BOWLING GREEN — Ashland girls golf coach Tom Marquette couldn’t have scripted it any better.
Klaira Paramore fired a 76 and the Arrows won the district title for a third straight year Tuesday at Stone Ridge Golf Club.
Ashland shot a 332, 10 strokes ahead of runner-up Toledo Notre Dame Academy (342). The Arrows and Notre Dame earned the two automatic state bids up for grabs.
Lexington finished fourth with a 360. Lady Lex senior Mandy Ruminski nabbed the second and final individual state berth in dramatic fashion, winning a playoff with Napoleon’s Riley Kleck. Ruminski and Kleck shot matching 75s.
As for Ashland, the Arrows are headed to state for the seventh time in program history and fourth straight year.
“If I could have laid out a game plan and asked the girls to go execute it, that’s exactly what they did,” said Marquette. “I couldn’t be happier for the entire team.”
Senior Kira Moore backed Paramore with a 79 while Sarah Anderson carded an 82. Livia Sponsler shot a 95 and Emma Packard had a 96.
Moore, Paramore and Anderson were members of last year’s state-qualifying team.
“These girls have played in some big tournaments and I think that experience helps them this time of year,” Marquette said. “We play a really tough schedule and we play several really demanding courses and I think at this time of year that benefits them.”
As for Lady Lex, Hannah Smith shot an 89 while Alaina Kathrein carded a 91. Alissa Wolfe (105) and Trynity Wolfe (109) rounded it out for Lexington.
The Division I state tournament will be Oct. 23 to 24 at Ohio State’s Gray Course.
“The girls went out and managed their games well and avoided trouble,” Marquette said. “The thing about this team compared to last year is maybe things don’t come as easy for them but they just work so hard and it’s all coming together now.
“Our goal is to be playing our best golf at the end of the year. We’ve got one more change to go out and play even better.”