Lizzie Bickar has had quite a career thus far.
Fortunately for the standout Tallmadge senior golfer, she has at least one match left.
Bickar shot a 77 to share medalist honors with Solon’s Sandy Deng. A total of 86 golfers competed.
Bickar, a two-time district qualifier, is scheduled to compete in district play next Tuesday at Ellsworth Meadows Golf Course in Hudson. Play is set to begin at 8 a.m.
"Lizzie had an up-and-down day," Blue Devils head coach Scott Campbell said. "She started with two three putts on the first two holes. She chipped in on No. 7 for birdie and finished the front nine with a two-over 37.
"She had three double bogeys on the back nine with two birdies to shoot 40. She had a loose tee shot on No. 10 that went out of bounds. She made double there, followed by a birdie on No. 11.
"A couple bad breaks on No. 13 and No. 14 led to back-to-back doubles, but she got a great break on No. 15 as her tee shot went through a large pine tree, but she made par there. She got another great break on No. 16 with her tee shot bouncing off a tree and she birdies the hole.
"She had four three putts, three double bogeys and three birdies. She showed great patience and resolve to finish her last four holes at one-under par. It could have easily gone the other way. I was proud to see her not give up and just keep playing forward and focus on her next shot. You can’t change the past; you can’t predict the future; you can only play in the present."
Tallmadge finished 12th in the team standings with a score of 384. Solon edged out Stow-Munroe Falls (328-329) to win the title. Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown (338) and Walsh Jesuit (351) also advanced to district play.
Rounding out the top four for the Blue Devils were juniors Gia Currey (tied for 53rd, 99), Chloie Brown (tied for 55th, 100) and Hannah Fiume (tied for 71st, 108).
"Gia Currey and Hannah Fiume kept competing even though things didn’t go their way," Campbell said.
Tallmadge lost a pair of matches to host Stow-Munroe Falls and Wadsworth Monday at Fox Den Golf Course.
The Bulldogs defeated both teams with a score of 181. The Grizzlies shot a 184, while the Blue Devils, who finished 5-6 in 2019, posted a score of 198.
Bickar earned medalist honors with a 35. She won by seven strokes. Currey was next with a 45. Also playing for Tallmadge were Brown (57) and Fiume (61).
"Overall, our team has really improved on their emotional and mental games from the start of the season," Campbell said. "It has been great to see and their averages reflect the improvement. That will help us in the future. Gia Currey improved her nine-hole average from last year by four shots and her 18-hole average by five shots.
"Hannah Fiume improved nine-hole average by four shots and her 18-hole average by seven shots and Chloie Brown improved her nine-hole average by two shots. This was the first year Chloie has played in 18-hole tournaments.
"It has been so rewarding to watch these scores improve and it’s due to their work ethic at practice. This year’s experiences have made them all better much players and more well rounded players."