New blood played a key role in two teams winning long-awaited division championships in the Greater Cincinnati Women’s Golf Association Fall Team tournament.
The COVID-19 pandemic led to Ivy Hills Country Club doubling its women’s membership role, helping lead to the club’s first-ever Division I championship, team captain Denise Meismer said. The infusion of new talent paid off.
Ivy Hills went undefeated in each of its match play events and piled up 22 points in Week Five at Clovernook Country Club to move up from third place to first and capture the Division I title, 83-76.5, over Oasis Golf Club, the defending division champion. That title comes on the heels of Ivy Hills winning the Division II championship last season and in 2020.
“This has been a big year for us,” Meismer said. “We had never won. I checked with our old fall team captain. We had bounced from Division II to Division I, but I looked at the plaques last week at our end-of-the-season dinner. We’ve been pretty consistent since 2018.
“I think we were as surprised as anybody. Normally, once we get into Division I, we get relegated back to Division II. Division I is a tough crowd.”
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