Division I state golf: Pikunas tied for 8th; Canfield girls struggle

Staff report


Jacinta Pikunas shot a round of 77 on Friday and is tied for eighth place in the Division I girls golf championship.

The Boardman freshman — making her state tournament debut — felt her opening round on the Gray Course on the campus of Ohio State went pretty well.

“My ball-striking was very good today,” Pikunas said. “The greens were lightning fast. I felt like I was putting on glass.”

After her round she said she went to the practice green to try and get comfortable with the speed of the greens. The 2011 champion of The Vindicator’s Greatest Golfer of the Valley junior event said putting was definitely something that held her back Friday.

“I’m just hoping to play well and have fun with it,” Pikunas said in preparation for today’s final round.

The other local representative this weekend is the Canfield girls team. They Cardinals got off to a slow start and finished the first round with a team score of 358, putting them in 11th place.

“We didn’t play our best, but we have tomorrow to come back and hopefully reposition ourselves,” Canfield coach Diane McCall said.

The Cardinals were led by Christina Cooper’s round of 84 and Olivia DeMartino’s 89. Cooper shot 42 on each nine which was the low score for her team. Michele Whiteleather finished with an opening-round 90, while Kerra Loomis rounded out the team score with a 95. Kaci Carpenter shot 96.

“I pretty much have told them to just relax,” McCall said. “They’ve earned the right to be here, so just go out and have fun.

“But that’s easier said than done.”

The overall low score of the day was a 1-over par round of 71 from Erin Harper of Columbus Bishop Watterson.

There is rain in the forecast for today’s final round, which could make the conditions even more difficult.

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