NORTON — One Suburban League girls golf coach admiringly called Highland’s 308 Monday “a joke.” A few Hornets found it “surprising.” A Revere player couldn’t muster an adjective — only a dropped jaw.
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With three players at 76 or lower, Highland won the Suburban League Tournament by 37 strokes over Green. The Hornets’ 23 overall points were four better than the Bulldogs, which gave them the school’s first title in the sport and backed up Lauren McKinzie’s called shot from last fall.
“It’s very exciting, especially because we won by so many strokes,” McKinzie said. “It goes to show we’re here — just like I called it.
“I was surprised, but not really surprised because I know we’re that good and we have really good players on the team. I was happy.”
Thanks to a medalist-winning 2-over-par 74 at Barberton Brookside Country Club, McKinzie broke a tie with the Bulldogs’ Sarah Allred and earned the mythical SL MVP award.
Freshman Jessica Porvasnik tied a career low with a 75, while sophomore Stephanie Horvath was right behind with a 76. Junior Sarah’s Sniff’s career-low 83 bumped out Jessica McRae’s 88 — a score that was tied for 12th overall.
“We expected Green to come back ready to play because of the way our individual match went,” Horvath said. “It was a big team effort and little by little it ends up adding up to a great win.”
Reigning Gazette MVP McKinzie picked a good day to finally best her previous benchmark of 76. Though she had two birdies, the highlight of the sophomore’s day was when she came within inches of a hole-in-one after hitting the pin on the 129-yard ninth hole.
“I decided to play the hook instead of trying to make it go straight,” she said with a grin.
Porvasnik, meanwhile, was incredibly consistent. Her 75 featured zero birdies, but 15 pars and no double bogeys and meant she finished third in the SL MVP points race.
“Just to get on the green in regulation (was important),” she said. “The greens were tough. I couldn’t make a lot of one-putts, so I got on the green in regulation and two-putted for par.”
Horvath broke par for nine holes for the first time in her life, carding a 2-under 35 on the front. The back didn’t go as planned with a 41, but 16 greens gave the All-Gazette pick plenty of chances to score, and her performance vaulted her past Allred for SL MVP runner-up.
“My drives were OK, but I hit almost every green and I had a lot of really close putts,” she said. “I could have easily had three or four more birdies. You can’t complain. … I was hitting the greens. That was the biggest thing.”
Throw in Sniff’s score and it was a banner day for Highland. Not only did the Hornets improve their score from last season’s SLT by a whopping 74 strokes, but downed the Medina County 18-hole record by 10.
“It feels real good and everyone played very well,” Porvasnik said. “I’m surprised because I didn’t think we could do it, but we did.”
Wadsworth held its own behind an 81 from first-team All-SL choice Katy Ho and an 88 from second-team selection Megan Toddy to finish sixth at 384. The score was a season low and enough to hold off Copley for fourth place overall. Ashlee Marvin chipped in a 102 for the Grizzlies, who greatly improved after finishing last in 2008.
Cloverleaf also carded a season low with a 387 and took sixth overall. Alysse Illig’s career-low 90 led the way, while second-team All-SL honoree Lauren Siegler added a 92.
NORTON — Results Monday from the Suburban League Postseason Tournament at par-72 Barberton Brookside Country Club:
Tournament standings: 1. Highland 308, 2. Green 345, 3. Revere 366, 4. Copley 374, 5. Tallmadge 381, 6. Wadsworth 384, 7. Cloverleaf 387.
Overall standings: 1. Highland (6-0) 23, 2. Green (5-1) 19, 3. Revere (3-3) 21, 4. Wadsworth (3-3) 13, 5. Copley (2-4) 12, 6. Cloverleaf (2-4) 10, 7. Tallmadge (0-6) 9.
Lauren McKinzie, 74
Jessica Porvasnik, 75
Stephanie Horvath, 76
Sarah Sniff, 83
Jessica McRae, 88
Mallory Kathe, 96
Katy Ho, 81
Megan Toddy, 88
Ashlee Marvin, 102
Alicia Kindig, 113
Kerri Metzel, 118
Taylor Nida, 128
Alysse Illig, 90
Lauren Siegler, 92
Kelly Geig, 96
Shelby Dearth, 109
Lauren Crawford, 117
Ashley Hissom, 119
Medalist: McKinzie (H) 74. First-team All-SL: McKinzie (H) 99.5, Horvath (H) 89.5, Porvasnik (H) 88, Miranda Rockich (G) 88, Ho (W) 85, Sarah Allred (G) 84.5, Amanda Griffin (T) 82, Ali Thomas (R) 77. Second-team All-SL: Siegler (Cl) 59.5, Claire Meneer (Co) 56, Dani Kerker (R) 55, Toddy (W) 54.5, Ashlee Schrader (G) 54, Sniff (H) 47.5, Alex Poitinger (R) 45.5, Abbi Bull (R) 43. Honorable mention All-SL: Illig (Cl), Jessica Frazier (Co), Joanna Haynes (G), McRae (H), Ari Lizanich (R), Maddie Ingersoll (T), Marvin (W). Birdies: McKinzie (H) 2, Horvath (H) 2, Sniff (H), Kathe (H), Ho (W).
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