Watterson junior Erin Harper has been named Athlete of the Year for girls golf after winning the Division I state title Oct. 19. Honorees highlight fall season - ThisWeek News 11.21.13
This Watterson junior rewrote her team's record book this season while becoming its first state champion.
Harper had a 71.1 scoring average while shooting par or better on 273 of the 306 holes she played (89.2 percent). On those 306 holes, Harper shot par 199 times and had 71 birdies and three eagles. She finished 3-under par for the season.
While competing on 17 courses, Harper had 15 first-place finishes. She was runner-up twice, finished third once and placed ninth once.
The district Player of the Year shot an 18-hole team-record 6-under par while winning the Panther Invitational on Aug. 16 at Turnberry.
Harper shot 68 to win the Division I sectional Oct. 1 at Mentel Memorial and 72 to place second in the district tournament Oct. 8 at The Links at Groveport. In the state tournament Oct. 18 and 19 at Ohio State's Gray Course, Harper was the individual medalist with a 145.
"As you can see, Erin is the real deal," coach Rick McQuade said. "Erin plays in the moment and does not spend a lot of time looking in the rearview mirror. She knows what is in front of her is what matters."
Harper captures state golf title 10.24.13 ThisWeek News
Unlike last season in the Division I state tournament, Erin Harper of the Watterson High School girls golf team maintained her composure from start to finish to become the first player from her program to win a state championship.
The junior carded a 71 in the first round Oct. 18 at Ohio State's Gray Course and held a two-stroke lead. She began to feel anxious after she found herself 2-over par through three holes in the second round Oct. 19, but she made a 6-foot putt for par on the fourth hole and went on to shoot 74 for the round.
Harper ended the 36-hole, 72-player tournament with a 145, finishing two strokes ahead of the runner-up, Massillon Jackson's Cassie Pantelas (147).
Last season in her first state appearance, Harper shot an 81 in the first round and a 77 in the second to tie for 19th with a 158 total. She said nerves got the better of her in the first round a year ago and, consequently, "psyched myself out."
"I've been working hard for this for so long that it almost doesn't feel real," Harper said of winning the state title. "It was freezing here (Oct. 19). I could see my breath on a couple of holes and I couldn't even feel my hands on the last couple of holes, so I just trusted my swing and did my best.
"I played really well the first day, but I psyched myself out the first three holes (Oct. 19). I was able to make a miraculous putt to save par on the fourth hole and that turned my round around and helped me find my game again. After that, everything fell into place."
Coach Rick McQuade was impressed by Harper's performance in the second round with wet and chilly conditions.
"The weather is so bad that I don't know how anybody was able to play well here (Oct. 19)," McQuade said. "Erin left a bunch of shots out there, but she was tough enough to keep battling through the elements with the pressure of playing for first place. Erin's just so consistent. She was medalist (12) times this season and she shot 6-under par for the year."
Watterson won all four rounds of the MOGGL tournament to finish as the Division I league champion with a 20-0 record.
The Eagles were runners-up (343) in the 11-team sectional Oct. 1 at Mentel Memorial behind Dublin Coffman (302) and finished third in the nine-team district Oct. 8 at The Links at Groveport behind state-qualifiers Coffman (300) and Dublin Jerome (308).
Harper secured the second of two individual state-qualifying berths with a 72). Also competing were freshman Abigail Meyers (93), junior Avery Wakefield (93), junior Ellie Kairis (103) and senior Anna Kairis (109)."We had a good year and we have three solid players coming back, so we've got a shot at being a better team next year if they all work on their games," McQuade said.
Row 1: Alison Lang, Avery Wakefield, Jessica Lorenz, Mia Karam, Kat Zacheis, Claire Dougherty Row 2: Head Coach Rick McQuade, Nicki Stephan, Abigail Meyers, Anna Kairis, Erin Harper, Ellie Kairis, Alex Bryant, Sam Mandzak, Asst. Coach John Roberts
The Girls Golf team won the UA Invitational: Erin Harper, even par 72, overall medalist; Mia Karam, 79, 2nd medalist; and Abigail Meyers 81, 3rd medalist.
GOLF 2012 AWARDS
MVP- Natalie Meyers
Most Improved - Ann Jobko
Lowest Stroke Average - Erin Harper
Girls golfers finish in top 20 at state
Senior Natalie Meyers (left) and sophomore Erin Harper (right) of the girls golf team both finished in the top 20 in the Division I state tournament held Oct. 19 and 20 at Ohio State's Gray Course.
Meyers shot a 14-over-par 154 over 36 holes to tie Rocky River Magnificat's Jillian Hollis for 14th of 72 golfers, and Harper carded a 158 to tie Emily Jereb of Chardon Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin for 19th.
Medina Highland's Jessica Porvasnik won the state title with an even-par 140. ThisWeek News 10/24/12
Concentrating on the present will carry the past and reveal the future.
Girls golf at Bishop Watterson is a living example of a sport in its infancy that has conquered giants and is growing into adulthood. It is a sport that has shown that the skill of the club can be enhanced by the quality of the heart. It has taken girls focusing on the next shot to women planning a better world.
Competition to make the next shot hones the mind and heart of a woman as she pursues her goals in life.
Oct. 2 -- Finished second (348) in 10-team Division I sectional tournament at Oakhaven behind Dublin Jerome (323) and ahead of third-place Hilliard Bradley (367), as the top three teams advanced to district Oct. 9 at Cooks Creek
Oct. 6 -- Finished third (339) in 12-team Pickerington North Classic at Cooks Creek behind Dublin Coffman (320) and Jerome (324)
Oct. 9 -- Competed in district tournament at Cooks Creek. The top two teams and top two individuals not on a qualifying team advance to state Oct. 19 and 20 at Ohio State's Gray Course.
Sept. 20 -- Finished first (176) in fifth round of MOGGL tournament at Bent Tree ahead of runner-up Licking Valley (201),
Columbus Dispatch Weekly Wrap - Erin Harper top performer in Girls Golf 9/8/12
Erin Harper - Girls Golf
Harper, a sophomore, shot a 6-over 78 to win the Mid-Ohio Girls Golf League Division I tournament at Blacklick Woods in Reynoldsburg. It marked her sixth victory, second in the league, this season
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2010-2011 Awards - MOGGL, Sectional, District Champions,
8th in the State, 118-16 season, 19-0 league