Local Player tops the leaderboard at Ohio Girls Golf Foundation Showcase

Paighton Masterson from Avon Lake took top honors at the Ohio Girls Golf Foundation (OGGF) Showcase on July 25 at Avon Oaks Country Club with a career low round of 70 (2 under par).

Winner Paighton Masterson

The top 10 individuals from the event include:

  1. 1. Paighton Masterson (Avon Lake) - 70
  2. 2. Kaylee Neumeister (Lakeview Cortland) - 72
  3. 3. Alyssa Drehs (Medina) - 77
  4. 4. Gillian Cerimele (Canfield) - 78
  5. 5. Annika Neumann (Avon) - 78
  6. 6. Alex Stahler (Hathaway Brown) - 79
  7. 6. Madison Gardner (Magnificat) - 79
  8. 8. Hannah Keffler (Canfield) - 81
  9. 9. Iris Shin (Rocky River) - 83
  10. 10. Lindsey Miller (Painesville) - 84
Winning team from Canfield

Eight teams competed this year from across the state. The top five teams were Canfield (340), Hathaway Brown (351), Lakeview Cortland (352), Magnificat (357) and Medina (374). Others teams playing include Rocky River, Laurel, Warren JFK and Copley.

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

"Your scores will go up and down, don’t worry about those," said Mucha, a five-time winner on the LPGA Tour who has been headlining the local event for the past 22 years. "The real treasure in this game is the people you will meet and memories you will make. They’ll help you learn and grow as a person and as a golfer."

Scholarship Winners

Also at the event, eight girls were presented college scholarships: Brittany Bolton of Copley High School, Chelsea List of Watkins Memorial High School, Olivia Shade of St. Francis DeSales, Evyenia Spencer of Poland Seminary, Alexa Tringhese of Columbiana High School, Anna Schatschneider of Avon High School (awarded Patty Wood Memorial Scholarship), Alyssa Greening of Norton High School (awarded Teen Burke Scholarship) and Kaci Carpenter of Canfield High School (awarded Maureen T. O’Brien Memorial) 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.