When West Muskingum’s Erica Mawhorr ran in a birdie putt on her first hole Tuesday, she felt good things were coming at the Division II girls district at Blacklick Woods.
She was right, but it wasn’t enough.
Mawhorr followed a 42 on the front nine with a 41 on the back for an 83 — matching her qualifying sectional score. But the junior was four shots shy of the cutoff for a playoff to the state tournament.
John Glenn freshman Lexi Bubenchik (86) and Maysville freshman Makyla Lewellen (99) — making their first district appearances — also failed to qualify.
The top three teams and individuals from nonqualifying teams advanced to the next week’s state tournament at Ohio State’s Gray Course.
Bexley’s Liza Weisman (78), Columbus Academy’s Shania Irvin (79) and Columbus School for Girls’ Megan Wong (79) were the three individuals.
Mawhorr made a pair of birdies but also two double bogeys.
“I really wish I could have played better,” Mawhorr said. “I had high expectations for myself. I was planning on shooting in the 70s.”
Mawhorr was victimized by several putts that lipped out, including two for birdie on the back nine.
“Probably at least five or six,” Mawhorr said. “If those go in it’s probably a different story.”
Mawhorr hopes she gets a chance at redemption.
“I’ll defintely practice a lot more,” Mawhorr said. “Hopefully, my whole team will be able to go with me next time. I was just thankful to be there.”
Bubenchik was victimized by an ailing back that became sore Monday. She said it loosened up after getting treatment Tuesday morning, enabling her to play.
She was victimized by 36 putts, well above her average.
“I know I left some shots out there,” Bubenchik said. “It was my putting. I hit 11 greens. I’m not the happiest right now.”
She lamented her inability to judge the green speeds.
“When I played the practice round the greens were lightning fast and I just couldn’t get it through my head that they weren’t as fast today,” Bubenchik said. “I just couldn’t get it down.”
Like Lewellen, who shot 83 at the sectional, John Glenn coach Chad Orecchio knows Bubenchik’s future is promising.
Both players were forced to play with the boys team because of lack of girls to field a team.
“As a freshman, she came up here and showed she’s capable of competing with this kind of field,” Orecchio said. “Not many freshmen can do that. I think playing the red tees definitely helped her. Hopefully next year, we can get a few more.”
Dover, led by medalist Courtney Shutt’s 76, earned the team title with 352. Licking Valley was second (375) and Sugarcreek Garaway third (377). All three advanced to the state tournament.