SHARONVILLE – Tuesday was a disappointing day for Greenville senior Jada Garland.
Her high school golf career came to an end at the Division I girls district tournament after shooting a 99 at Glenview Golf Course in Sharonville. And though she shed a few tears afterward, the senior was proud to have made it to the district meet again.
“Today was disappointing, but I’m glad I made it here,” said Garland, who also was a district qualifier as a sophomore. “The goal was just to stay under 100 today which I barely did. My driver hasn’t been good lately. I’ve been trying to figure it out, but after the first couple of holes today I was done with it and there just wasn’t much I could do today without it.”
The course played about 5,600 yards, according to GHS coach Tracy Haines, which she said is about 600 yards more than what Jada is used to at her home course of Turtle Creek.
“It’s almost like adding two more holes,” Haines said. “She played Turtle Creek on Sunday and played it from the gold tees which is about 5,400 yards just trying to get that extra yardage in. She played nine from the gold tees on Monday at Turtle again. She had to get used to hitting from places she’s not used to hitting from. If you hit your tee shot 150 yards and it is a 300-yard hole then you only have 150 left. But if it’s 400 yards, then you got 250 left and that makes a huge difference.”
The top three teams qualified for the Division I state tournament which will be held Oct. 19-20 on the Ohio State University Gray Course in Columbus. Those three teams were district champion Centerville with a score of 314, followed by Mason (323) and Lakota East (325). The top three individuals not on a qualifying team also advance to the state tournament. They are Katie Fuller (80) of Ursuline Academy, Sarah O’Connor (80) of Beavercreek and Alex Schutte (81) of Colerain, who won a playoff hole to capture the final state-qualifying spot.
“My season didn’t go exactly how I wanted it to,” Garland said. “I wanted to do a little better, but I played good when it counted at sectionals. I am sad that it is over, but I’m happy with the way things went for my high school career. Winning the GWOC North title last year was definitely a highlight and then placing at sectionals and going to district my sophomore year and this year.”
Garland says she plans to study fashion merchandising in college and will likely attend the University of Cincinnati.
Coach Haines said Garland has been a great role model for the Greenville team.
“She has been a good leader for the team and I hope she does well in the future,” Haines said. “I’m sure this year didn’t go as well as she wanted it too, but it has been a pleasure having her for four years. I’m going to miss her.
“She’s a two-time district qualifier for us and she is a good kid,” she continued. “I am definitely proud of her for getting here. She earned the right to be here and I am very proud of her for that. I always have been. She’s worked hard and is a good role model for the other team members. I know this year after some of the matches she wasn’t happy with how she played and 3 or 4 of them went to the range afterward. That is dedication and that is just one reason why she is a good role model for the other kids. She set that example.”
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