LEXINGTON — Mandy Ruminski may not have realized it at the time, but the Lexington senior will go down as one of the most accomplished golfers in state history.
The three-time Richland Source Girls Golfer of the Year capped a sensational career with a two-day 151 at the Division I state tournament last month at Ohio State’s Gray Course, good for a tie for sixth place.
Ruminski was a four-year state qualifier, the first two years at Division II Shelby and the last two years at Division I Lexington. She never finished lower than 12th individually (as a freshman at Shelby in 2017) and was sixth or better each of the past three year.
As a sophomore, she carded a 148 to finish third at the Division II tournament and lead Shelby to a second straight runner-up finish. She made the jump to Division I the following year and shot a two-day 144 at state, good for a sixth-place finish.
Her fourth trip to the state tournament may have been the most improbable. She survived a playoff with Napoleon’s Riley Kleck at the Stone Ridge district, carding a birdie on the playoff hole after missing the fairway with her drive. She wound up with a 75, tied for second.
“It was hard to get here from districts, just because of the playoff that I had to go through,” Ruminski said after her final round at the state tournament. “So I think overall, I’m pretty proud of the fact that I’ve been here four years.”
What Lexington coach Michael Kathrein was most proud of was Ruminski’s composure.
“What I found impressive was her demeanor … when she didn’t hit necessarily the best shot,” Kathrein said. “When things weren’t going her way and there was a realization that she wasn’t going to win — because I think that was a realistic goal for her, was to win this — when she realized that wasn’t gonna happen, and still saying focused and finishing very well down the stretch.
"That speaks well of her and it shows the growth from a year ago to this year.”
Ruminski is the centerpiece of a wildly talented All-Richland Source girls golf team. It features three other state qualifiers:
Kira Moore, Ashland: The senior concluded a spectacular four-year varsity career by shooting a two-day 162 at the Division I state tournament, good for a tie for 33rd. A four-year state qualifier, Moore was second at the Sycamore Springs sectional with an 84 and tied for fifth at the Stone Ridge district with a 79.
Nicole Jones, Shelby: The junior tied for 10th at the Division II state tournament with a two-day total of 153. A three-time state qualifier, Jones won the Valley View sectional with a 77 and placed fifth at the Sycamore Springs district with a 78.
Klaira Paramore, Ashland: A junior, Paramore tied for 37th at the Division I state tournament with a two-day total of 164. Paramore was shot an 88 at the Sycamore Springs sectional and 76 at the Stone Ridge district, finishing fourth at both events.
Alaina Kathrein, Lexington: A junior, Kathrein teamed with Ruminski to help Lady Lex qualify for the district tournament at Stone Ridge. The daughter of Lexington coach Michael Kathrein tied for 14th at the Sycamore Springs sectional with a 99 and carded a 91 at Stone Ridge, good for a 16th-place tie.