In 2017, the Hudson girls golf team settled for being the runner-up in the Suburban League National Conference.
Let’s just say the Explorers had a little bit of an issue with second place.
"We definitely talked about it," Hudson head coach J.T. Goodson said. "We used the preseason tournament to feel everything out. We improved a bunch and Stow and North Royalton improved a bunch."
The Explorers’ feeling-out process was successful as they held off Stow-Munroe Falls by one stroke at the Suburban League preseason tournament.
There was never a doubt who was boss the rest of the way.
Hudson completed a clean sweep by winning the eight-team National Conference title at the Suburban League postseason tournament Friday at Barberton Brookside Country Club in Norton.
The Explorers finished with a score of 342. The Bulldogs were the runners-up with a 360 and Wadsworth took third with a score of 376.
Hudson also finished 7-0 against National Conference opponents during the regular season.
Runner-up? Not this year.
There was no doubt who was the queen of the conference this year.
"We improved by leaps and bounds," Goodson said. "The team was pretty motivated. They work really well and everybody gets along."
It certainly helped the Explorers to have a two-time state qualifier on their side.
Hudson senior Jenn David won the title with a 72. During the Explorers’ 169-190 victory over Stow earlier in the season, David shot an electrifying 29, which may be a school record.
"Jenn has been steady," Goodson said. "I have not seen anyone shoot a score like that. The only time I remember something like that was my dad. And he was just playing for fun."
The Grizzlies’ Secilia Ho took second with a 75 and Explorers’ senior Meaghan Grant placed third with a 79. Grant shot a 33 earlier in the season during Hudson’s 154-195 win over North Royalton earlier in the season.
"Meaghan has improved a little bit," Goodson said.
Also contributing to Hudson’s team score were Emily Dunne (90) and Lilly Hess (101), who have made the most progress this fall, according to Goodson.
"Our three and four have shown the most improvement," Goodson said. "Emily improved her average by 10 strokes and Lilly improved by five strokes. That’s a huge difference."
The Explorers are scheduled to compete in Division I sectional play Tuesday at Ellsworth Meadows Golf Club in Hudson.
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