Lyndsey Stephens stormed her way onto the scene late this fall for the Twinsburg girls golf squad.
Just a freshman, Stephens entered this season with promise and continued to expand her knowledge and skill this fall. Then Stephens got hot at the right time.
Stephens competed in her first-ever district tournament for the Tigers and that’s quite an accomplishment for a freshman.
With a solid game, Stephens gained valuable experience at the deep Ellsworth Meadows Division I District tourney in Hudson.
The top four individuals on non-qualifying teams from district play advanced to the state championships at the Ohio State University Gray Course, Oct 18-19.
At the challenging district tournament, Stephens performed well, placing 41st overall as she carded a 92. She posted rounds of 47 and 45 at Ellsworth Meadows.
"Lyndsey had an awesome district," commented head coach Ashley Plassard.
More importantly, Stephens finished in a tie for third overall among all freshmen competing at the Ellsworth Meadows district tournament.
Pumped up for the first-ever district tourney, Stephens started well. She was just one-over par after the first three holes.
Through five holes, Stephens was 2-over par.
"She [Stephens] was putting really well with one and two putts (a couple of putts hit the flag pole and bounced) for the first five holes and she was two-over," said Plassard.
"Lyndsey shot a 45 for the first nine, so we knew to get her back into the low 80s where she’d be contending for states it would take an awesome round," said Plassard.
"There was a lot of back up on the course and it was almost a three-hour first nine which made it tough to get into any momentum," added the coach.
Gaining that type of experience and being one of the top freshmen in the district is a tremendous starting point.
The upside that Stephens now has doesn’t include a ceiling — her future is bright.
Making her post season debut, Stephens fired a consistent round of 82 as she tied for 10th overall in the Fox Den sectional tourney to advance to the Ellsworth Meadows Division I District tourney.
"Lyndsey competing in districts as a freshman was really exciting and fun," said Plassard. "It makes me really optimistic about the future of this program and as well as her game."
Senior Tyler Gliba and Stephens earned first-team All-Suburban League this fall for the Tigers while junior Sophia Sayavich was named honorable mention all-league.
Plassard will miss a strong senior class of Gliba, Audra Rosenthal, and Nia Fuentes.
Sayavich and Stephens give Twinsburg promise for next season.