MASSILLON, Ohio – Senior golfer Iris Shin closed out her season and Pirate career at Tuesday’s Girls’ Division I Northeast District Tournament at the Legends of Massillon Golf Course. [results]
Shin carded a 39-38—77 and missed qualifying for the Ohio Championship Tournament by one stroke. On both nines, the Pirates’ lone district qualifier battled back from early missteps. In a gutty stretch run — in which red numbers were needed to play on in October — Shin went 1-under par over her final four holes.
“Unfortunately, we missed out on the ultimate goal,” said Head Coach Rick Haag, “but I am so proud of Iris.”
Playing the East and South nines at the Legends – a combined par-72 at 6,192 yards – Shin got into trouble early. She bogeyed No. 1 and doubled No. 2, but River’s consistent No. 1 – who had a 2018 stroke average of 77.1 heading into Tuesday – had a rebuttal in store for the rest of the East. Shin rattled off seven straight pars to close out her outward nine with a 39.
Shin bookended a birdie on No. 11 with a bogey on 10 and a double-bogey on No. 12. But again, she would rally. Her fine finish included a seven-foot birdie putt disappearing into the cup on No. 17. But upon posting her second-nine 38 and awaiting other scores, it became apparent her card was one red number shy of the total needed to advance to Columbus.
With the top four teams and top four at-large players advancing, the qualifying score came in at a 76. The teams advancing out of the Northeast District were Massillon Jackson (team score of 317), GlenOak (327), Hoover (338) and Poland Seminary (340). The event’s low medalist was Hoover senior Madison Ardelean, who fired a 2-over 37-37—74 on what was a warm, sunny day in Massillon.
Among those top teams and top players was Rocky River’s Iris Shin. Because that’s where she belonged. Next up for this Northeast District Qualifier? More golf in the Northeast, as a member of the Women’s Golf team at Lehigh University (Pa.).
“Iris has set the bar very high for our program,” said Haag. “Coach Shreve and I and her teammates will miss her, and we wish her all the best as she heads to Lehigh.”
So much the better for Lehigh golf. Especially when the Mountain Hawks are down a couple strokes and need a swashbuckling comeback effort from the likes of a Pirate.
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