Last Wednesday at Honeybrook Golf Club, the Mount won the AACA championship for the 19th year in a row.
High school golf, with its widely-spaced participants in an expansive outdoor setting, was relatively unaffected by COVID-19 restrictions last fall. The Mount St. Joseph Academy team also proceeded in a manner similar to previous years, successfully defending its title in the Athletic Association of Catholic Academies and making a strong showing at the PIAA District One tournament.
Once again this fall the Magic are continuing down their traditional path. Last Wednesday at Honeybrook Golf Club, the Mount won the AACA championship for the 19th year in a row.
The top five individual scores are counted toward the team total, and at par-35 Honeybrook the Mounties came in with a score of 210. That put them comfortably ahead of league runner-up Villa Maria, with 250, and third-place Gwynedd Mercy, with 253.
Senior Caroline Gola and junior Gabi Courtney led the way with scores of 40, while senior Nora Blatney scored a 41, freshman Jewel Schaefer had a 44, and junior Emma McGrath had a 45. Blatney and Gola are both graduates of Norwood Fontbonne Academy.
All five were among the 12 AACA All-Stars selected at the championships, along with MSJ senior Allie Petkunas (who scored a 48). Gola and Courtney had the best individual scores of the tournament, along with Gwynedd senior Molly Gregor, who also carded a 40 at Honeybrook.
This week, Mount St. Joe heads off to the two-day individual and team PIAA District One tournament, staged at two different courses near Pottstown, Pa. The results there will determine if the Mount team or any of its players advance to the PIAA state tournaments in mid-October.
Last year, the Mount placed third at Districts and did not move on, but senior Clare Gimpel (another Norwood alum) went through to the individual state tournament, tying for seventh place.