GOSHEN — Clinton-Massie put an exclamation point on its third-straight SBAAC girls golf championship Tuesday at the league’s 18-hole closing event.
At Eagles Nest Golf Course, the Lady Falcons topped the field by 13 strokes in the tournament and finished 115 shots ahead of second place Goshen in the final team standings.
“I couldn’t be more proud of this group of young ladies,” said CM coach Tim McGraw. “To be able to come back and win the league tournament for the third straight year and the league overall for a third straight year was really something.”
Wilmington’s Lilly Middleton earned league player of the year honors as a wire-to-wire leader among SBAAC individuals.
Middleton had an 81 on Tuesday and finished one shot back of tournament medalist Hailey Stagemann of Clermont Northeastern.
Clinton-Massie’s Taylor Anderson was third in the tournament on Tuesday and finished third overall in the season-long standings, 24 shots behind Middleton.
Abby Schneider of CM was a first team player while Wilmington’s Katie Murphy and Massie’s Pearl Spurlock landed on the second team.
Maggie Matthews of East Clinton had a 104 on Tuesday, the best score for the Lady Astros.
Middleton had a 78 in the league’s season opening event at Eagles Nest, which allowed her to build a seven-shot lead over Stagemann. The WHS junior never trailed in the standings.
She replaces Clinton-Massie’s Gabby Woods who was a three-time SBAAC player of the year.
Middleton was runnerup to Woods as a freshman and sophomore, finally taking the SBAAC top spot after Woods graduation.
While Middleton had the pressure of being the clear-cut favorite in player of the year honors, the Massie girls were not. At least in the mind of their coach.
McGraw said he believed his team could win a third straight title but Goshen, New Richmond and Clermont Northeastern were favored teams.
However, after the season-opening 18-hole event, also at Eagles Nest, the Lady Falcons never looked back. They shot 411 and led CNE by 29 shots, Goshen by 33 and New Richmond by 47.
McGraw said his team gained so much confidence with the opener, knowing they could win the championship without Woods leading the way. Anderson, Schneider and Spurlock played well enough week in and week out to allow Massie to coast to the title by a comfortable margin.
“They just play with a lot of confidence and have been consistent all year,” he said. “Really happy for them. We knew we had a team that could win the league. We just knew we had to put together consistent scores each time out and we did.”
Sept 15, 2020
@Eagles Nest Golf Course
Clinton-Massie 394, Goshen 407, Clermont NE 423, Wilmington 425, New Richmond 427, East Clinton 473
BHS: Zoey Hupp 115
CM: Taylor Anderson 87, Abby Schneider 94, Pearl Spurlock 101, Elle Paul 117, Ella McCarren 132, Lucy Payne 112
CNE: Hailey Stagemann 80, Sadie Hoeppner 95, Therese Urling 114, Gena Beebe 134
EC: Maggie Matthews 104, Gretchen Boggs 130, Kamille Helsel 129, Jordan Collom 115, Madison Frazier 125
GO: Brooke Reeves 91, Julia Matthewson 111, Skylar Reeves 99, Julia Allgeyer 109, Layla Oehler 111, Grace Belcher 129, Kasinda Fellers 116, Jackie Ellerman 107, Mekenna Smallwood 106, Kyleigh Campbell 123
NR: Emily Fischer 97, Mackenzie Gammon 108, Lily Adams 107, Laney Ringhand 129, Makenzie Bene 117, Lindsey Fischer 115, Marissa Deatley 127
WHS: Lilly Middleton 81, Katie Murphy 98, Reagan Reece 137, Carsyn Custis 109