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Woodsville's Simano wins medal flight at golf championships

by Joshua Spaulding
Sports Editor - Granite State News, Carroll County Independent, Meredith News, Gilford Steamer, Winnisquam Echo, Plymouth Record-Enterprise and Baysider

Woodsville golfers (l to r) Brooke Simano, Mayghan Simano and Rainie May participated in the NHIAA girls' individual golf championship on Saturday in Salem. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
October 07, 2013
SALEM — Woodsville High School was well-represented at the individual girls' golf championships at Campbell's Scottish Highlands in Salem on Saturday, Oct. 5.

The Engineers had three golfers competing in the medal flight, which consisted of nine holes. The day's competition included two flights, the medal flight and the championship flight. The 14 golfers in the championship flight played all 18 holes, while the 12 golfers in the medal flight played the back nine.

When the medal round finished up, it was Woodsville's Mayghan Simano coming out with the top score. She finished with a 43 to edge Emma Moore of Hillsboro-Deering (46) and Nicole Antonucci of Belmont (49).

This year was Simano's third year playing in the girls' championship medal round and she noted that some new clubs might have played a role in her improved round this year.

She also followed a little wisdom from coach Bill Knehr, which kept her focused on her task at hand.

"I had a lot of bogeys," Simano said. "Coach always says to play bogey golf."

For his part, the Engineer coach was thrilled for his junior's performance.

"This is awesome," he said. "I'm in tears, just about."

NHIAA Executive Director Pat Corbin, who was on hand to pass out the medals to the top performers, praised the golfers in the medal flight for some of the best golf in that flight in a number of years.

For her part, Simano was consistent across the board, making the difference in leading her over her competition. She opened with a five on hole 10 and followed that up with a three for par and then shot five, six, five, four, five, five and five to round out her nine holes.

The Engineers, who play their home matches at Black Mountain Country Club in North Haverhill, were also represented by a pair of freshmen, Brooke Simano and Rainie May. The younger Simano sister shot a 62 for the day and May shot a 56.

Joshua Spaulding can be reached at 569-3126 or sportsgsn@salmonpress.com.

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