MIAMISBURG — Fort Loramie senior Emily Knouff was hoping for her third trip to the state tournament in her four years at the school, but it wasn’t to be Wednesday in the Division 2 Girls District Golf Tournament at Pipestone Golf Course in Miamisburg.
Knouff needed to be on a qualifying team (top three), or be among the top three girls who were not on a qualifying team.
The Lady Redskins came up just shy of qualifying as a team, shooting a 388 to finish in fifth spot. And Knouff came ever-so-close to earning a state berth, finishing fourth overall in the tournament. Unfortunately, none of the top three finishers were on qualifying teams.
Knouff put herself in a tough spot by shooting a 5-over 41 over the first nine holes. She was able to shave only two strokes off on the back nine to finish with an 80, three strokes behind the two girls who finished directly ahead of her and six strokes off the winning score.
“Some days you have it, and most days Emily has it,” said one of her coaches and Shelby Oaks club pro Rob Fridley. “Today, she didn’t have it. We went down Monday and played the course, and we felt all week that it would take a 76 to get out of there. But she started out with a 41 on the front nine, and that’s 5-over.”
Knouff was tied for sixth after the front nine. She shaved two strokes off on the back nine, shooting a 39, but it wasn’t enough.
Meanwhile, Megan Koppin shot a 100 for the Lady Redskins, Amy Eilerman 102 and Riley Middendorf a 106.
At the top of the final district standings were the Versailles Lady Tigers. They shot a 366 to win the district title by seven strokes over Dayton Carroll and Chaminade-Julienne.
It marks the fourth time in the last five years Versailles has qualified as a team for the state tournament. The Lady Tigers finished eighth at state last season.
Leading the Lady Tigers was lone senior Lauren Heitkamp with an 86, which was good enough to tie for 10th place overall.
Junior Lauren Durham shot a 92 to tie for 18th overall, junior Jorja Pothast shot a 93, which put her 23rd, and sophomore Morgan Heitkamp shot a 95, which put her 28th overall.
Versailles will compete in Columbus on the Ohio State Gray Course next weekend (Oct. 14 and 15).
Final team standings — 1. VERSAILLES 366, 2. Carroll 373, 3. Chaminade 373, 4. Alter 380, 5. FORT LORAMIE 388, 6. Kenton Ridge 390, 7. Bellefontaine 398, 8. Middletown Fenwick 400, 9. Arcanum 406, 10. McNicholas 412, 11. Wyoming 420, 12. Clinton Massie 424.