June 29, 2016

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Girls golf: Rom leads Bees to tourney title

AVON — It was fortunate for Medina High’s girls golf team that Amanda Rom got her act together quickly after a bad start.

Rom started the 12th annual Ohio Girls Golf Foundation summer tournament at Avon Oaks with a triple bogey on her first hole (she started on the sixth hole in the shotgun start) Monday, but then rebounded in a big way to finish the round with an 11-over par 83, sparking Medina High to the team championship with a 359 score, six strokes ahead of runner-up Avon.

Amanda Rom

“I was nervous at the start, and lost two balls on that first hole,” Rom said. “But then I got my driver together and my putting was really good.”

She could say that again because her lone birdie of the day, on the eighth hole, came when she sank a 40-foot putt.

The senior-to-be at Medina High had rounds of 43-40.

Recent Avon High graduate Kaitlin Neumann was medalist with a 5-over par 77, six strokes ahead of runners-up Rom and Corynn Kreig of Avon Lake.

Rom’s teammates on the winning squad were MacKenzie Debnar at 90, Nikki Sherman 91, Madison Loftis 95, Morganne Turk 101 and Angie Dick 102. Turk and Dick’s scores did not count toward the team score.

Avon finished second at 364 with Anna Schatschneider carding a 91, Annika Neumann 98, Hannah Starck 98 and Casey Bauers 124.

Cleveland St. Joseph Academy was next at 371 followed by Copley 442 and Saint Joseph 445.

The Ohio Girls Golf Foundation, headed by Teen Burke, promotes girls golf and encourages girls to go to college and play golf. Monday at the awards ceremony the group gave out six college scholarships to girls who played in the tournament.

The day started out with a golf skills clinic given by women professional golfers Barb Mucha, now on the seniors LPGA Legends Tour, and Janice Moodie.

Contact Jerry Rombach at (440) 329-7135 or ctsports@chroniclet.com.