St. Clair’s Maria Bozada continued her domination of area girls golf play Monday, earning medalist honors in a tri-meet at Franklin County Country Club.
Bozada, who previously played boys golf before her school began a girls team this fall, shot 42 to post the lowest score against St. Francis Borgia Regional and Union.
“Maria did shoot well, shot better than score represents because she had one bad hole, (eight on a Par 4, but that is golf),” St. Clair Head Coach Jeff Van Zee said. “She has finished first in every match and tournament she has played in so far, that is a good start, but I want to see her continue to improve, avoid the one blow-up hole and hopefully make a run through district, get to sectional and hopefully to state.”
The host Lady Knights won the team title with a score of 196. Union was second at 223 and St. Clair shot 232.
“The girls played a great round yesterday,” Borgia Head Coach Michael Pelster said. “We have been steadily getting better every week which is something you want to see as a coach. This is maybe the first year that I feel like many of the girls are putting in work outside of practice time which energizes me even more. The girls want to get better and they are seeing how hard work helps you improve.”
Pelster noted this was the first time his team broke 200 for a match.
“This was the first round this year we broke 200 as a team which is really early in the season for us,” Pelster said. “Even though Franklin County is our home course, it is very difficult so to be able to do it out here was fantastic. The course is in pristine condition and can not thank the club enough for letting us use there beautiful course.”
Borgia’s Kennedy Lange, the No. 5 golfer for the Lady Knights in the meet, led her team with a round of 47. Cailey Foss shot 48 while Sara Kopmann checked in at 50, Britney Harriman ended with 51, Halle Fischer carded 53 and Hannah Dobsch ended at 59.
“We were led today by Kennedy Lange and Cailey Foss who shot a 47 and 48, respectively,” Pelster said. “They were both rather disappointed with the way they played last week at Bogey Hills, so I am happy to see them have a good bounce back round. Kennedy managed to par the Par-5 sixth hole, which is something that does not happen very much in our matches for any girl.”
Union’s McKenna Coombs and Olivia Struttmann each shot 54 for the meet. Emily Young was next at 57 while Sophie Miner, Sydney Hittson and Josie Lause each shot 58
“We love being able to play at the country club any chance we get,” Union Head Coach Matt Goddard said. The course was as usual in great condition. We didn’t play to great as a whole. Emily and McKenna both struggled. Olivia had a pretty solid round and struggled on a couple holes. Sophie as well struggled through the day. Josie and Sydney both played an average round for them. I am excited that we get two days of practice and get to go back again on this Thursday.”
Bozada was followed by Jordyn Hampson at 62, Ally Newton at 63, Anna Conner at 65, Kynzi Humphrey at 66 and Julia Sampson at 68.
“My hope that with more play, the other girls will start shaving some strokes off,” Van Zee said. “Franklin County is a tough course for girls who are not used to it, faster greens, too many putts. I was pleased with how the girls battled. They are keeping good attitudes which in golf can be hard because it can be a frustrating game. I am hoping that by district our 60s are in the 50s. We are a young team, Maria is a junior and I have five sophomores and one freshman. This is a learning year and next year hopefully we can be more competitive as a team.”
Pelster said the sport is growing throughout the area.
“It was great having Union out again and St. Clair for the first time,” Pelster said. “I can’t thank Jeff enough for getting the program started at St. Clair. It is great seeing so many girls from around the area playing golf. Since I started five years ago, three or four girls programs have started up around the area, which is very exciting.”