Marc Hardin reports:
The Mason girls’ golf team is back in the Division I state tournament after a year’s absence with a convincing Southwest District Tournament championship victory Thursday at Weatherwax Golf Course.
Mason, a three-time state champion from 2008-10, fired a team score of 338 to beat runner-up Ursuline Academy (352) by 14 shots. Third-place Centerville (353) will join the Comets and Lions at next week’s state tournament at Ohio State.
“The girls are really excited because they finished fourth here last year, and missed the cut by two shots after winning state three years in a row, so they’re happy to be going back,” said first-year Mason coach Karen Binzel. “It was their goal all year to get back to Columbus.”
Comets junior Miranda Dubler, a first-year varsity player, shot 38 on the front nine and carded a score of 6-over-par 78 on the par-72, 5,660-yard layout covering the Meadows and Valley View courses.
Her score was good for second overall following a playoff against Oak Hills’ Mackenzie Laumann (78), who finished third and qualified for state as an individual. Miamisburg’s Molly Skapik was medalist with a 76.
Mason senior Tara Liebert, who experienced the disappointment of last season, was next for Mason on Thursday with an 82. She had two birdies and shot 38 on the back nine.
“This was a major goal, not to repeat last year,” Liebert said. “This year, we want to get the tradition back.”
Binzel said the Comets’ hallmark characteristics are its depth and year-long consistency.
“The team, from the get-go, played very consistent,” the coach said.
“The big thing with that has been our depth. We’ve got eight girls who can be in the top five on any given day.”
Ursuline was paced by Abigail Wellens’ score of 80. Emma Meyer carded an 86 for the Lions.