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Tallmadge girls golf team led by new coach

Published: August 10, 2014 12:00 AM

Staff report

It will be a change of scenery for the Tallmadge girls golf team this year.

For starters, the Lady Blue Devils have a new head coach.

Nicole Kulasa takes over for Emily Harrington, who resigned after last year. Kulasa is an Amherst Steel High School graduate and a 2012 graduate Walsh University in North Canton. She played golf all four years in high school and college.

Tallmadge, which lost 214-273 decision to Aurora in its season debut, also lost three seniors from last year. The most noteworthy was Kelsey Rice, who was the team's top player throughout her career.

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Also graduating were Kirsten Lightel and Brandy Wakefield.

Last year, the Lady Blue Devils finished 3-10 overall and 13th at Division I sectional play. Tallmadge also finished eighth in the Suburban League.

The Lady Blue Devils' lone returning player is senior Taylor Spataro, who had a scoring average of 54 per nine holes.

Other team members are senior Brooke Collins; juniors Rachel McNulty and Selene Zorica; sophomore Rachel Queer and freshmen Simmie Zoricas and Kristina Beckwith.

"We just want to improve each week," Kulasa said. "A win would be great but to become competitive in every match is our main goal in building a strong team for the future. We want to show growth and development as a team and as individual players.

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"We want to be competitive in every match but continue to build a foundation for a strong team for the future."

In the Aug. 7 match, Aurora's Asia Lerner earned medalist honors with a 49.

Spataro led Tallmadge with a 59. Rounding out the top four for the Lady Bue Devils were McNulty (70), Zorica (71) and Collins (73).

Tallmadge is set to play at the Lady Rough Rider Invitational Aug. 9 at the Fairways of Twin Lakes in Kent. Results of those matches were not available at press time.

The Lady Blue Devils are scheduled to compete at the Suburban Preseason Tournament Aug. 11 at Barberton Brookside Country Club. Play is set to begin at 8:30 a.m.

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