Ohio Girls Golf Foundation Open turns in some "scorcher" scores

Some of the finest high school players in Ohio competed in the 10th Anniversary Ohio Girls Golf Foundation (OGGF) Open Tournament on July 18 at Avon Oaks Country Club.

To celebrate the anniversary, this year’s theme was "Diamonds in the Rough." Several LPGA Tour professionals who came to town for the event along with local PGA pros conducted a fun variety of skills challenges in the morning prior to the 18-hole tournament. LPGA Tour Professional and Cleveland native Barb Mucha and LPGA Professional Janice Moodie were on hand to let the girls know how far a career in golf can go. "This foundation has grown so much over the years, and so has the energy and momentum of girls golf,” said Mucha. “I fully expect to see some of you girls who are here today on tour someday, but more important are the friendships you make and life lessons you learn from this game."

More than 90 girls from high schools around the state persevered through a steamy 90+-degree round. And the level of play was just as hot, with many amazing scores. The overall winning team was Magnificat High School, with a combined score of 314, followed by Strongsville (333) and Canfield (349). Other high school teams included Avon Lake, Avon, Bay Village, Cardinal Mooney, Geneva, Hubbard, Poland Seminary and Warren JFK.

Top individual honors went to Westlake resident Ali Nageotte of Magnificat High School, with a score of 71. "Having the LPGA professionals and all the good teaching minds at the morning clinic inspired me and helped me realize I can do this to," said Nageotte, who shot her personal best score.

Rounding out the top 10 were: Maria Mancini of Poland (74), Ali Jakubecz of Strongsville (75), Jillian Hollis of Rocky River (77), Jennah Romansky of Akron (78), Kelsie Teaberry of Warren (80), Christina Cooper of Canfield (80), Alley Vonderau of Columbia Station (81), Anne Miller of Delaware (81), Halley Morell of Brecksville (82) and Nicole Lisi of Strongsville (82).

"Even though we had some great scores, I encourage girls of every ability to take part in what the OGGF has to offer — from college scholarships to instructional clinics," says OGGF President Teen Burke. "The very basis of our foundation is to support the game for those who are just starting out as well as accomplished golfers."

Six local girls each were awarded $1,000 OGGF college scholarships: Allison Mitzel of Poland, Alicia Kindig of Wadsworth, Nicole Waers of Canton, Savannah Fox of Massillon, Kelsey Knapp of Diamond and Taylor Evans of Mount Sterling.

Founded in 1994, 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. For more information on the OGGF, scholarships, golf clinics and more visit the website at www.oggf.org.

Barb in a putting rotation.

Barb in a putting rotation.

Fun at the Storky Fitness rotation.

Fun at the Storky Fitness rotation

Magnificat team.

Magnificat team.

Barb, Ali N., and Judd

Barb, Ali N., and Judd

Scholarship winners.

Scholarship winners