OTTAWA LAKE, Mich. — Toledo St. Ursula junior Lizzie Win fired a 2-under 70 on Wednesday and all four Arrows’ players broke 80 in posting a commanding victory at The Legends Golf Club in Ottawa Lake, Mich. in the first Three Rivers Athletic Conference girls golf tournament of the season.
St. Ursula posted a stunning 294 total. Toledo Notre Dame was second at 368, 74 strokes back.
Findlay edged Toledo Whitmer, 382 to 396, for third in the seven-team field. Oregon Clay was fifth (450) and Fremont Ross sixth (462). Toledo Central Catholic also competed, but did not field a full team.
“Toledo St. Ursula is good, really good. They legitimately might have a shot at winning state,” said Mike Cramer, beginning his first season as Findlay High’s girls golf coach.
Jordan Whitman, a sophomore, fired an 87 and Suzanne Short, one of two seniors on a young roster, shot an 88. Freshman Emma Harris had a 103 and senior Kaelyn Kouns a 104.
Karina Bruce, a sophomore out for the girls golf team the first time, carded a 106 and junior letter winner Jackie Fontana rounded out Wednesday’s lineup with a 111. Completing the 2014 roster are sophomores Renee Newman, Alex Risner and Olivia Williams.
Despite a young lineup and a challenging course, Cramer was optimistic about Findlay’s opening match.
“When I took the job, Nate (FHS Athletics Director Nate Weihrauch) said we didn’t have a lot of experience,” Cramer said. “And this course today was brutal for the girls, a lot of water, greens that were hard to putt, a lot of heather ….
“I didn’t know what to expect. Because we are so young, we really went into today’s match with no expectations.
“We said our goal going in was for our girls to try to win the group they were playing in. We ended up beating Whitmer by 14 strokes and we probably left 20 shots out there because of little mistakes. I think that’s a good start. I’ll take a third-place finish. That means we’re in the top half of the league.
“We have some things to work on. But we’re playing in two leagues (the Northwest Ohio Girls Golf League in addition to the TRAC) and by championship time I think we’ll be getting around the course a lot better,” he added.
Cramer, a 1977 graduate of Fostoria St. Wendelin, brings a vast and varied coaching resume to the position. He was head football coach at (New Paris) National Trail and Marion Local, girls basketball coach at National Trail, baseball coach at Pandora-Gilboa, and tennis coach at Ottawa-Glandorf and Continental.
He has also been the girls golf coach at Lakota, where he worked with Makayla Dull, the 2013 Division II state champion.
Findlay’s girls golf team returns to the links on Friday when the Trojans take part in the Celina Invitational.
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