Division I girls
For the first time in her high school career, Geneva junior Danielle Nicholson will head to The Legends in Massillon to compete in the Division I district tournament without her teammates.
Nicholson took home medalist honors with a 78, but the Eagles failed to qualify after shooting a 360, which was tied for fourth place (the top four teams advance) with Howland. However it wasn’t enough to qualify as they lost the tiebreaker.
“We heard from another coach that Howland’s girl had shot a 96 and she needed a 95, but then she came in with a 95,” Nicholson said. “It’s really disappointing. I’m very disappointed that I can’t practice with the team this week.”
Despite her disappointment, Nicholson still has a chance to win her second Division I state championship.
Although she took home medalist honors, she knows she has plenty to improve on.
“No, I’m not very pleased with how I played, I didn’t putt very well,” she said.
Nicholson started the round at Tamer Win on the back nine, eagling the 10th hole. But, she followed that with a triple bogey on 11.
Overall, Nicholson said she felt her putting failed her.
“I did not putt well the entire round, I had four three-putts and my lag putting really let me down,” she admitted.
Although it’ll be a new experience playing without her teammates, not much will change from a preparation standpoint for the 2011 state champion.
“It’ll be business as usual,” she said. “I need to make up for some mistakes and take revenge on the course next week. I shot 75 the last two years there so hopefully I’ll shoot a good score.”
Driving the ball will be important for Nicholson to punch her third-straight ticket to Columbus next week.
“You have to drive the ball well on that course,” she said. “You have to keep the ball below the hole because the greens roll faster than Tamer did today, so it’s very critical to keep the ball below the hole, I didn’t do that today.”
Nicholson took home medalist honors after winning a playoff hole after tying Jacinta Pikunas of Boardman.
It was an odd scenario as neither player was interested in playing the extra hole and Pikunas didn’t even have her clubs.
“It was really odd because they keep four individuals and four teams, but we tied for first, so it didn’t matter,” Nicholson said. “She didn’t even have her clubs, but they said you’re going to have to play a playoff hole. I said I honestly didn’t care, I’ll take first or second. Then her coach said she should play.
“She borrowed clubs and took a ball from me. She took a double and I took bogey.”
Lakeside was the only other area team in competition at Tamer Win, as the Dragons took home 10th place after a 427.