COLUMBUS — Lucky No. 7
Six times Lima Central Catholic head coach Dan Reinicke has brought a team to the state tournament and on his seventh try he came home with a state title and luck had little to do with it.
Lima Central Catholic came to the Division II girls state tournament determined to win the the title and the Thunderbirds accomplished that goal in dominating fashion to hoist the the first-place trophy at the Ohio State Golf Club Grey course Saturday.
Leading by seven strokes after firing a 331 the first day, the Thunderbirds carded a impressive 321 on the second day for a 652 total to win by 22 strokes and secure the state championship. Shelby, LCC’s nemesis the past couple of years, finished second after the first day and shot a 336 Saturday to finish with a 674 for the two-day event. Sugarcreek Garaway finished third with a 681.
Last year, LCC finished third overall.
“I can’t tell you how good it feels,” said an emotional Reinicke. “We set a really good number up there. We missed the state record by one stroke so it was a really good day.”
This is LCC’s first state title in girls golf in school history and the ninth team state title overall for the Thunderbird sports program. The boys golf team has won three state championships
Reinicke said there were a number of factors of why this team took home the championship this year.
“We did it because we played a tough schedule all year,” Reinicke said. “We played tough teams. Division I teams. We practiced hard and the girls were great. They did the right things and the top four had been here last year so they came knowing what was going to happen. It was the right place. The right shots at the right time.”
It was evident throughout the day that the girls maintained their composure and focus. Even when one of the Thunderbird linksters had a bad hole, the individual would refocus and stay on course.
“That is a testament to their fortitude and what we talked about and how to stay in the moment and not worry about what is going on in the future and what is happening around you. All you can control is what you are doing and stay in the moment.”
The Mulcahy sisters once again spearheaded the victory as all three posted scores under 80. Mary Kelly Mulcahy led the way with a 77, followed by older sister Meghan Mulcahy with a 78 and Erin Mulcahy with a 79. Senior Hannah Garver posted an 87 and Emma Mayers shot an 88.
Mary Kelly Mulcahy finished with a two-day total 152, good for sixth overall, Erin Mulcahy’s two-round 155 tied her for eighth place. Each earned second team all-state honors. Meghan Mulcahy finished with a 165 for 16th.
Meghan Mulcahy not only ends her high school career with a team state title but she shot her lowest score ever.
“It’s great to end like this. I don’t think there is any better way you could,” Meghan Mulcahy said.
“I got to be with my sisters and my teammates and it was a great season. We worked hard and ended up here.”
Mulcahy added that this team was special because the team had great chemistry and a common goal.
“We all brought different qualities to the team and we knew we had to stay focused and had a good time. We spent a lot of time together. This is a team effort so you have teammates to carry you.”
Garver, a senior, said capturing the state title has been the main goal all year, and it was exciting to snare the title.
“We just worked really, really hard to get here and we just wanted to pull it through for us and everybody and I think that is exactly what we did,” Garver said. “I think when it comes time to grind it out we do a really good job of buckling down and playing our game and it worked out.”
Reinicke praised the efforts of the team and his two seniors who he said played an integral role in the team’s success.
“It is really great to send them out on a note like this,” Reinicke said. “It sets a high bar for the girls coming in.”
St. Henry finished in 11th place at 766. Ellen Naumann led the Redskins with an 86 for a two-day total of 167 for 17th overall, Also competing for the Redskins were Elizabeth Rockwell (199), Alana Siefring (199) and Claire Clune (201) and Calli Hemmelgarn (211).
Reach Jose Nogueras at 567-242-0468.