Lauren Johnson sinks a putt

Lauren Johnson of the Logan Lady Chiefs sinks a putt during a match earlier this season. She and her Logan teammates finished fourth in Monday’s Division I district tournament.

ZANESVILLE — With all but one of their players due to return next fall, the Logan Lady Chiefs hope they have gained enough tournament experience to take the next girls golf step.

Making their third-straight appearance in the combined East/Southeast Division I district tournament, the Lady Chiefs finished fourth out of five teams on a rainy, cool and damp Monday at EagleSticks Golf Club near Zanesville.

New Philadelphia (335) won the district championship and will represent the East/Southeast at the upcoming state tournament. Warren (360) was second, followed by Miami Trace (383), Logan (406) and John Glenn (412).

“Weather conditions weren’t good. The tournament started an hour late and it didn’t stop raining until around 2:30,” said Logan coach Rich Aldridge. “All three years we have played (the district tournament) there we couldn’t play out of the bunkers and had to play lift, clean and place. There was no bounce or roll.

“Kudos to the staff at EagleSticks,” he added. “They had the course as ready as they could, but there wasn’t anything they could do (as the day progressed) due to the rain.”

Logan sophomore Ashley Aldridge had a solid round of 46-40—86 to lead the Lady Chiefs and placed sixth out of 30 district participants. She finished just six strokes behind the tourney medalist, New Philadelphia’s Sydney Devore (80), and just four shots out of the single at-large berth that was available.

“Ashley had a career (18-hole) best round,” her dad revealed. “She shot 118 there last year. She played really well.”

Lauren Johnson shot 50-44—94, Dreena Wiseman 57-52—109, Tessa Luicart 56-61—117 and Grace Johnson 61-60—121 for the Lady Chiefs.

All are underclassmen with the exception of Wiseman, the lone senior.

“Lauren played great despite her back injury. It was tough for her to play in the cold, damp weather all day long,” praised Aldridge. “Dreena has had tonsillitis and played through it.”

Warren’s Hannah Jankauskas shot 40-42—82 to earn the at-large berth.

“We’re all really happy for her,” coach Aldridge said. “We played Warren nine times this season and all of us got to become really, really good friends and help each other when we could.”

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