NORWALK — Wapakoneta Redskins sophomore Shelby Kohler bowed out of the Division I district girls golf tournament held Wednesday at the Eagle Creek Golf Club in Norwalk.
Kohler was the first girls golfer in school history to qualify for the district tournament.
St. Ursula and Ashland advanced to state in the team competition. And individuals from Perrysburg and Notre Dame punched their tickets to state by shooting 83 and 86.
Kohler shot a 51 on the front nine and a 45 on the back for a round of 96 in rainy conditions. There was standing water on several of the greens and course workers had to push water off the greens in between groups of players.
“Shelby did an outstanding job today in the conditions she had to endure,” Wapak coach Dawn West said. “I am so proud of her mental toughness she showed today. She played very solid for the majority of the holes and learned today that to advance to the next level you can’t let down mentally even for one shot.
“This is probably the best she has ever struck her irons and her wedge game was pretty solid, I know there are a few putts she left out there she would like to have back. She was very poised and trusted her game plan the entire day.”
Kohler played the final five holes on the back nine at just 1-over par.
“To finish down the stretch after being rained on for four straight hours at only 1-over par says a lot about her mental and physical toughness. It also showed where her game has come in two short years.
“Shooting a 96 in these conditions was a very positive experience for Shelby to build on for her future. She will continue to be a bright spot for this Wapakoneta girls golf program.”