June 26, 2016


Grizzlies’ golfers get by pesky Cloverleaf

WESTFIELD CENTER — Wadsworth and Cloverleaf’s girls golf teams were treated like LPGA professionals Mon­day, making their crucial Sub­urban League match even more intriguing.

With workers from the Cava­liers being feted, Westfield Group Country Club geared up the difficulty of the pin place­ments. That didn’t seem to faze the Grizzlies as they pulled out a 189-191 win on the North Course.

The victory marked the sec­ond time in 10 days Wadsworth (7-1, 3-1) won by two or less strokes after beating Medina 170-171 on Aug. 20. It also puts the Grizzlies in prime position to hold down second in the SL behind league superpower Highland with just two matches remaining before the league tournament.

“It goes without saying: Obviously, I’m proud of them,” third-year Wadsworth coach Kacie Larabee beamed. “I can’t say enough. I started coaching and I’ve watched this team go from last place in the Suburban League to now playing for sec­ond place. It’s all the girls.”

As the first foursomes trick­led in, the Grizzlies held a six­-stroke advantage, but things weren’t officially over until Alaina Jordan rounded out the scoring for the Colts (2-2, 1-2) with a 50. The respectable score lowered Cloverleaf’s bot­tom line by four, but it wasn’t enough.

Leading the charge for Wadsworth once again was sophomore Katy Ho and fresh­man Alice Ho, who each had medalist-winning 41s.

Alice stayed remarkably con­sistent in battling the difficult conditions with six pars, while sister Katy made waves with the lone birdie of the day on the par-3 No. 4. From 126 yards out, Katy hit a 9-iron to within 15 feet, then rolled a perfect bender to the right for two.

“I just treated it regularly — just try to hit fairways, hit greens and get a two-putt,” Katy said. “Other than that, it went pretty cool.”

Junior Ashlee Marvin was next in line with a 53, while Kerri Metzel and senior captain Alicia Kindig, who exhibited great sportsmanship by fist­-bumping Cloverleaf’s Alysse Illig after the match, added 54s. On a day where 20-plus putts were the norm, Cloverleaf sen­ior Lauren Siegler had arguably her best round of the season with a 43. Classmate Illig was close behind with a 45, while Jordan, Kelly Geig (53) and Lauren Crawford (53) capped the scoring.

Though the Colts temporar­ily fell out of contention for second place in the SL, coach Adam Michel wasn’t too upset with how things shook out.

“I thought they held it together pretty well consider­ing the conditions,” he said. “They were tough, but Wadsworth played better than us. They did a good job.”

Contact Albert Grindle at (330) 721-4043 or agrindle@medina-gazette.com.

Wadsworth 189, Cloverleaf 191

at par-36 Westfield Group C.C. North Wadsworth (7-1, 3-1): Katy Ho 41 (1 birdie), Alice Ho 41, Ashlee Marvin 53, Alicia Kindig 54, Kerri Metzel 54, Taylor Nida 63.

Cloverleaf (2-2, 1-2): Lauren Siegler 43, Alysse Illig 45, Alaina Jordan 50, Lauren Crawford 53, Kelly Geig 53, Shelby Dearth 54.

Albert Grindle About Albert Grindle

Albert Grindle is a sportswriter for the Gazette. He can be reached at 330-721-4043 or agrindle@medina-gazette.com.