Ohio Girls Golf Foundation Open crowns 2012 champs

High school girls across the state were treated to a variety of fun golf skills sessions and motivational seminar by LPGA Tour Pro Barb Mucha before competing in the Ohio Girls Golf Foundation (OGGF) Open July 16 at Avon Oaks Country Club in Avon.

"You may not realize it at this age," says Mucha, "but you will make connections through the game of golf that you wouldn’t in any other sport or activity, and ones that will last a lifetime. With the growing opportunities in girls golf over the past years, those connections will become a big part of your life."

Ali Nageotte

Despite a heat index in the triple digits, the girls turned in some amazing scorecards at the end of the day. In the hard-fought tournament, top individual honors went to Ali Nageotte of Magnificat, who also won in 2011, with a score of 74. Second place winner Christina Cooper from Canfield High School shot 76, and Halley Morell of Brecksville-Broadview High School shot 77 to take third place. Other players rounding out the top ten include Alexis Gray of Solon (78), Cara Kelley of Magnificat (80), Ali Jakubecz of Strongsville (82), Corynn Krieg of Avon Lake (84), Kelly Fleming of Canfield (84), Caroline Bello of Magnificat (85), Alexis Cadle of Berlin Center (85) and Rachel Sines of Poland (85).

The winning team, Magnificat.

Magnificat took top honors in the team competition for the fifth time in OGGF Open history (326), followed by Canfield High School (344) and Medina High School (374). Other schools participating included Avon Lake, Bay Village, Brecksville-Broadview Heights, Copley High School, Hubbard High School, Poland Seminary High School, Saint Joseph Academy and Warren JFK.

"Even though we had some incredible scores," says OGGF Tournament Director Tom Rider, who coaches the Warren JFK team, "I encourage girls of every ability to take part in all that we offer—from college scholarships to instructional clinics, and financial aid, as well as the Open."

Scholarship Recipients

Also at the event, six girls were presented college scholarships: Taylor Henderhan – will attend Walsh University, Alison Jakubecz – University of Cincinnati, Mallary Koeth – Kent State University, Annie McGlone – St. Mary’s College, Kelsie Teaberry – Kent State University and Christine Bilas – Notre Dame College. Over the years, the Foundation has awarded $91,000 to more than 100 girls.

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