Ohio Girls Golf Foundation Open crowns 2013 champs

High school girls across the state were treated to a variety of fun golf skills sessions and played a few instructional holes with LPGA Tour Professionals Barb Mucha and Janice Moodie before competing in the Ohio Girls Golf Foundation (OGGF) Open July 15 at Avon Oaks Country Club in Avon.

"I hope the girls leave this tournament with more than just the excitement of competition, but also with great memories as well as new acquaintances,” says OGGF President Teen Burke. “With the growing opportunities in girls golf over the past years, those connections will become a big part of their lives."

Barb Mucha with Kaitlin Neumann

Despite a heat index in the triple digits, the girls toughed it out and many had their best scores of the season thus far. In the hard-fought tournament, top individual honors went to Kaitlin Neumann of Avon, with a score of 77. Other top scores include Corynn Krieg of Avon Lake (83), Amanda Rom of Medina (83), Julia Gentner of Rocky River (84), Abby Grospitch of North Royalton (84), Alex Mills of Saint Joseph Academy (85), Lindsay Keefe of Saint Joseph Academy (89), Kaitlin Rose of Saint Joseph Academy (91), Anna Schatschneider of Avon (91) and Mikki Sherman of Medina (91).

The winning team, Medina, with Barb Mucha.

Medina took top honors in the team competition with a (359), followed by Avon (364) and Saint Joseph Academy (371). Other schools participating included Bay Village, Copley and Warren JFK.

"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," says OGGF Tournament Director Tom Rider, who also coaches the Warren JFK team.

Scholarship Recipients

Also at the event, six girls were presented college scholarships: Rachel Jeswald from Poland Seminary High School, Jessica Hespen from Nordonia High School, Ciera Miller from Bay Village High School, Kaitlin Neumann from Avon High School, Nicole Anselmo from Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School and Daisha Dancy from Copley High School. Over the years, the Foundation has awarded $97,000 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, volunteer or donate, please visit www.oggf.org.

LPGA Professionals Janice Moodie and Barb Mucha

LPGA Professionals Janice Moodie and Barb Mucha

The field gathers before the shotgun.

The field gathers before the shotgun.