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Lakota West Girls Golf: Sompolvorachai Finishes 10th at Rain Shortened OHSAA State Championship

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Sophomore Natalia Sompolvorachai had to wait a little bit longer to get her shot at the OHSAA State Golf Championships last week due to a rainstorm that blew through Columbus on Friday morning.

DSC_0073eSompolvorachai was actually working on her chipping Friday morning around the practice green when she heard the horn blow out on the course signaling a stoppage of play.  The water was ponding on the greens and the decision was made to cancel all play for Friday and resume on Saturday.  As a result, the OHSAA championship was no longer a 2-day 36 hole tournament and became a one day, 18 hole sprint to the championship on a chilly, blustery day.  Very little room for error on an 18 hole tournament.

Sompolvorachai started a little slow on Saturday firing a 39 including four bogeys on the first nine.  The second nine looked like it could have been worse with back-to-back bogeys on #10 and #11, but Sompolvorachai fought back hitting birdies on the par 3 #13 and #17.  She finished with a 76 (par 70) and a tie for 10th place in the state (2nd team All-State).  It was the top finish by a Firebird girls golfer since Ali Green in 2011 (T4th) and the 5th best finish ever by a Firebird golfer.

“I was kind of glad they shortened it (18 holes) because my practice session was not going very well on Friday morning and I am personally not someone who plays well in the rain.  Although I am happy with my results for the first year at States, I am hoping I can do better next year,” said Sompolvorachai.

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