Although competing as one of 12 individuals, Poland junior Rachel Sines was also in a field of 72 girls against whom she finished tied for 23rd in girls Division II play in Saturday’s final round of the state tournament in Columbus.
Her top-third placement on Ohio State’s Gray Course was the result of a 177 after rounds of 90-87.
“Considering the number of kids and her first time as an individual, that was admirable,” Poland coach Judy Young said of the performance by Sines, whose appearance at state without a team was a school first.
“That’s the first time we had an individual,” said Young, who coached the Poland High team in Columbus four times in previous years, including 2011 with Sines as a member of the Bulldogs’ state runner-up squad.
“In fact, we never had two individuals advance at the same time,” Young said of Sines’ fellow student, sophomore Mark Passarello, who was competing at OSU’s Scarlet Course this weekend.
“One-on-one with the whole field is a different ballgame,” Young said of the inclusion of 71 other golfers in the field with Sines.
“Rachel played well off the tee and approach shots, but pin placements were difficult,” Young said of putting difficulty that reduced the likelihood of birdies. “Because of the way the ball rolled — extremely fast, if you get above the pin, you were in trouble. There were a lot of little breaks you’ve never seen before.”
Passarello posted 87-85—172 to finish 25th.
“He avoided the big numbers,” Poland coach Dave DiGiacomo said of Passarello registering one double-bogey compared to multiple bogeys — including a triple bogey — on Friday.
Newton Falls senior Logan Beechy — the first from his school to qualify for state — had 86-88—174 to finish in the top third.
“He hit a lot of fairway bunkers off the tee, probably 10 fairway bunkers off the tee, so it’s tough to recover from that,” coach Scott Kernen said. “He had a lot more pars than Friday, but he also had a few triple bogies, which will kill you,” Kernen said.
“But what a great experience and we’re proud of him for representing Newton Falls,” said.
Warren JFK’s boys had 345-336 to finish eighth out of 12 teams at the North Star Golf Resort in Sunbury. Saturday’s score bumped the Eagles up a notch from Friday’s ninth-place standing.
Ashland Crestview won with 646. Leetonia’s Luke Janci was tied for 34th with 84-84—168.
“It was a great experience,” JFK coach Jim St. George said of his team, which was led by sophomore Ryan Fowler, who had a pair of 39s for a strong 78 to narrowly miss all-state status.
After an opening nine holes of 46 on Friday, Fowler settled down to shoot 38 for 82.
“He took that momentum into today [Saturday],” St. George said. “To come back like that on a state track [course] is very good,” the coach said of Fowler, who missed All-Ohio by 2 shots.
Other JFK scores on Saturday were junior Billy Phillips’ 82, James LaPolla’s 84, Stephen Macali’s 92 and Dan LaPolla’s 96.