Local Player tops the leaderboard at Ohio Girls Golf Foundation Showcase

September 05, 2016

Paighton Masterson from Avon Lake reprised her role at the top of the leaderboard on July 17, taking top honors at the Ohio Girls Golf Foundation (OGGF) Showcase at Avon Oaks Country Club with a 75. She won this event in 2016 with a career low round of 70.

Headlined by LPGA professional Barb Mucha, the annual event was the largest in its history, hosting a field of more than 100 players from all over the state.

"Whether you go on to play in college, or professionally, or even just as a social outlet that will be part of your career going forward—golf is an amazing sport, and you’ll never regret putting the time into your game," says Mucha, a five-time winner on the LPGA Tour who was just coming off a 9th place finish in the LPGA Senior Championship the previous week.

Before the tournament, the golfers were treated to a golf clinic by Mucha and other local PGA professionals.

The top individuals from the event include:

  1. Paighton Masterson (Avon Lake) - 75
  2. Amanda Baker (Brooklyn) – 76
  3. Averi Hanna (Seville) – 79
  4. Gillian Cerimele (Canfield) – 79
  5. Shelby Lewis (Walsh Jesuit) - 79
  6. Olivia Swain (Uniontown) – 81
  7. Nora Nelson (Concord) – 82
  8. Annika Neumann (Avon) – 82
  9. Megan Grospitch (North Royalton) - 82
  10. Madison Gardner (Magnificat) – 83
  11. Sonum Jagetia (Westlake) – 83
  12. Emma Davies (Avon Lake) – 83
  13. Jenna Jacobson (Poland) – 84
  14. Jami Morris (Laurel) – 84
  15. Hannah Mitchell (Brecksville-Broadview) - 84
  16. Addie Martin (Perry) – 85
  17. Alexis Julien (North Baltimore) - 85
  18. Lyndsay Blum (Independence) - 85
  19. Ellen O’Leary (Magnificat) – 86
  20. Iris Shin (Rocky River) – 86

Fourteen teams competed this year from across the state. The top teams were Walsh Jesuit (356), which won in a tiebreaker with Magnificat I (356), Canfield (358), Avon Lake (371), North Royalton (372) and Medina (372). Other teams included Perry, Rocky River, Warren JFK, Poland Seminary, Brecksville-Broadview, Olmsted Falls and Copley.

Also at the event, six girls were presented college scholarships: Amanda Baker of Brooklyn High School (attending Cleveland State University), Bailey Hager of Delaware Hayes High School (attending The Ohio State University), Alexis Julien of North Baltimore (attending Heidelberg University), Annika Neumann of Avon High School (attending Saginaw Valley State University) who was awarded the Maureen T. O’Brien Memorial, Nicolette Eddy of Warren JFK High School (attending Mercyhurst University) was awarded the Patty Wood Memorial Scholarship, and Madison Gardner of Magnificat (attending Gannon University) was awarded the Teen Burke Scholarship. Over the years, the Foundation has awarded over $100,000 to more than 100 girls.

The OGGF's mission is to encourage, sponsor and support the game of golf for girls by providing college scholarships, golf training programs, and financial assistance to attend designated golf tournaments. Since the Foundation was established in 1994, the number of girl’s high school golf teams in Northeast Ohio has grown from none to more than 250. If you’d like to find out more about the foundation, please visit www.oggf.org.