As a sophomore in 2010, Tara Liebert turned in the fourth-best score for the Mason girls’ golf team as it shot a state-record 611 to win its third consecutive Division I state championship.
It was a much different experience this season for Liebert as a senior, but it wasn’t without positive memories.
Liebert shot three strokes better during the final round of the state tournament Saturday on Ohio State’s Gray Course to help Mason earn a fifth-place finish with a 651.
Dublin Jerome shot 629 to edge Medina Highland (630) for its second consecutive championship. Ursuline Academy placed ninth (687).
“It does feel different because I know it’s my last time at state,” said Liebert. “There were more nerves.”
Liebert shot an 81 in the opening round and 78 on Saturday for a two-day total of 159 that tied her for 21st with Miamisburg senior Jamie Witt and Oak Hills senior Mackenzie Laumann.
Junior Miranda Dubler shot 78 on Friday and 82 on Saturday for a 160, Mason’s second-best score. Senior Macy Hubbard and junior Quinn Atkinson each shot 84s and sophomore Morgan Schaffer carded an 87 during the final round.
Highland senior Jessica Porvasnik followed a state-record round of 68 on Friday by shooting a 72 for a 140 that gave her the state championship.
“I thought we were very consistent overall,” Mason coach Karen Binzel said. “We had the typical round that we’ve played all year. Four of our girls have never been here before and three of our five are coming back next year.”
Senior Alicia Lang led Ursuline Academy with an 82 during the final round for a two-day total of 165 that tied her for 29th.
She was followed by juniors Emma Meyer (170), Abigail Wellens (174) and Sarah Reilly (178) and senior Taylor Castle (186).
“I was happy because I was solid today,” Lang said. “All season everyone was writing us off and said we weren’t going to do much since we only returned one player from last year. I was our No. 6 player last year. It’s very exciting to be here.”