CIRCLEVILLE - Through 18 holes, Emily Blaner was in the running for a trip to the OHSAA Division II Girls State Golf Tournament. But in the end, she came up just a bit short.
The junior at Beaver Local carded an 85 on the Par 72 Pickaway Country Club course - site of the Div. II Districts, ending 4 strokes from teeing off next week at Scarlet and Gray Course on the campus of Ohio State.
According to her coach, Ed Kurylak, she played 1-over golf for 14 holes.
"And then she made a couple bad decisions and had a couple bad breaks and that ended up costing her a trip to the state," he said. "It was an emotional end to a long season, but she quickly shifted gears and she was talking about her next golf lesson and her winter plans.
"If you know Emily, you know she's a very determined and self-motivated young kid. I hope she's able to put it all together next time around, and there's a good bet she will."
Shelby Thompson of Claymont was medalist with a 1-under 71, while Taylor Saxson of Logan Elementary was runner-up with a 73.
Blaner had a 43 on the front 9 and followed that with a 42 on the back for her 85, finishing 8th in a field of 78 girls.
The top three teams and the top three individuals not on qualifying teams advanced to the state tournament.
Annie Miller of Wellington (76), Chole Bladburn of Columbus Academy (77) and Faithe Carr of Centersburg (81) qualified as individuals.