New Albany Founders Day


New Albany Founders Day
Linda Honaker


Team Won Division I State Championship

New Albany, OH: New Albany Founders Day is pleased to recognized the 2019 New Albany High School Girls Golf Team, featuring team members Kary Hollenbaugh, Anna Ritter, Madison Spiess, Anna Coccia, Gwynnie Lee, and Shannan Ireland, and coach Rich Ritter. The team won the 2019 OCC Championship, Division 1 Central District Championship, and the OHSAA Division 1 State Championship.

They finished their season with an extraordinary 229-0 record, making this their 2nd consecutive undefeated season for girls golf at New Albany High School with a combined 416-0 record in the last two years. Madison Spiess shot a school record score of 65 (-7) at Yankee Trace, and the team set a Sectional Tournament record of 286 (-2) at Blacklick Woods Golf Course.

Anna Ritter won the OHSAA Individual State Championship, the first golfer in NAHS history to do so, with a tournament total of 138 (-2) and was joined on 1st Team All-Ohio by Madison Spiess 142 (+2) and Kary Hollenbaugh 143 (+3) marking the first time that 3 players from the same school achieved the honor during a single season.

The team beat their own state single day record on consecutive days setting the new mark of 282 and improving their own state two day scoring record by 21 strokes with a tournament total of 571 to claim their 2nd consecutive OHSAA Division 1 State Championship by a record margin of 43 strokes at the Ohio State Golf Club Gray Course.

About New Albany Founders Day:

Founders Day has been celebrating New Albany and Plain Township’s history at its annual festival each year since 1976. The parade and festival welcome about 7,000 people each year and in 2020 it is moving to Rose Run Park. Founders Day is Saturday, May 16, 2020. The parade begins at 11:00 AM and the festival begins at 12:00 AM. A special dedication ceremony for Rose Run Park will take place at 10:30 AM. Please contact for further information or visit our website at


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