By Susan Jenior
The annual Lady Rider Invitational, hosted by Kent Roosevelt at its home course, The Fairways at Twin Lakes, featured a morning and an afternoon session filled with some of the top teams in Northeast Ohio.
Aurora finished second behind an always tough Magnificat team as the Riders landed in fifth place.
Roosevelt’s Maddie Kost, earned runner-up medalist honors, carding a solid 73 on the tough course in Kent. Only Dixon Hill, of Hathaway Brown, bested Kost as Hill fired an under-par score of 69.
Aurora’s Gracyn Vidovic tied for third place, turning in a scorecard with a 75.
The popular tourney featured a dozen teams in both the morning and afternoon sessions.
Champion of the afternoon session was Magnificat (325) followed by Aurora (336).
In the morning session, St. Vincent-St. Mary bested the girls from Medina Highland (B) by three strokes (340-343). Laurel’s Siena Maschke led the golfers in the morning session as medalist, carding a 70.
The tournament, one of the first in the golf season, is not only a fun event with golfers now representing their teams after a summer of tournaments where they played as individuals, but it is also a test for teams to measure up against the best teams in Northeast Ohio at the beginning of the prep schedule.
The Aurora Greenmen competed in their first invitational of the season at Trumbull Country Club.
The Greenmen had a solid team effort, earning the runner-up spot behind a tough Canfield team.
The Canfield Black team fired a 310 to Aurora’s 316.
Aurora’s Max Devins earned third place medalist leading Aurora with a 76 followed by his teammate Cannon Brady (77).
It’s tournament week for high-school golfers as Portage County teams compete in events throughout the area.
Today, many of the girls teams in Portage County travel to Chenoweth Golf Club in Akron for the Lady Spartan Invitational.
Rootstown, Garfield, Streetsboro, Southeast and Field will compete against Akron Springfield, the host team, as well as Firestone, Copley and Woodridge.
The annual Karpis Invitational, hosted by Garfield, welcomes boys teams to Sugar Bush Golf Course in Garrettsville.
On Wednesday, the annual Yank Heisler Golf Tournament, hosted by Ravenna High School at Windmill Lakes, will include an opening statement by Jeff Heisler, son of Yank Heisler, welcoming the teams before they tee off.
Portage Sports will be at the Lady Spartan Invitational, the Karpis Invitational and Windmill Lakes-Yank Heisler tournament as well as several matches this week.