Moua becomes Cocalico’s first female L-L golf champ

By on September 26, 2018
Cocalico sophomore Ammala Moua captured the L-L League girls championship Monday at Conestoga Country Club with a winning score of 81. Photo by Missi Mortimer

Cocalico sophomore Ammala Moua captured the L-L League girls championship Monday at Conestoga Country Club with a winning score of 81. Photo by Missi Mortimer

Cocalico’s Ammala Moua became the Eagles’ first female league champion Monday afternoon at Conestoga Country Club.

The sophomore won the Lancaster-Lebanon League Golf Tournament by firing an eight-over-par 81 on the par 73 women’s course. Moua edged defending champion Ellen Wager of Manheim Township by one stroke to win the title.

“I was in total shock,” admitted Moua Tuesday afternoon in an interview at Cocalico High School. “I didn’t expect to win going in. I just wanted to play my best and advance to Districts.”

The win does qualify Moua for the District Three Tournament, October 5-6 at Briarwood Golf Course in York. She’ll be joined in the D-3 Tourney by junior teammate Ian Martin (88 Monday at L-L) and Ephrata freshman Jeet Patel, who advanced with an 87.

“I was very intimidated with her,” agreed Moua, when asked if this was an upset. “She’s the number one golfer in Lancaster County. It was different for me. She put up a great fight toward the end. I have to give her that.”

Playing in the same group as Wager, Moua had a three shot lead coming down the stretch.

“Our scores were getting closer,” explained Moua. “I tried not to let my emotions kick in and try to do something I shouldn’t. I just played it safe. It went well (she laughs).”

There were plenty of course and weather challenges during Monday’s play.

“It was really soggy,” said Moua. “They let us have winter rules. In the fairway, you were allowed to mark your ball, pick it up, clean it off and place it back within one club length, no closer to the hole.”

This was already a move up from last year’s freshman postseason for Moua. She was fourth at the L-L’s at Honeybrook Golf Course with an 88 in 2017. At Districts she was sixth (76-84) at Briarwood West. At the East Regional, she was tied for 16th with a 93 at Golden Oaks G.C., ending her season.

“Last year I didn’t make (States),” added Moua. “I missed the cut by five strokes. This year, my main goal is to make it to States and see how it is. Next year, to work up to it again. As a golfer, you just want to do better than you did before. That’s what I want to do this year.”

Moua also admits that the fact that she is the L-L League Champion hasn’t sunk in yet.

“I’ve gotten a lot of congratulations today,” she said. “This is such a new feeling. I don’t know how to describe it. Being the first girl (at Cocalico to win it), that’s probably the most amazing feeling.”

Though only a sophomore, Moua has a best-ever round of 73 on her home course (Fox Chase). She also scored her first hole-in-one at “Fox,” acing the par three third hole with an eight iron.

“That hole-in-one was the coolest thing,” she said.

Who helped her in this rise to the top?

“I was three years old when I started. I was following my dad,” explained Moua. “He taught me the game, actually. He and Chip (Kappesser, Cocalico head coach) helped me through my whole journey of golf.”

And where does her passion for the game come from?

“I love the feel of it,” said Moua. “I love the excitement. You do shots you didn’t think you could. It’s like watching Tiger (Woods). I was happy for him to win. His first win in five years. Tiger was kind of like the underdog. That’s what I felt like.”

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