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Published: Sunday, 10/22/2006

Fesh 20 strokes better in finale


COLUMBUS - St. Ursula Academy senior Jordan Fesh wasn't surprised with what occurred during the final round of the state girls golf tournament yesterday on Ohio State University's Gray Course.

After surviving the elements with a solid 79 on Friday that placed her tied for 11th heading into the final round, she shot a respectable 81 for an overall 160 but slipped to 14th overall.

It was Fesh's fourth state appearance, and she topped her previous best state score by 20 strokes.

"I left a lot of shots out there," Fesh said. "I wish I could have taken advantage of the better conditions [yesterday], but that's always the way it seems to work. I always play better when the conditions are tougher, and then people come back on me. But I made a birdie on No. 7 and had a lot of good holes."

St. Ursula finished last each of the last two seasons but improved to eighth this time with a 352-703.

West Chester Lakota West captured its first championship by shooting 635.

Fesh was the only senior Arrow at state. Juniors Ashley Garrison (87-176), Nicole Momsen (91-178), Dana Presnell (97-193), and Lisa Kitzler (93-193) also competed.

Notre Dame finished last at 386-769. Juniors Emily Gedert (91-180) and Heather Jorgensen (95-189), freshman Molly Sterling (103-198), and seniors Katie Halleck (99-205) and Adrienne Fox (101-206) represented the Eagles.

"It was so amazing being here since none of us have been down here before," Gedert said.

Lancaster's Allie White shot 71 on Friday and came back with a 73 for a 144 as she captured her first individual title. Eastwood freshman Alyssa Shimel followed her 78 on Friday with a 75 that landed her a fourth-place tie with Warren JFK's Katie Rogner and Macedonia Nordonia's Shamira Marshall at 154.

"My putting was a lot better [yesterday] and I drove the ball more accurately," Shimel said.

In the boys D-I tournament on OSU's Scarlet Course, St. John's Jesuit finished 10th with a 348-693 and Napoleon took 11th with a 351-701.

Senior Nathan Anderson led St. John's with an 82-167, followed by classmates Brad Seidel (84-173) and A.J. Weigand (90-187), junior Joe Kontak (94-179), and sophomore Alan Kolovich (92-180).

"I was a little intimidated by the 12-foot high bunkers on the first day, but I only got in them once or twice," Seidel said. "It was my last day playing golf for St. John's, so I just really wanted to try and enjoy myself."

Napoleon junior Jared Lambert shot 79-160 to earn second-team all-state. He was followed by senior Casten Reed (82-167), junior Darren Gessner (90-182), senior Tony Johnson (100-193), and sophomore Spencer Plassman (102-194).

Northview senior Chase Yacko finished with an 81-164 and Bowling Green sophomore Kyle Laberdee shot 85-171.

Upper Arlington's Bo Hoag took medal honors with a 153.

"It was a pretty good experience," Laberdee said. "It didn't really matter to me what I shot because it was just good to experience."

"I struck the ball well today," Yacko said. "I made a couple mental errors, but it's a great honor to be down here."

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