The Fremont Ross girls golf team has come a long way in the last three years. And that was personified Wednesday by senior Mekhia Williams.
Williams had little to no golf experience when she joined the team three years ago. Now a senior and one of the team’s most experienced players, Williams turned in a career day, scoring a pair of birdies on her way to a low score of 46.
“She had an awesome round today,” coach Nicole Kulasa said. “Her approach shots were really great onto the green and her putting was good and putting her into good position. Her chipping was very good. With those three things combined, that’s what’s really brought her scores down.”
Seeing how far Williams – and the program as a whole – has come in three years, made for a memorable not just for Williams, but for Kulasa as well.
“It was awesome. It’s a huge accomplishment for her, I’m super proud of her,” Kulasa said. “From where she started to where she is now, she’s come a long way, breaking 50 this early in the season is fantastic, especially at Maumee bay which is a tough track.
Williams wasn’t the only Lady Giant to have a good day. Ross defeated Genoa soundly, 208-288. Alana Smith shot a 48 while Shelby Level scored 51 and Brooke Baptista rounded out the scoring with a 64.
With Williams’ career day, she, along with Smith and Level have all broken 50 this season while the Lady Giants continue to stalk their first sub-200 round as a team. Given the improvement she’s seen from her veterans and newcomers combined, Kulasa believes that round under 200 is on its way.
“This team is capable,” she said. “In practices this team is there to get better, and this is the first time that you’re truly seeing that in practice. We have fun, but they’re working hard.”
Little Giants have a solid day in loss
Facing a championship-caliber program on a difficult course, Ross boys golf coach Jim Scharer kept his expectations modest. But his Little Giants surprised him.
While Ross lost to Perrysburg 161-206, Scharer had few complaints, calling Belmont Country Club “the best and toughest course we see all year” against a team that went to the state meet a year ago.
Mason Durnwald led Ross with a 48 while Easton Silva followed with a 50. John Mapus added a score of 52 with Gabe Ontiveros carding a 56.
“It was a good night for the three freshmen,” Scharer said. “Considering just two days ago we shot 205 at the Fremont Country Club, this performance exceeded my expectations.”