Thursday, September 23, 2021

Blue Devils win third straight sectional title

Independence kicked off the postseason on Tuesday by winning its third straight Division II sectional title at Punderson Golf Course.

The Blue Devils, the defending Division II state runners-up, carded a 347, 15 strokes better than second place Laurel.

Quick, affordable & certified cell phone repair service at your door. Schedule now!“We were seven shots better than last year, which is good considering how hot it was,” said Independence coach Karl Schuld. “We’ll take it.”

Senior Sophia Trombetta, a Michigan commitment, also won her third straight individual title with a 76. She shot a 37 on the front but finished the back with a 39.

“She bogeyed the first three holes then held it together the rest of the way,” Schuld said. “I don’t think she felt as comfortable today as maybe she has in the past, but that’s how good she is, she can be a little off and still be an amazing golfer. It’s such a pleasure to watch her compete.”

Senior Lyndsay Blum was second overall with an 81.

“Lyndsay had a very solid score,” Schuld said. “A couple doubles on the back cost her but other than that, she golfed very solidly.”

Seniors Maddie Harper and Madeline Mindzora finished ninth and 12th overall, respectively. Harper carded a 94 while Mindzora came in with a 96.

“Maddie had a very strong back nine. She started with a 49 then finished with a 45, so that’s really good golf to hold it together and do better on the second nine, which is always what we preach,” Schuld said. “Madeline was golfing extremely well then ran into a tough spot. She had three tough holes in a row.”

The Blue Devils will compete in next week’s Division II district tournament at Tam O’Shanter Golf Club in Canton with their eyes on returning to state the following week.

“When we can get people in their range we’re very difficult to beat,” Schuld said. “We’re getting closer and closer, but we’re running out of time. If we can get people a couple strokes better we can get in that 340 range as a team.”

Sophomore Emma McGreal also competed for the Blue Devils. She finished with a 112.

 

Steve Harehttp://www.ohiovarsity.com
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes OhioVarsity.com, an online publication dedicated to providing hyperlocal coverage to area high school athletic programs. Hare began covering high school sports for the Lake County News Herald in 1997. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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