Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Trombetta wins Laurel Invitational, Blue Devils finish fourth

Independence junior Sophia Trombetta continued her assault on the competition on Monday by winning the 2016 Laurel Invitational at Canterbury Golf Club in Beachwood.

Trombetta shot a 77, a bit off her normal scores but that was to be expected on a course that challenged the best golfers.

“Massillon Jackson shot a 348, which for them probably was the worst they’ve done in probably five years,” said Independence coach Karl Schuld. “I was very pleased with our girls. They fought through that. I just kept telling them it’s the same golf course for everybody.”

Jackson won the team title while Independence finished fourth with a 382.

The course was especially difficult due to the preparations being made for the tour that will be played in September.

“The rough was six inches long in places,” Schuld said. “Our score itself, when you see it, it’s not all that impressive but when you look who we beat and who we came close to, I was very pleased.”

Trombetta was a bit disappointed in her score but managed her way through the course to collect another trophy.

“She wasn’t happy and I can understand that,” Schuld said. “She didn’t putt the ball very well today. She just couldn’t get one to drop. She has such a high understanding of how golf works. She’s able to maneuver herself around a golf course even when she doesn’t have her A-game. She probably was around her A-, which is good enough for Sophia.”

Lyndsay Blum finished with a 95.

“The course was tough but she gutted it out,” Schuld said. “She stuck with her game. Really when it came down to it, when we looked at her scorecard, she had four holes I think she’d like to redo. The rest were really solid. She has played good golf for us. Today was her first round where she was kind of disappointed but when I look at some of the girls at other schools and what they shot it puts it all in perspective.”

Madeline Mindzora shot a respectable 101.

“Good for her, she needed that,” Schuld said. “That’s an outstanding score. She did very well on the par 3. She drove the ball much more consistently today. Considering the toughness of the rough, she played that very well. I think on a normal course, the way she played today, her score would have been in the low 90s.”

Ginger Crist rounded out the scoring for the Blue Devils with a 106.

“Ginger just keeps getting better and better,” Schuld said. “Every time I put her out there she just rises to the occasion. She has played some very good golf for us. Her scores are steadily going down.”

The Blue Devils return to action on Tuesday when they travel to Perry for a dual match at Powderhorn Golf Course.



Steve Hare
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes, 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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