COLLEGE HILL –
McAuley High School
has a nice core of golfers whom coach Ernie Petri believes will translate into some solid scoring. The Mohawks have four returning starters in sophomore Hallie Heidemann, senior Emma Schrand, junior Lauren Humpert and junior Hayley Quatman.
Heidemann was an individual district qualifier, second-team in the Girls Greater Catholic League and her 42.60 nine-hole average ranked sixth in the GGCL last season as a freshman.
Petri, who’s coached McAuley for the last 18 years, said his top four can score, then he has another four girls who will also contribute.
The Mohawks only have two seniors, one of who is a transfer from Mercy and can’t play the early part of the season.
“The goal is to get team back to districts,” Petri said. “We missed (making districts) the last two years, but we made it the previous seven years straight.”
Last season was Winton Woods High School’s inaugural girls golf season. The program was started by first-time head coach Nicole Williford, a former golfer at St. Ursula, who’s back again to coach season No. 2.
Last year, the Warriors had just four girls. This year, three of those starters are back with a total of six girls on the roster.
Returning as starters are seniors Hannah Van Dyke, Cheyann Stevenson and Kenniya Carter. They’re joined by junior Jade Davis, freshman Lindsey Van Dyke and sophomore Aversa Prentosito.
Like anything else, winning is a process. Williford likes her senior leadership. They’ve been tasked with helping acclimate the newcomers to the sport. Williford said “two of the new (players) are gonna be pretty strong.”
At this point, Williford said she’s been stressing consistency and urging her girls to go out on their own and practice.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Hallie Heidemann, McAuley: The sophomore was second-team All-GGCL last season and a district qualifier.
Emma Schrand, McAuley: The senior is one of the Mohawks most-experienced golfers.
Sept. 8: GGCL tournament