By Zach Baker
Calvert graduate Heather Steiner made quite a first impression at Lourdes University.
In the season-opening WHAC Jamboree No. 1 in Caledonia, Mich, the former state tournament qualifier not only won the tournament, but set a school record with a 79.
Steiner, who transferred from Findlay, helped the Gray Wolves to a 349 in the event, which put them in fourth place.
The 349 also was a school mark.
Steiner said she was unaware she was close to the school record. She started with a double bogey, and shot a 42 on the course's back nine, which is where she started.
"As the day went on, I did better," Steiner said.
Did she ever. She shot a 37 over her final nine holes, finishing with a 15-foot-par putt to not only set the school record, but secure a one stroke victory over Indiana Tech's Megan Garrison.
"I had to make a 15-foot par putt, but I didn't know it would win the tournament," Steiner said.
Steiner's 37 was the best nine-hole score the former Seneca has recorded. She also made four birdies.
"I've never done that before," she said.
Steiner said the key was her putting. She said the key to continuing to play well will be about her short game.
"I have to work on the short game, but mainly it's focusing on each shot," she said.
Steiner broke teammate Brooke Darah's school mark of 81. Darah shot an 86 at the tournament, while Steiner's sister Haley, also a Calvert grad, shot a 121 in her college debut.
LEGEND AT THE LINKS: Professional Basketball Hall of Famer and Ohio State legend Jerry Lucas will be playing in a golf tournament Sunday at Seneca Hills that will be a fundraiser for the Heidelberg men's basketball program.
The tournament, which begins at noon, will be played in by players, alumni and family members.
Heidelberg coach Anthony Gholson spoke with Lucas at the state basketball tournament last March.
While Lucas will meet with the players, he's not coming as a guest speaker.
"I think it will be a good thing, he's just gonna be a golfer in the tournament," Gholson said.
INDUCTED: Heidelberg baseball coach and athletic director Matt Palm was inducted into Smithville High School's All-Sports Hall of Fame.
Palm, who graduated in 1991, received a total of 10 varsity letters while competing in golf, basketball, and baseball at the school.
While he went on to a distinguished baseball career at the University of Wooster, Palm is the third leading scorer in Smithville basketball history.