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.
Sompolvorachai 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.