CORTLAND - After suffering its only loss of the season last week to Lakeview, after beating the Bulldogs earlier this year, the Hubbard girls golf team got its revenge on Wednesday, winning the All-American Conference, National Division championship at Tamer Win Golf and Country Club.
The Eagles shot 382 as a team to defeat Lakeview by three shots.
"Lakeview has been the toughest (opponent)," said Hubbard coach Al Tribby, who has coached his team to an 11-1 record in dual matches this season. "We beat them by a few shots and they beat us by a few shots. They were very even matches. They're always a tough opponent. It was wonderful. We tied Lakeview during the regular season. We each won against the other. This was the tiebreaker.
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Turf flies as Hubbard’s Gina DePasquale hits her approach shot onto the par 4, No. 2 gree, at Tamer Win. DePasquale was the medialist of the AAC Championship, National Division.
"I think we've played fairly well this season. We haven't really reached our full potential. I think most coaches feel that way. The girls are working really hard and hopefully we get through sectionals and get to districts."
Hubbard senior Gina DePasquale made it a sweep for the Eagles, winning the individual title by shooting an 85 on the par-74 course. She slipped past Lakeview's Kaylee Neumeister, who shot an 86.
"It felt awesome to win," DePasquale said. "It felt really good. It felt good to accomplish so much because we didn't have a good season last year, so everyone was shooting well and played their hardest to win.
"I had a birdie on the 13th on a par 3. After that I felt like I was unstoppable. The weather was real nice so it was good for my game."
Tribby said DePasquale is the leader of the Hubbard team.
"Gina is always very consistent," Tribby said. "Out of 12 dual matches she was medalist nine or 10 times. She was player of the year (in the National Division) last year. She's a very solid player. It's been a pleasure to have her on the team."
The Eagles' other individual scores were Anna Mangan (89), Rawnie Ross (103), Toni Scharsu (105) and Alexis Tribby (106).
"All our players have shot in the 40s at various times," Al Tribby said. "We've been fortunate that we've had a couple tournaments where all five players shot in the 40s, which makes it very easy when that occurs."
On the American Division side, Canfield rolled to the team title with a 347 to beat Poland by 30 shots. Individually, the Bulldogs' Melinda Hannon shot 83 to take medalist homors, with Canfield's Christina Cooper second with an 85.
Both DePasquale and Tribby feel Hubbard can advance past its sectional, which will be played Wednesday at Pine Lakes Golf Course.
"I'm hopefully and cautiously optimistic," Tribby said. "If the girls play well we can advance. I think we're playing decent. Golf is a very funny game. You never want to jinx yourself and say you're playing great. The golfing gods will smack you on the side of the head. We'll be practicing tomorrow. The harder you practice the better you get."
"Our season has been really good this year," DePasquale said. "We're 11-1 and our only loss was to Lakeview but we beat them at this tournament so we felt really accomplished.
"I feel like we have a good chance to make it out of sectionals and go to districts. Everybody wants it and we missed going to districts by three strokes last year and everyone was really disappointed. I went as an individual and I told them how fun it was so they really want to go."