By Rob Kiser
Fort Loramie senior Emily Knouff already had a well-deserved reputation as one of the top girls golfers in the state.
She only added to that in the annual Lady Bucc Pink Out scrimmage at Echo Hills Wednesday which raised money for the Spielman Foundation, shattering the tournament record with a eight-under par 65.
And in the typical humble fashion of the lefthander who tied for eighth at the Division II girls state golf tournament last fall, Knouff took it all in stride.
“I really wasn’t thinking about it,” Knouff said about her career low score. “I was just trying to play solid and shoot the best score I could.”
Which came as no surprise to her coach Mike Anthony.
“Emily (Knouff) never looks ahead — one shot at a time,” he said. “She had a great day. You never expect anyone to shoot that low.”
Starting on the 18th hole in the shotgun start, Knouff recorded a par-5 and only got better from there.
Knouff recorded five birdies on the front nine — holes 2, 5, 6, 8 and 9 — to go with her lone bogey on the par-3 third hole. That all added up to a 4-under par 32.
On the par 37 back nine, Knouff caught fire on the 11th hole, going birdie, eagle, birdie, birdie.
After a bogey on the par-3 15th, she finished with two pars for a four-under par 33 on the back nine.
“I hit driver, wedge on 12 and made about an eight-foot putt for eagle,” Knouff said. “I really wasn’t thinking about my score — maybe at the end a little bit.”
Her play helped Loramie to a third-place finish with a 383 total. Kenton Ridge won with 375 and St. Henry was second with 379.
And while only two golfers return among those who finished ahead of Knouff at state last year, she is not thinking about that.
“That (winning the state title) is not one of my goals,” she said. “I just want the team to have as good a season as we can have. If we get to state, great — if not, that is OK. This was a good way to start the season.”
Versailles, a state qualifier in D-II a year ago, led the local teams with a 410 total to finish fifth.
Lauren Dunham led Versailles with an 87 — followed by Jorja Pothast 102, Anna Groff 103, Morgan Barlage 118 and Taylor Martin 130.
“We have only had a couple days of practice, so it is good to see where you are at,” Harmann said. “You would always like to play better. But, two things we will take from today was Lauren Dunham broke 40 for the first time with 39 on the front and Anna Groff had her career low score. We also get a chance to see what we need to work on.”
Piqua had one of its best finishes in the tournament with a 433 total.
The Lady Indians were led by Kelsey Bachman with a 101.
“Kelsey (Bachman) is going to lead us this year,” Piqua coach Cathy Barhorst said. “Her goal was to break 100 and she darn near did it.”
Other Piqua scores were Macey Pruitt 106, Anna Klopfenstein 112, Korren Evans 114, Adde Honeycutt 125 and Skylar Sloan 137.
“It is great for our younger players and to see where we are at,” Barhorst said.
Miami East finished ninth with a 441 total.
The Lady Vikings were led by their two returning lettermen.
Maggie Bergman had a 93 and Emily Rowley with a 110.
Other East scores were Marissa Kearns 112, Paige Lawson 126, Maci Krites 127 and Annelise Logan 146.
“Maggie (Bergman) played well and Emily’s (Rowley) score is a little deceiving because of her last two holes,” Miami East coach Bruce Vanover said. “All the girls are getting lessons at Lakeland. Instead of just worrying about distance at this time of the year, they are working on flighting the ball. I think we are just going to continue to get better.”
Covington was 1oth with a 465 total.
The Lady Buccs were led by Kelsey McReynolds with a 103.
Other Covington scores were Addison Metz 108, Megan Alexander 124, Noelle Gast 130 and Emily Thompson 142.
“We have a lot of 3-sport athletes who don’t have a lot of chances to play golf in the summer,” Covington coach Adam Sweigart said. “It is always good to play in a tournament like this. It was a beautiful day and the money goes to a great cause.”
Russia finished 12th with a 470 total.
Lady Raider scores included Maddie Borchers 97, Shae Borchers 108, Raven Boerger 115, Klaryssa O’Reilley 150 and Hayley Supinger 155.