For the third Suburban League Tournament of the season, Stow-Munroe Falls was playing in hostile territory.
Ellsworth Meadows Golf Club is the home course for Nordonia and Hudson girls golf, which are the two teams closest to the Bulldogs in the Suburban League National Conference race.
On Sept. 7 at Ellsworth Meadow, however, it was the Bulldogs who looked right at home.
Stow dominated the field at the third Suburban League Tournament, won the National Conference title with a score of 361. Hudson finished second with a score of 384, while Nordonia — who were without top golfer Ally Siewart due to a thumb injury — finished seventh with a scored of 412.
“We actually played really well,” said Stow coach Scott Rorabaugh. “The girls were ready to go. We started on the front nine, which was but easier than the back nine. Our girls did what they needed to do.”
With the win, Stow moved into first place in the National Conference, heading into the final league tournament of the season. The final tournament will take place Wednesday at Barberton Brookside Golf Course at 8:30 a.m.
We did our job and performed how we needed to,” Rorabaugh said. “Ellsworth showed its teeth, but everyone had to play it.”
“The way they do the scoring this year with the four tournaments, right now, we’re one point ahead Hudson for first place. Every place at the fourth tournament has a two-point game. What we need to do if finish ahead of Hudson to win the National Confernece.”
Rorabaugh noted, if Stow can claim the National Conference crown this week, it would be Stow’s first league title in girls golf since 2013.
Stow dominated the individual leader board at Ellsworth, which played at the same district it will for the Division I sectional tournament in October.
Junior Ellie McCoy continued her excellent season with round of 85 to take medalist honors. She was one of only two golfers to break 90 at the course.
“She got off to a really good start. She shot 38 on the front nine, even with a double bogey,” Rorabaugh said. “She was bit upset with herself that she didn’t shoot better.”
Taking second place was senior Olivia Balawender, who shot a round of 88.
“She’s a very consistent player,” Rorabaugh said of Balawender. “You can always rely on her to shoot in the mid to upper 80s and sometimes even lower.”
Sophomore Ellie Ryan finished third overall with a scored of 90, while senior Abbey Staats shot a round of 98 to round out the scores.
Stow also had freshman McKenzie Ickes (105) and junior Cheylie Dave (110) compete at the tournament.
On Tuesday at Ellsworth, however, Hudson was able to get a bit of revenge on the Bulldogs, as the Explorers won a dual meet 176-188.
In the dual, Hudson was a led by a round of 39 by Emily Dunne who took medalist honors.
Balawender led the Bulldogs with a round of 45, while Ryan shot a round 47. McCoy and Staats each shot 48 , while Ickes shot a round of 52 and Dave shot a round of 55.
“We were playing the front nine. We struggled a little bit,” Rorabaugh said. “I don’t want to say there was a let down, but Hudson wanted to be defend its honor on their home course. They got us after we got them at Fox Den earlier. That’s the way golf goes sometimes.”
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