LIMA — Last fall, the Lima Central Catholic girls golf team finally accomplished its ultimate goal by winning the Division II state crown. It was the first state title for the girls golf program.
The T-Birds won the state title by 22 strokes over second-place Shelby.
In 2017, the T-Birds finished third at the state tournament.
A huge part of LCC’s success has been the stellar play of the Mulcahy sisters.
In 2018, there were three Mulcahy sisters on the state championship team.
This year’s squad will still feature three Mulcahys. However, one of them has since graduated, while another is moving up to the high school ranks this year.
Meghan Mulcahy, who graduated this past spring, was an integral part of LCC’s state championship team. At last year’s state tournament, she recorded her lowest score ever, shooting a 78 on the final round.
Twins, Mary Kelly Mulcahy and Erin Mulcahy, shot 77 and 79, respectively, on the final round of last year’s state tournament.
The twins are heading into their junior season. Their younger sister Bridgette Mulcahy, a freshman, should be a key cog of this year’s squad.
For the two days at last year’s state tournament, Mary Kelly Mulcahy shot 152, good for sixth overall. Erin Mulcahy’s two-day score of 155, tied her for eighth place. Meghan Mulcahy’s two-day score of 165 was good for 16th. The twins earned all-Ohio honors with their performances at the state tournament.
“We had the three Mulcahy sisters and unfortunately we lost the one to college,” longtime LCC coach Dan Reinicke said. “She (Meghan) was a big factor. She saved her best for last and shot a 78 on the last day of her high school career. Hannah Garver (then a senior) came in there and her best round of golf on the year was around an 84.
“So, those are two seniors who had been there all year and had been on the team all four years. They certainly helped the twins. The twins, obviously, were the best two. They did exactly what we expected them to do; and then the rest of the team came through as well. Our No. 5 girl, Emma Mayers, was our No. 4 player on Day One (of the state tournament). Her and Hannah both had good scores, but on that day (second day) Hannah was a little better than her.”
Mayers, a sophomore, is the third returner from last year’s state championship team.
“It will be a little different,” Erin Mulcahy said about this year’s team. “Meghan took over the role of someone that kept us all together, because she was a senior.
Bridgette is coming up with a little less experience. So, Mary Kelly and I will have to be the leaders of the team.”
The Mulcahy twins try to stay focused on what they need to do. They both have the same goal, which is to win another state title.
“We always talk about how you have to play your own game and not worry about what other people are doing,” Mary Kelly Mulcahy said. “It’s you against the
course. … It’s really not you against anyone else. So, it’s having confidence in what you can do.”
This summer, the twins competed in the boys division in the Lima Junior Golf Association tournaments. Erin Mulcahy placed first in the boys 16-18 division at the McDonald’s Junior Series Lost Creek Golf Club Open in late June.
“We have a nice core coming back from last year’s state team; and we have three sophomores who were on the team last year, plus the younger Mulcahy (Bridgette) is coming up,” Reinicke said. “They’re all playing summer golf, which is good. We just need those players who weren’t in the top five last year to become solid golfers, so we can repeat what we did last year. That’s the ultimate goal.”
St. Henry looks
to make deep run
Junior Ellen Naumann, who won nearly all the girls 16-18 division titles this summer in the Lima Junior Golf Association McDonald’s Series, earning her female player of the year honors, returns for St. Henry which won the Midwest Athletic Conference title and advanced to state last year with one senior in the lineup.
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