Stow-Munroe Falls girls golf didn’t have its best day in the opening Suburban League Tournament of season.
The Bulldogs took fourth place Aug. 7 at Brookledge Golf Club in Cuyahoga Falls, though they finished just five strokes behind champion Nordonia.
"We were a little bit upset about that, but the girls have been working out hard since," said Stow coach Scott Rorabaugh.
Forturnately for Stow, this year’s National Conference format features four league tournaments, with the first three counting for 20 percent of the league title with the final tournament counting for 40 percent of the title.
When the Bulldogs headed to Gleneagles Golf Club in Twinsburg Aug. 31 for conference tournament No. 2, they left nothing to chance.
Stow won the tournament with a score of 347, besting runner-up Nordonia by seven strokes.
"To the best of my knowledge, I believe that’s the school record [for an 18-hole round]," Rorabaugh said. "What’s more, four of our six girls had a lifeftime best round."
Stow had No. 1 golfer junior Ellie McCoy finish with a round of 85, which was good for third place. Nordonia’s Ally Siewert won with a round of 82.
"Ellie is usually a good putter, but she missed some putts within five feet," Rorabaugh said. "It could have been a much better round, but she still got third."
McCoy shared third place with sophomore teammate Ellie Ryan, whose round of 85 was a lifetime best.
Tying for fourth place with a round of 87 was senior Olivia Balawender.
Senior Abbey Staats shot a career-best round of 90 to round out the scoring rounds, while freshman McKenzie Ickes broke triple digits for the first time with a career-best round of 96. Junior Cherylie Dave shot a round of 104 for Stow.
"Now we’re tied for second with Hudson, sitting behind Nordonia," Rorabaugh said. "We’re looking forward to playing at Ellsworth Meadows.
Suburban League Tournament No. 3 was set for Saturday at Ellsworth Meadows in Hudson. Rorabaugh said his team was pumped to play, despite the tournament happening on Nordonia and Hudson’s home course.
"We’ve played it enough over the last few years," Rorabaugh said. "They’re familiar with the golf course. It’s going to be similar to the way the districts will be set up."
Stow took the measure of their neighbors to the north Tuesday, as the Bulldogs beat Hudson 170-182 on their home course at Fox Den. The win moved Stow to 4-1 in dual matches.
"We had 42, 42, 43, 43 with our scores," Rorabaugh said. "I’m glad to see where getting consistent production as we head into the second half of the season."
Balawander and Staats each shot 42s, while McCoy and Ryan shot 43. Dave posted a round of 54.
Prior to the league tournament on Thursday at Sunny Hills in Brimfield, Stow scored a victory over its neighbor to the south, beating Tallmadge 167-195.
Stow got a round of 40 from Balawander, a pair of 41s from McCoy and Ryan and a round of 45 from Ickes in the win.
Rorabaugh notes Suburban League Tournament No. 4 will be Sept. 18 at Brookside Golf Club in Barberton, while Fox Den will host this year’s Division I sectional tournament Oct. 2.
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