The trophy case at Madison-Plains High School could get some brand new hardware this season, that is if the Madison-Plains girls golf team continues to play the way its capable of.
The Golden Eagles took their first step toward a league championship Tuesday, Aug. 12, with a dominating performance at the Mid-State League Ohio Division preseason tournament held at Homestead Springs Golf Course.
The team shot a round of 370 which was a whopping 39 shots better than league runner-up Teays Valley (409). The rest of the tournament had Bexley (425) third, followed by Logan Elm (435) and London (479). Circleville did not have enough golfers to register a team score.
“I was pretty thrilled by the way we played,” Madison-Plains High School coach Jim Miller said. “We had four girls shoot under 100, I don’t think there were many more than that in the rest of the tournament.”
Plains was paced by the 87 posted by Christan Bowshier, Kaylin Dill added a 91, while Bailey Stephens came win with a 93 and Morgan Hunter finished with a 99.
The coach knew his team was in good shape when he checked with them as they came through the turn.
“The first four came through and other than our No. 1 they were all in decent shape,” the coach said. “When we got a pair of 44s and a 43 on the back I knew we were in good shape.”
The Eagles also got a 127 from Regan Rubel and a 173 from Emma Davis.
The goals Plains has set for itself are quite lofty, but with a talented core of players playing well they appear to be attainable.
“That is their ultimate goal,” Miller said of reaching the D-II state tournament. “They know that they missed making the state by just 12 strokes last year.”
The Red Raiders of London were led by Morgan Haynes with a 103. Jessie Thompson and Carson Clawson both shot rounds of 121, while Kendra Berschott carded a 134. Brook Carter (166) and Katie Hill (184) also played but didn’t have their scores count.
The girls MSL Postseason Tournament will be back at Homestead Springs on Sept. 17.
The first round goes to Columbus Academy.
If London or any other MSL Ohio opponent is going to win the league champion this season its going to have to beat the talented Vikings.
Academy cruised to victory in the MSL preseason tournament held Monday, Aug. 11, at Darby Creek Golf Course.
Academy shot a blistering round of 293, which easily outdistanced runner-up Bexley (317) and third-place finisher London (324). The rest of the league finish had Worthington Christian fourth (337), followed by Madison-Plains (377), Grandview (379) and West Jefferson (390).
London’s Bradley Wilson was the highest finisher from Madison County with his round of 75. His score was five shots behind medalist Hunter Roberts of Bexley (70). Three Academy golfers were between Wilson and Hunter.
Ethan Drummond shot a 79, while Jacob Michel finished with a 84 and Jeremy Alder came in with an 86. Garrett King (88) and Garrett Kronk (99) also played for London.
The scoring golfers from Madison-Plains were closely bunched together.
Jonathon Dill (92) and Hunter McConkey (93) were within a shot of one another. Anthony Tesi was right there with a 94 and Chris Faulkner came through with a 99. J.J. Robertson also had a 99, while Grant Doty finished with a 110.
West Jefferson’s Alex Wihl shot a 93, teammates Drew Womble (94) and Matthew Thompson (97) and Connor Miller (104) all contributed to the team score. Jeremy Ewalt (110) and Stephen Crigger (125).
The boys Postseason MSL Tournament will be held on Sept. 16 back at Darby Creek.
Chris Miles can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 1618 or via Twitter @MadPressSports.