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Ladies of the links: Mullarkey, Pfeiffer, Liu are finalists for Chronicle's Girls Golfer of the Year

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By J.M. Soracchi

Frankly, girls golf was very up-and-down in 2012, with some golfers shooting great rounds one day and losing their feel the next.

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Winning one big event is impressive, but the three girls above were more often than not their team’s aces on the course.

Crystal River junior Maycee Mullarkey, Lecanto junior Chynna Liu and Citrus senior Victoria Pfeiffer each did well often enough to be considered the best the county had to offer, which is the basis for the trio’s selection as finalists for Chronicle Girls Golfer of the Year.

Mullarkey and Pfeiffer were co-winners of the Citrus County Championship, while Liu submitted the lowest rounds of the season for Lecanto and, as a bonus, even made a hole-in-one.

The finalists have standing invitations to the Chronicle sports banquet at the conclusion of the 2012-13 school year, where the winner of the award will be announced.

All-Chronicle girls golf team

Victoria Pfeiffer, Citrus senior
Co-won the Citrus County Championship with an 18-hole round of 99 and paced the Hurricanes during the entire regular season as the team’s No. 1 golfer. Fired a 100 at the District 2A-5 tournament.

Camrin Kersh, Citrus freshman
Shot an 89 at the District 2A-5 tournament to qualify individually for the regional tournament. Her 18-hole round was the best by a female golfer in the county in 2012.

Maycee Mullarkey, Crystal River junior
Shot 98 at the District 1A-8 tournament to help lead the Pirates to their first regional berth in recent memory. Also shot 99 to co-win the Citrus County Championship. Also one of county’s only female golfers to consistently break 50 strokes for nine holes.

Chynna Liu, Lecanto junior
For much of the year, the Panthers upperclassman was the golfer in the county to beat and was the only female to break 40 in a match played in Citrus County this season. During her round of 39 at Citrus Hills, Liu carded a hole-in-one.

Jennifer Hafner, Lecanto junior
Paced the Panthers at the District 2A-5 tournament with a 95, while also coming in fourth at the county meet. Hafner occasionally led Lecanto during nine-hole regular-season matches, as well.

Maddison Polazzo, Lecanto freshman
One of a few females to actually shoot under 50 in a nine-hole round, Polazzo fired a 43 earlier in the year, which was the second-lowest score shot by a female golfer over nine holes in the county.