Senior Lizzie Bickar had quite her share of accomplishments during her stellar high school career as a member of the Tallmadge girls golf team.
The only thing lacking on her curriculum vitae was a trip to the state tournament.
While Bickar certainly held her own against Division I opponents throughout her career, she couldn’t quite reach her ultimate goal.
Bickar’s career came to a close after she finished in a four-way tie for 27th place at a Division I district tournament Tuesday at Ellsworth Meadows Golf Club in Hudson.
Bickar, who captured a sectional title at Fox Den Golf Course in Stow the previous week, shot an 88. While her ball-striking was on the mark, Bickar’s putter proved to be unpredictable.
"The golf course was in great shape," Blue Devils head coach Scott Campbell said. "The greens were a lot faster than what we’re used to. She hit the ball well from tee to green. She had some trouble on the greens, though."
Massillon Jackson’s Avery Wright and Uniontown Lake’s Olivia Swain each shot a 76 to share medalist honors. A total of 95 golfers participated. The top four players not on qualifying teams advanced to the state competition.
Campbell has coached Bickar for the last three years. He also spent a year as Bickar’s personal instructor in 2016.
"She obviously had a phenomenal career," Campbell said. "She’s a phenomenal person and she comes from a phenomenal family. She’s very coachable. I gave her little things to change in her golf swing and she picked them up instantaneously."
Bickar is a two-time district qualifier. She shot a 32 earlier in the season that is believed to be a school record for nine-hole matches. By the way, Bickar didn’t play competitive golf until her freshman year.
"I remember the first few days," Campbell said. "She actually had a big hook, so you could see her athletic ability. We just made a few tweaks here and there.
"She wanted to get better and she wanted to work on her own. She was able to take the information and actually use it and apply it. She’s super smart and athletic. You couldn’t ask for anything better than that."