KINGSWOOD'S Elizabeth Nelson tees off on hole 13 at Campbell's Scottish Highlands on Saturday. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
October 07, 2013SALEM — The top female high school golfers in the state descended on Campbell's Scottish Highlands in Salem on Saturday, Oct. 5, for the individual girls' state championship.
NHIAA Executive Director Patrick Corbin was on hand for the event, which featured a pair of competitions.
The championship round consisted of 14 golfers each playing 18 holes of golf, while the medal round featured 12 different golfers, each playing nine holes. The medal round golfers played the back nine at the Salem course.
Among the competitors in the championship round were Kingswood senior Elizabeth Nelson and Prospect Mountain senior Indiana Jones. Jones played in the championship round last year and Nelson participated in the medal round last year.
Jones was playing at the course for the third time in a week, as she was there the previous week with coach Paul Hitchings and also played with her team in the penultimate match of the regular season, hosted by Pelham on Oct. 2.
"For the better golfers, seeing the course is important," Hitchings noted prior to the start of the match.
"I think she's ready," Kingswood coach Warren Tickle said of Nelson. "She had a reasonably good round Wednesday at The Oaks."
When the day was over, Nelson finished ninth overall, firing a 47 on the front nine and a 44 on the back nine for a total of 92. Jones finished in 11th place overall, with a front-nine score of 49 and a back nine score of 46 for a total of 95 for the 18 holes.
Bishop Guertin's Chelsea Sedlar, who played in Jones' group, won the overall championship, firing a 41 on the front nine and a 35 on the back nine for a total of 76. Kaitlyn Lutinski of Pinkerton and Molly Fitzpatrick of Derryfield rounded out the top three.
For Jones, two bad holes made the difference. She fired a nine on the par-five hole number five and a 10 on the par-four hole number 13. She shot five, six, six, five on the first four and four, four, four, six on the final four holes of the front nine. She opened the back nine with four, four, five before the tough time on hole 13. She finished out at five, four, four, six and four (birdie) to close the day.
Nelson had her highest individual hole totals on the front nine. She shot a seven on hole one, then had a six and a two (birdie) on the next two holes. After firing an eight on hole four, she finished out the front nine with six, four, four, six, five. The back nine saw her hit two pars in a row after opening with a five on hole 10. She shot three and four on holes 11 and 12, then finished out six, five, six, six, five, four.
In the medal round, Mayghan Simano of Woodsville came out on top, firing a 43, with Emma Moore of Hillsboro-Deering in second at 46 and Nicole Antonucci of Belmont in third at 49.
Corbin made sure to thank the Campbell family, owners of the golf course, who have donated the use of the course for the girls' championship every year that it has been held.
Joshua Spaulding can be reached at 569-3126 or firstname.lastname@example.org.