fate. White shot 47-45—92 to get her ticket.

Also scoring for Willard were Madison Moneypenny (52-49—101), Grace Conaway (48-58—106) and Tatum Combs (69-80—149).

“That’s been our goal the entire season,” Willard coach Nick Wenzel said.

Walt Snyder’s Bellevue girls also advanced, shooting a team total of 375, good for third place, one spot behind Huron who grabbed the runner-up spot with a 356.

The Bellevue numbers came from Lara Spurlock (45-42—87), Olivia Martinez (51-51—102), Riley Hager (50-50—100), Casandra Biedryzcki (45-48—93) and Tristan Rupp (44-51 — 95).

The talk of the clubhouse, however, was the tournament record the Shelby girls shot, an unrealistic 302. Amanda Ruminski led the parade of Whippets with 34-34—68. The other scores counted were 74, 79 and 81.

St. Paul finished with a 426 getting its numbers from seniors Miller Hosack (46-53 — 99) and Cassie Baker (56-54 — 110), juniors Sara Scavuzzo (52-51 — 103) and Tori Pocos (58-56 — 114) and sophomore Brooke Bleile (59-60 — 119).

St. Paul’s second-year coach Tacy Bond assured golf, even at this level, has plenty of ups and downs. And this is coming from a former Club Champion at Eagle Creek.

“Only sport I know where you can get smacked down one day after a high the day before. And Lord knows, consistency or lack thereof, has been our problem this year,” she said. “We shot a low of 183 at Oak Harbor and followed that in the next match with a 210.

“Some have shown improvement. Brooke Bleile for one,” Bond added. “Miller Hosack, my steady-eddy all year, has played well from the No. 1 spot. Sara Scavuzzo has also had her moments. Certainly excited about next year even though we lose seven seniors. Two juniors, as many sophomores and seven freshmen make up the rest of the squad.”

Bond lauded her assistant coach, Bob Ware, citing the fact that he would take the reserve squad when the first five went on the road for a match. “He gave all of them attention and that is important when girls are learning the game.”

“As far as today, it was a tough day weather-wise on the back,” she said. “A driving rain for a couple holes gets a players attention more than the golf swing.”

Western Coach Stoney Jarrett brought Julie Tite (65-63—148) and Jenna Skrada (73-69—142) from the boys teams.

“I am sure they relished the fact that they could finally play from the womens tees,” he said.

New London also had two girls in action. Katiana Barber shot 54-48—102 while Caleigh Kropka came in with 56-65—119.

Plymouth’s Emily Blanton posted competitive numbers, 53-46—99.

The following are the scores of the schools who had four or more players in competition:

Shelby 302 (tournament Record), Huron 358, Bellevue 375, Buckeye Central 405, Edison 422, St. Paul 426, Clear Fork 434, Willard 448, Wynford 469, Upper Sandusky 472, Vermilion 476, Seneca East 480, Ontario 488, Col. Crawford 518, Crestview 549.

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