BRIMFIELD TWP. — One of the most dominating league seasons in Cloverleaf history was completed Monday at Sunny Hill Golf Course.
The girls golf team repeated as undefeated overall Portage Trail Conference champion, firing an 83-over-par 367 to beat second-place Lake Center Christian by 31 strokes at the third annual tournament.
The result was little more than a formality, as coach Adam Michel’s team won its 14 regular-season matches by an average of 41.4 strokes.
“It’s nice to go undefeated two years in a row,” junior No. 3 player Brynn Shetterly said. “It’s pretty exciting, I think.”
Scores were a tad high, leaving the Colts motivated to improve before The Elms Division I Sectional in two weeks. Averi Hanna won medalist honors with a 13-over 84 and fellow junior Mckenna Jordan was one stroke behind, while Shetterly (95) also broke 100.
Lake Center Christian’s Madison Justice (88) was the PTC Player of the Year, as Jordan and Hanna often split points in matches. The top five players in a match earn them on a 10-8-6-4-2 basis instead of leagues like the Greater Cleveland Conference, which awards points based on score relative to course rating.
That was just fine with Hanna, who has led the team in eight of the last nine events.
“We just had a goal of shooting your personal best and having fun, I guess,” she said.
As for the round, the front nine at 89-year-old Sunny Hills provided the Colts with a new challenge. At only 2,421 yards and with many narrow fairways, the longer-hitting players were forced to experiment with club management. One hole even had a man-made mound in the middle of the fairway.
Cloverleaf’s top players, Hanna (45), Jordan (46) and Shetterly (50), in particular had drastic nine-hole splits but rebounded nicely on the back.
“With all the hills and the way it was set up, you’d hit a great shot and get a bad break and be in a hazard,” Hanna said.
There appears to be no immediate end to the Colts’ PTC dominance, as Emma Harrell (103) and Nina Buchan (110) graduate but Hanna, Jordan, Shetterly and Maddie Boltz return next season. Cloverleaf has won 31 straight matches by an average of 36.9 strokes.
Sometimes not being challenged can be boring, but the Colts are taking everything in stride because of perspective. Only three years ago, they went 1-9 and finished last in the Suburban League.
“Everybody is pretty good friends on the team,” Shetterly said. “We’re all supportive of each other, so we try to help each other do better.”
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BRIMFIELD TWP. — Results from the Portage Trail Conference Tournament at par-71 Sunny Hills G.C.:
Overall standings: 1. Cloverleaf (14-0) 20, 2. Springfield (9-5) 14.5, 3. Lake Center Christian (8-6) 14, 4. Southeast (9-5) 12.5, 5. Norton (7-7) 11, 6. Woodridge (6-8) 8, 7. Garfield (3-11) 6, 8. Crestwood (0-14) 4.
Tournament standings: 1. Cloverleaf 367, 2. Lake Center Christian 398, 3. Springfield 401, 4. Norton 408, 5. Ravenna Southeast 426, 6. Woodridge 426, 7. Garrettsville Garfield 472, 8. Crestwood 485.
Cloverleaf (367): Averi Hanna 84, Mckenna Jordan 85, Brynn Shetterly 95, Emma Harrell 103, Nina Buchan 110, Maddie Boltz 133.
Note: Cloverleaf and Crestwood used front-nine scores to complete a regular-season match. The Colts won 192-238.