By Susan Jenior
League play is competing in their final rounds across Portage County as awards are presented and winners announced.
The first league to award the champions trophy was the Randolph Golf League at Paradise Lake Golf Club in Suffield.
The league came to an exciting climax Wednesday night when the championship was decided on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff at Paradise Lake.
The team of Mike Schuck and Tom Nellis walked away with the Lee Harris Memorial trophy when Nellis dropped a 10-foot putt for the victory. The 18-hole championship match played on consecutive Wednesdays ended in a 44-44 deadlock against the team of Doug Jenior and Paul Beach.
The title was a first for both Schuck and Nellis. Schuck was playing in his fourth straight year of playoffs in only his fifth year as a member of the league. Nellis has been in the league for 11 years.
The Randolph League, which randomly draws for partners each year, has been playing for 44 years. Jenior is a charter member of the league and was a member of the championship team the first year (1979).
The four-team playoffs saw Schuck and Nellis eliminate the team of Roy Richards and Alan Hanlin in the semifinal round. Jenior and Beach topped Bruce Kuzma and Mike Briggs in their nine-hole semi.
Morgan Bauza, of Kent, is in her second year as a member of the Niagara University Purple Eagles Division I golf team in New York.
Bauza, an alumnus of Kent Roosevelt Rough Riders’ golf team, earned second team all-league honors while competing in the Suburban League for Roosevelt in both her junior and senior seasons.
Bauza was a member of the state-qualifying Riders team her senior season.
While at Niagara, her freshman season, she earned her best finish at the Outer Banks Intercollegiate, placing in 25th place and recorded a season-low 97 for 18-holes at the Youngstown State University kickoff tournament.
This season, at the YSU kickoff, Bauza shot her career-low 86 during the second round. At the A-Ga Ming Invitational in Kewadin, MI, Bauza finished with a 276 tourney total averaging 92 strokes per round.
Bauza and former high-school teammate Sydnie Leavery both signed Division I Letters of Intent and are both in their second season competing at their respective schools.
Next week, Sydnie Leavery, competing for LaSalle University (Philadelphia, Pa.) will be profiled.
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