By Susan Jenior | Correspondent
The Kent Roosevelt girls golf team achieved one of five goals they set for themselves this year, winning the tournament they host.
Demolishing their previous tournament record by 20 strokes, the girls fired a team score of 320 and placed three girls on the All-Tournament team and earning the top spot in only their third year as a team.
Kasey Nielsen, a junior, fired a 2-under 70 to tie her lowest round of her competitive career.
Kent Roosevelt also placed Kelly Nielsen (5-over 77) and Kory Nielsen (78) on the All-Tournament team and was the only team of both flights -- morning and afternoon -- to have all six girls finish with 18-hole rounds under 100.
THE AFTERNOON FLIGHT
Schools with quality golf programs made their way to The Fairways at Twin Lakes in Kent for the annual Lady Rough Rider Invitational.
In the afternoon flight were regular powerhouse teams, including Magnificat, Hawken and Hathaway Brown.
Kent Roosevelt made the turn at 30-over par.
Bryan Harvey, coach of the Rough Riders, knew his team had to pick it up if they wanted to win the event.
Pick it up they did.
Kasey Nielsen, tournament medalist, improved four strokes from the first nine to the second, finishing her second nine with a 3-under 33 despite a bogey on the final hole.
With that score, Kasey obviously was not having any problems, but offered that her putting was solid.
"I have confidence in my putting this season," said Kasey.
For coach Harvey, it was a pleasant open for his standout.
"Kasey has had a strong start to the season," said Harvey.
But it just wasn't Kasey who came on strong. Coreena Wise improved 12
strokes from the front nine to the back nine, Kelly Nielsen improved three strokes and Jocelyn Kohl bested her first nine by three strokes.
"I am so proud of these girls," said Harvey.
The Nielsen sisters followed a theme of the afternoon flight.
Kasey, Kelly (77) and Kory (78) were each named to the All-Tournament team as were sisters Katlyn Shutt (75) and Courtney Shutt (76) of Dover.
Also making the All-Tournament team were Kelly Poe of Kenston and Olivia Jereb of Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin.
In total, Kent Roosevelt's team score topped runner-up Green by 25 strokes.
"We talked about our goals at the beginning of the season," said Harvey. "Winning this tournament was our first goal."
Aurora was also in the afternoon flight, and the Greenmen were led by Asia Lerner, who fired a round of 91 followed by Natalia Nelson's 94.
THE MORNING FLIGHT
In the morning flight, a dozen teams teed off seeking the championship.
When the final score had been counted, the B team from Medina Highland earned the championship with a score of 366.
Medalist in the morning was Alice Ho of Wadsworth, who fired an even-par 72, with Madison Butler of Highland named the runner-up medalist after carding a 79.
Copley (379) was the morning's runner-up team.
Both Tallmadge and Stow also competed in the morning session
Leading their respective teams were Taylor Griffith of Stow, who fired a 101, while Kelsey Rice of Tallmadge shot a 96.