Fall Athlete of the Year: Allison Mitzel
Allison Mitzel finished 14th at state as a member of Poland’s 2008 Div. II state championship team, followed by a 13th-place individual finish last fall, when the Bulldogs ended runnerup on a cold and windy weekend. She was a varsity golfer since her freshman year.
“She definitely improved her short game,” coach Judy Young said of the strides made by Allison since she arrived on the varsity scene. Mitzel had a team-record score of 74 on the second day of the state tournament at Ohio State’s Gray Course in 2008 and a team-best 76 during sectionals last fall.
At the 2009 state tournament, Mitzel, the daughter of George and Lori Mitzel, shot a pair of 82s and could have been in the top 10, but slipped with three bad holes over the entire weekend, including an 8 on a par-3 before parring the remainder of her second round. “She didn’t let it get her down,” said Young, Poland’s seventh-year coach. “She stayed focused and was determined not to come unglued,” the coach said of her golfer’s poise in the face of difficulty. “I was always pushing to do better and stay in the 30s for every round,” Allison said of her junior season, during which she averaged 39.5 strokes per nine holes with a 16.9 putting average.
After Poland’s 2008 team lost Lauren Erdel to graduation, Mitzel and teammates Angela Molaskey, Mariah Groner, Meredith McKay and Maria Mancini continued the Bulldogs’ excellence. Young expects Mitzel and Mancini — currently a sophomore — to push each other in 2010. Allison will embark on her Plantation Junior Golf Tour season in Chapel Hill, N.C. during the Presidents’ Day weekend in February.