NORTON: Highland and Wadsworth featured the best girls golf teams Wednesday at Barberton Brookside Country Club, but neither squad boasted the top individual.

Kory Nielsen, a Kent Roosevelt senior, shot an even-par 72 to earn the Suburban League American Conference Postseason Tournament medalist honor.

Nielsen’s 72 was the best round of the day as Highland won the American Conference team title and Wadsworth won the National Conference team title. Nielsen made an eagle on Nos. 1 and 8, a birdie on Nos. 2, 4 and 16 and had seven bogies.

“I definitely liked all of my long game; my drives and my approach shots,” Nielsen said. “I can always work on my short game. It wasn’t the best today, but hopefully I can improve for sectional, district and hopefully state.”

Nielsen is a Kent State University recruit who will join older twin sisters Kasey Nielsen and Kelly Nielsen, current sophomores, on the KSU women’s golf team next year.

“Kory drives the ball well and puts herself in position to score all the time,” Roosevelt coach Bryan Harvey said. “She has only had one or two rounds over par all year. She is this close from going low, from going real low. She missed a couple of 1-footers and a 3-footer today that stopped her from going really low. She is right where she needs to be as we head into the postseason. I definitely think she is the best player in Northeast Ohio.”

Junior Alicia Porvasnik carded a 74 to lead Highland, which finished with a 330. Kent was second with a 331, Copley was third at 380 and Aurora was fourth at 395.

“This was a close one there with Kent,” Porvasnik said. “I’d like it to not be that close. I have some things to work on in my game that need to get better. ... Our team played well, though, and we are happy to earn the win.”

Seniors Madison Butler (80) and Christina Williams (80), junior Ruby Swan (96) and senior Sara Haller (96) also figured in the scoring for Highland, which has won eight league titles in a row — the final six Suburban League titles and the first two SLAC titles.

“It was incredibly close,” Highland coach Mary Becker said of the SLAC tournament. “We kind of struggled today and I’m not quite sure why. Sometimes, I know our girls put a lot of pressure on themselves and they have some expectations walking onto a course, instead of understanding that a course plays different every day.”

Becker said she encouraged her girls “to play for every stroke.”

Roosevelt’s Grace Thompson (81), Copley’s Maia Mathey (85) and Revere’s Armani Shepherd (86) also posted notable rounds in the SLAC.

Secilia Ho leads Grizzlies

Sophomore Secilia Ho made birdies on Nos. 1 and 18, and shot an 81 to win the Suburban League National Conference medalist honor and guide Wadsworth to its first league title.

Ho encountered an issue on No. 13 after she hit a tee shot and never saw the ball again.

“We think a lawnmower ran over [the ball],” Ho said. “That was like perfect drive and when we walked down it was gone.”

Wadsworth coach Mike Schmeltzer Jr. said, “parents from other teams said she hit her ball down the middle and then it was gone. There are no other holes around there.”

Ho returned to hit the ball off the tee and scored a six on the hole. “I was proud of the way she responded after that,” Schmeltzer Jr. said.

Ho (81), senior Meggie Flanigan (87), junior Alanna Knight (94), senior Jenna Peters (98) and junior Emily Dennison (98) counted toward Wadsworth’s score of 360. Brecksville (365), North Royalton (368) and Hudson (385) rounded out the top four.

“The course was firm and the greens were fast,” Schmeltzer Jr. said. “We finished very strong as a team. One through five finished the last four or five holes maybe as good as we have played all year.”

Hudson’s Jenn David and Brecksville’s Ashley DeSantis each shot an 86.

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