WOODCOCK TOWNSHIP — Meadville was always just behind McDowell throughout the season in girls golf. The Bulldogs got their final crack at the Trojans in the District 10 Class 3A championship. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, things just didn’t go right from the start.
“Well, we’re certainly not happy. We had high expectations coming in,” said Meadville head coach Terry Tidball. “They tried to pull it together, but it didn’t work out.”
At The Country Club, McDowell took the Class 3A title over Meadville 254-320 on a breezy Thursday afternoon.
“I honestly don’t know, I feel terrible for (Lauren DeArment), we put in a lot of work and it all pointed to today,” Tidball added. “It was our worst round of the year by far.
“It was mostly nerves and they just got stuck in quicksand and they couldn’t get out.”
The Bulldogs started slow and just couldn’t get in a rhythm. Phoebe Templin wound up as the only Bulldog to make the cut with a 101. The dual-sport athlete then left quickly to take part in the Meadville girls soccer game against Bradford as well.
“It means a lot, especially since I’m young,” said Templin. “To do it on my first time, it’s amazing.
“The front nine was really bad, I got a 57. But on the back nine I got a 44 so I really stepped it up and that evened out my score.”
Dearment followed with a 106. Bella McEnroe had a 113, Gianna Petrarca shot a 116 and Krysta Germanoski carded a 126.
For McDowell, Natalie Brosig and Zoey McClain led the way. Brosig shot a 77 to lead all players in Class 3A and McClain followed with a 78.
“McDowell did great,” said Tidball. “It’ll be interesting to see (Saturday) between the two girls, who makes it out.”
There was plenty more golf played including a thrilling Class 2A team title battle.
Hickory powered by Kyra Woods (85), McKenzie Gustas (82), and Leah Benson (84) beat Villa Maria 251-274 to take the title.
Madison Klinger’s 82 led the Victors.
There’s a two-way tie at the top for the Class 2A individual championship with North East’s Lydia Swan and Mercyhurst Prep’s Sarah White both posting rounds of 75.
Klinger and Gustas both follow seven shots back.
Conneaut brought four players to the individual championship, but none of the quartet made it to the final round.
Julianna Jacobs missed the cut by just six strokes with a 104. Kaitlyn Royal had a 117. Maggie Battles tallied a 126 and Bella Vennare had a 137.
The boys first round and team championships begin today at 10 a.m. Both the girls and boys final rounds start at 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning.
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