Ohio Girls Golf Foundation Open crowns 2014 champs

High school girls from across the state were treated to a variety of fun 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) Showcase event July 21 at Avon Oaks Country Club in Avon.

"I've enjoyed meeting all the girls from this tournament, some of whom have gone onto careers in golf, and that's a wonderful feeling," said Mucha, who has been headlining the event for the past 20 years. "I feel blessed to be part of an organization that illustrates all that the game of golf can teach you. I hope you don't take this opportunity for granted, there is so much to be learned from the game that will last your whole lifetime."

Barb Mucha with Kerra Loomis

One of the largest fields in OGGF history, a few of the girls turned in career-low scorecards, making their coaches eager to kick off the season next month. In the hard-fought tournament, top individual honors went to Kerra Loomis of Canfield, with a score of 74. Other top scores include Julia Gentner of Rocky River (77), Alyssa Drehs of Medina (78), Brianna O’Toole of North Royalton (80), Christine Cooper of Canfield (80), Ryan Rosenberger of Cortland Lakeview (81), Abby Grospitch of North Royalton (81), Megan Pollock of Medina (82), Katie McCarthy of Hathaway Brown (82) and Amanda Baker of Brooklyn (83).

The winning team, Medina, with Barb Mucha.

Twelve teams competed this year from across the state. Medina High School took top honors for the second year in a row with a (332), followed by Courtland-Lakeview (350), Canfield (363), Hathaway Brown (369) and Avon (370). Other schools participating included Archbishop Hoban, Avon Lake, Brecksville-Broadview Heights, Brunswick, Copley, Rocky River 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 Showcase event," says OGGF Tournament Director Tom Rider, who also coaches the Warren JFK team.

Scholarship Recipients

Also at the event, three girls were presented college scholarships: Mackenzie Jones from Copley, and Bailey Hardick and Michele Whiteleather of Canfield High School. Over the years, the Foundation has awarded $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, volunteer or donate, please visit www.oggf.org.