Piqua girls win GWOC North title


Rob Kiser/Call Photo Piqua’s Kelsey Bachman hits a putt from just off the fifth green at Beechwood Golf Wednesday, shortly before play was suspended.


Rob Kiser/Call Photo Piqua’s Derek Jennings chips onto the eighth green at Beechwood Golf Course Thursday during the GWOC tournament.


Rob Kiser/Call Photo Piqua’s Brennan Hicks watches his par putt go in the hole on the eighth green at Beechwood Golf Course Thursday during the GWOC tournamet.


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ARCANUM — Sometimes, bad weather is a good thing — as the Piqua girls golf team learned Wednesday.

When the GWOC girls postseason golf tournament was cancelled Wednesday due to weather — with just five holes completed — it meant the pre-season GWOC tournament would determine the league champion.

Which meant a Piqua program that didn’t have a full team until two years ago had won its first GWOC North title — or league championship of any kind.

The team — coached by Cathy Barhorst — had played well all season.

The Lady Indians — comprised of Kelsey Bachman, Korren Evans, Macy Pruitt, Skylar Sloan, Anna Klopfenstein, Adde Honeycutt, Sophie Hilleary and Regan Branson — had an 11.5 record, beating Troy and Vandalia-Butler during the season and splitting with Greenville.

Bachman was second in the North with an average of 48.47 for nine holes, while Evans and Pruitt both averaged under 55 for nine holes.

In the pre-GWOC tournament that determined the league title, Piqua was eighth overall and led the GWOC North with a 445 total.

Piqua scores were Bachman 102, Pruitt 108, Evans 117, Klopfenstein 118, Sloan 126 and Honeycutt 129.

Tippecanoe finished second, just two strokes behind the Indians with a 447 total.

Greenville was third with 476, Vandalia was fourth with 484 and Troy was fifth with 493.

BOYS

The Piqua boys played in the GWOC tournament Thursday at Beechwood Golf Course.

Piqua shot 385 to finish fifth among GWOC North teams and 14th overall.

The Indians won a fifth-man tiebreaker with Greenville.

Derek Jennings led Piqua with and 87 and Kody Poling shot an 88.

Other Piqua scores were Jon Irvin 105, Spencer Lavey 105, Brennan Hicks 106 and Gavin Strevell 112.

Rob Kiser/Call Photo Piqua’s Kelsey Bachman hits a putt from just off the fifth green at Beechwood Golf Wednesday, shortly before play was suspended.
http://dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_kelseybachman-1.jpgRob Kiser/Call Photo Piqua’s Kelsey Bachman hits a putt from just off the fifth green at Beechwood Golf Wednesday, shortly before play was suspended.

Rob Kiser/Call Photo Piqua’s Derek Jennings chips onto the eighth green at Beechwood Golf Course Thursday during the GWOC tournament.
http://dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_derekjennings-2.jpgRob Kiser/Call Photo Piqua’s Derek Jennings chips onto the eighth green at Beechwood Golf Course Thursday during the GWOC tournament.

Rob Kiser/Call Photo Piqua’s Brennan Hicks watches his par putt go in the hole on the eighth green at Beechwood Golf Course Thursday during the GWOC tournamet.
http://dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_brennanhicks3.jpgRob Kiser/Call Photo Piqua’s Brennan Hicks watches his par putt go in the hole on the eighth green at Beechwood Golf Course Thursday during the GWOC tournamet.
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