For the third consecutive year, Chaminade Julienne students, faculty and staff crowded the halls to send the women’s golfers off to Columbus. Eagle Pep Band members led the team on the traditional “Walk to State,” triumphantly playing the fight song; however, it was the noise made by the girls’ own play Saturday, October 15 in the Division II tournament that would earn the school its first-ever women’s golf state championship.
The Eagles entered day two of the tournament at Ohio State University’s Gray Course with a ten stroke lead and lots of confidence. CJ finished the regular season with a program-best 24-3 overall record to go along with league, sectional and district titles. That afternoon, the girls capped their quest for a State title by shooting a 710, three strokes better than second place finisher Poland Seminary, to end the 2011 season with a perfect record against non-Division I schools.
There on the 18th green, Scott Pierce, athletic director, gathered with the girls and counted strokes as the Eagles players completed their final individual rounds. When junior Mikaela Hadaway sank her last putt to finish with a two-day total score of 165, Pierce said the CJ hopeful were fairly certain they had secured the championship.
“The girls competed really well individually, but the unity and team spirit they displayed in such an individual sport was fantastic,” he said. “The way the girls support and push one another, in addition to the tremendous support they receive from their family members and the community, has really contributed to the team’s success.”
With the win the team, led by coach George Menker, notched its third top ten finish in the State tournament since 2007—the first year of official competition for a CJ women’s golf team. In that span, the girls have accumulated an overall team record of 97-42, winning nearly 70 percent of all matches.
“To establish the program and to get the team to this level of success speaks first and foremost to the quality of the coach. The one common thread has been George Menker,” Pierce said. Under the tutelage of Menker, eight Eagles golfers have received all conference honors and two have gone on to play NCAA Division I golf since he initiated the program five years ago.
“This is probably the best total team that we’ve ever had,” said Menker. He credits this season’s success to the players’ dedication and hard work during the spring and summer months. Between family vacations, summer jobs, mission trips, and extracurricular activities, CJ women’s golfers worked on their game together in the Student Conditioning Center and at Miami Valley Golf Course to put themselves in a position to win a State title this fall said Menker.
“There are 330 high schools in Ohio with a women’s golf program. We were only one of 12 teams to qualify for State and we ended up being the No. 1 school at the two-day tournament, so that was a great accomplishment,” explained Menker.
“Winning the championship was a great end to the season and it is something that these girls will carry with them for the rest of their lives,” he said.
AN ACCOMPLISHMENT FOR THE AGES
The 2011 women's golfers became the first Eagles golf team to win a state title since 1933, when the men of Chaminade High School were crowned city and state champs. The most recent golf state championship (an individual title) was won in 2008 by Sam Jandel '09, while CJ's most recent state team title came during the 2004-2005 women's basketball season.
SW OHIO - DIVISION II - GIRL'S GOLF ALL STAR TEAM
Diann Bonner, '12
Mikaela Hadaway, '13 - PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Adrianne Marx, '12
Emily Poock, '13
Kaitlyn Cartone, '14
Coach of the Year
George Menker, '55