Sunday, August 15, 1999

GIRLS GOLF PREVIEW


Ursuline back with 4 of top 6

BY DAVE SCHUTTE
Enquirer contributor

        The cast of players has changed but the outcome is expected to be the same.

        Again this season, the Ursuline, Wilmington and St. Ursula girls golf teams were voted Cincinnati's best and expected to dominate in Southwestern Ohio.

        In one of the closest preseason polls in memory, Ursuline received six first place votes and 88 points to claim the No.1 spot, followed by Wilmington (86 points) and St. Ursula (82 points).

        While there might be debate over the top team, there's no doubt that Wilmington junior Gabby Wedding, a two-time state qualifier, is the best golfer.

        Ursuline's Erin McAfee and Carrie Farnham, St. Ursula's Molly Smith and Jane Wurzelbacher Glen Este's Ashley Duff, Badin's Stephanie Wertz, and Oak Hills' Jen Irwin also are highly respected based on summer and past performances.

        Mount Notre Dame freshman Holly Jones, a gymnast turned golfer, could prove to be the biggest surprise of the season. She has been outstanding during the summer, placing high in several tournaments.

        1. Ursuline: Four of the six golfers who played for the Lions' second-place team at state are back.

        Besides McAfee and Farnham, coach Marianne Utz Sahms will rely on Jenny Clarke and Abby Stansel.

        2. Wilmington: Although the team lost three seniors to graduation, coach Donna Seeger has four juniors, one senior and one sophomore back from the state qualifying team.

        Besides Wedding, Wilmington will feature sister Katie and Maggie Likins, Deidre Robinson and Susie Conley.

        3. St. Ursula: Another team with four veterans — Molly Smith, Jane Wurzelbacher, Mimi Kelly and Katie Gilligan — is hungry for a third state title.

        4. Glen Este: Overlooked in 1998, the Trojans are the team to watch with the leader Ashley Duff, daughter of coach David Duff.

        “We lost only one starter and should field a good team,” David Duff said.

        Also expected to contribute are returning starters Stephanie Christman, Danielle Smith and Kristin Dulle, along with freshman Lacey Ellis.

        5. Mercy: This could be the season the Bobcats — led by senior Teela Myers — challenge for the city title.

        Juniors Lara Mendel, Erin Mullen, Beth Michels and Stephanie Roberto come in confident from an undefeated junior varsity.

        6. Seton: The Saints return five golfers capable of shooting in the 40s.

        Sophomore Lindsey Oldiges had the best average (50.9) last season and is expected to show the way with help from seniors Jenny Taylor and Brigid Eagan, and juniors Julie Heintz, Ashley Turner and Lindsey Schultz.

        7. Lakota West: Although coach Bev Lyon started four freshman in 1998, the Firebirds compiled a 17-3 record.

        This foursome of Ana Brown (44.67 average), Abby Smardon (46.67), Jessica Landis (52.83) and Ashley Welker (55.5) should be improved and ready to challenge for the Greater Miami Conference and city titles.

        8. Sycamore: Although the Aviators graduated four seniors, coach Keith Breckenridge will build the team around seniors Allison Amrine, Courtney Harland and Stephanie Weger.

        9. Mount Notre Dame: Returning starters Kelly Kaiser and Lindsey Herb are the foundation for a team that also features junior Angela Rousso and highly touted freshmen Holly Jones and Angela Santel.

        “This will be a rebuilding year,” coach Linda Jochim said.

        10. Lebanon: The Warriors return starters Nancy Bowling, Ashley Moore and Sarah Venot.

       



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