Akron resident Solomon Petrie recently won the 13-year-old division of the United States Kids Golf Teen World Championship in North Carolina.

Petrie, an eighth-grader at Litchfield Middle School, was one of 123 golfers in his age group that played on Pine­hurst No. 5. Petrie posted rounds of 3-under-par 69, 5-under-par 67 and an even par 72 for a three-day score of 208.

Max Cashmere of United Arab Emirates placed second with a three-day score of 210, and Carlen Sanderson of Skillman, N.J.,and Aidan Tran of Fresno, Calif.,finished tied for third with scores of 211.

“The experience I mostly took is that I can win a major championship playing against some of the top players in the world. I led from start to finish, which is another thing that will help me,” Petrie said.

Petrie also qualified for the Van Horn Cup at Pinehurst No. 2. The Van Horn Cup is a one-day event with top American teenagers competing against top International teenagers in a best-ball tournament. The International team won.

“It was also a cool experience to get to play Pinehurst No. 2 when I made the Van Horn Cup Team,” he said. “Having several family members to celebrate with was awesome, too.”

Sara Berger honored

Former Wadsworth standout Sara Berger was named Walsh University Athlete of the Year for the third consecutive year.

Cementing her legacy at Walsh, Berger continues to flourish year in and year out. This past season, she earned All-American honors three more times to bring her career total to five. On top of that, she was an All-Region selection in four different sports this season (soccer, cross country, indoor track and outdoor track).

Berger, a junior, finished runner-up at the outdoor national championship in the 1,500 with a time of 4:19.14, while earning third in the indoor championship in the 1,600 with a time of 4:42.38.

She also was a member of the distance medley relay team that had the fourth best time in Division II history at 11:20.61. Because of her efforts, the Cavaliers finished ninth nationally at the indoor championship and 20th nationally at the outdoor championship.

Berger helped the women’s soccer team that advanced to the semifinals of the GLIAC tournament, to its best finish ever in conference play.

As a defender, she helped Walsh record eight shutouts on the best defensive team in program history.

She was also named a GLIAC commissioner award winner, GLIAC Women’s Track Athlete of the Year, GLIAC All-Academic Excellence selection three times, an OCSA Academic All-Ohio selection, NSCAA NCAA Division II Women’s Scholar All-East Region team selection and broke eight school records this season.

Gail Hackett a winner

Gail Hackett fired a 78 to earn medalist honors at the Women’s Akron District Golf Association tournament at Alliance Country Club.

Hackett, who resides in Canton and represents Congress Lake Country Club, continues her successful season with multiple wins, including the club championship.

In Flight 1, Alison Cress of Canton’s Brookside Country Club won with a 79. Flight 2, was won by Ann Hunt (Alliance Country Club) with an 86; Flight 3, Ruth Robison (Brook side), 94; Flight 4, Pam Clay (Brook side), 98.

— Curtis Duffield