Hawken Girls Win School’s First State Golf Title

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GATES MILLS, OH -- Hawken Upper School has won over 30 state titles in school history, but over the weekend, they accomplished a rare feat: a first in school history.

When you think of Hawken Upper School and athletics, you immediately think of their swim teams, which have won 25 state titles.

But there is a new sport suddenly stealing the spotlight.

"People really do think of Hawken swimming as the main thing, but now, hopefully people will see Hawken as a really well-rounded place where you can excel in various sports, but also academics," said Victoria Chardiet, a Hawken junior.

Over the weekend, the Hawken girls golf team was competing in the Division II state golf tournament in Columbus. On day one of the two day tournament, the Hawks shot a team score of 339, five shots back of the lead.

"I think if we weren't five shots behind, we'd probably be too confident or nervous," said Junior Haley Newman.

Day two was a different story. Hawken shot a team score of 329, led by sophomore Isabella Joseph, who shot an individual score of 78.

"Following my round of 78 on the second day, I was pretty confident, because it was the best score I had through my high school season," Joseph said. "I knew I had the tools needed to shoot another low round."

The last two years, the Hawks finished 5th and 4th place respectively in the state tournament. They were looking for a bigger prize this time around.

"We gained a lot of confidence and experience that helped us prepare for this year's state," said senior Meredith Cohen.

"I knew we had a real shot at being on top and waiting for about 30 minutes for the other teams to come in and get their scores posted felt like two hours," said coach Debby Horowitz.

The results were in and Hawken won its first girls state golf title in school history. They won by 11 strokes.

"It was just an added bonus that we won by 11 strokes. We played our hearts out," said senior Ali Gole.

Not bad for a school that has only been competing in girls golf since 2004.