Claiming the top two positions in the conference tournament, the Hillsboro girls golf team captured the inaugural Frontier Athletic Conference championship Saturday at the Franklin Valley Golf Course in Jackson.
Hillsboro’s Kristin Jamieson was named FAC Player of the Year. She was the tournament medalist with a 34. The tournament runner-up was teammate Emily Loudin, who carded a 43 and was named all-conference for the fourth consecutive year. Hillsboro’s Larkyn Parry was also named first-team all-conference. She shot a 56 at the tournament.
Team scores were Hillsboro 190, McClain 203, Miami Trace 235 and Jackson 239.
“We did not play as well as I would have liked, but it was good enough to get the job done,” Hillsboro coach Dave Hilliard said. “Our first goal for the season was to win the FAC, so check that one off the list.
“Kristin has not shot a nine-hole score in the 40s since the back nine of the first tournament of the year. Since then everything has been in the 30s. An impressive feat. Emily Loudin has now made first-team all-league all four years of high school – first three in the South Central Ohio League and this one in the FAC. Another amazing accomplishment. Larkyn Parry has continued to grow. She won the most improved award last year for our team and now has made first-team all-league. Very happy for her.”
Three McClain girls also claimed all-conference honors for the tournament and conference runner-up Lady Tigers. They are Bryn Karnes, who shot a 45 at the tournament, Kendall Pollard, who shot a 52, and Elissa Grate, who shot a 56.
Other McClain scores at the tournament were Erika Martin with a 50 (she was one point behind Parry in qualifying for the last all-conference spot), Bri Weller 57 and Cassidy Willis 57.
Other scores for Hillsboro were Abby Myers 57, Maddi Stratton 58 and Mallory Parsons 59.
Just one player that was not from Hillsboro or McClain was named all-conference. That was Jackson’s Kyleigh Phillips who shot a 52 at the tournament.
The final regular season FAC girls golf standings were Hillsboro 9-0, McClain 6-3, Jackson 2-7 and Miami Trace 1-8.
“Great kids, great season,” Hilliard said. “Our next goal is to win the sectional tournament.”
That will be played Oct. 2 at the Pickaway Golf Course. Five teams will be playing there – Hillsboro, Logan, Sheridan, Miami Trace and Jackson – with the top three teams advancing to the district tournament on Oct. 9 in Zanesville.