LIMA – Perhaps it was fitting that Emily Knouff capped off a dominating season by saving her best performance for last.
Knouff, a sophomore-to-be at Fort Loramie, fired a 69 Monday morning at Shawnee Country Club to run away with the Lima Junior Golf Association Tournament of Champions title.
Knouff went undefeated this summer to wrap up player of the year honors. Her 69 on Monday was just icing on the cake.
“Everything just seemed to work today and it all came together,” Knouff said. “I played much better here than I did last year.”
Knouff’s scorecard included seven threes splashed across it and five birdies. That more than offset the two bogeys.
When asked about her love for golf and future aspirations, Knouff had a ready answer.
“Oh my gosh, I love it (golf) and wouldn’t trade it for anything.” Knouff said. “My short-terms goals are to keep playing well and try to get better. Long term, I would like to play golf at the Division I level.”
The runner-up in the girls 16-18 division was Jennifer Mitchell with an 87.
The girl’ 15-and-under division winner was Jill Schmitmeyer with a 42, while Mary Ellen Mulcahy was runner-up with a 49.
The boys Player of the Year is Carter Bowman of St. Marys. Bowman was unable to play at Shawnee on Monday, as he was playing in Florida at the National Junior Optimist tournament.
Joshah Rager from Lincolnview bested Spencer Stubbs of Bath in a two-hole, playoff after both fired rounds of 78 in the 16-18 division.
In boys 14-15 division, Jeffrey Knueve fired an 83 to capture the title, while runner-up Collin Nartker finished with an 85. Austin Radcliff won the 12-13 flight with a 40. Christian Nartker came in second with his score of 41.
LJGA director Mike Harmon was pleased with another successful season.
“We had very good weather and saw a lot of new faces.” Harmon said. “Emily (Knouff) was very impressive. No one has ever won them all before. She has a passion for the game.”
The day ended with a banquet for the golfers and their families. The featured speaker was 2008 player of the year Michael Schmitmeyer.