|Borden’s MaKenzie Smith punches ticket to state finals|
By Dennis Dunn
A couple of area girls’ golf teams and individuals made their way to the IHSAA golf regional at Country Oaks Golf Course in Washington on Saturday, Sept. 24.
The lone representative from Borden, MaKenzie Smith made her way out of the regional with a 5-over par 77 and will play at the state. She was one of five individuals to advance without the help of a team score. Smith struggled with a 5-over on the front nine, but on the back nine she shot an even par 36. Silver Creek’s Liv Schmidt failed to qualify as she shot a 46 and 45 for a 91 to finish her season. Also, Salem’s Loralee Potter had her season end with a 50 and 51 for a 101.
Smith said when the season started making state was her goal.
“I knew at the beginning of this season that my number one goal was to make it to state my senior year,” she said. “I have never wanted anything more in my life than to advance to the state finals. I knew that I was more than capable of doing that, so that’s what I’ve been working towards all year. I’ve never worked harder than I have this year.”
Evansville North’s Hadley Walts and Evansville Mater Dei’s Sophie Rohleder tied for medalist with an even par 72.
Smith finished her round at the regional competition and then had to play the waiting game to make sure her score was good enough to get out.
“It was definitely the longest wait of my life,” she said. “We waited for about three hours to see all of the final results. At one point my dad came up to me and told me my coach was going to take me back to the range to hit, he thought I was going to have to go into a playoff hole for the final spot for the state finals.
“At that point I was so nervous I thought I was going to throw up. The next thing I knew was my dad ran up to me with tears in his eyes and he said ‘you did it, you made it to state!’ and I just lost it. My parents and my coaches were hugging me and I couldn’t stop crying. All my hard work had finally paid off, I did it!”
Smith said heading into the regional round she didn’t set her mind on a particular score, but instead wanted to make sure that she just did her best on every hole.
“I didn’t really set a specific number to shoot for regional,” she said. “I knew that I wanted to go out and shoot my best and give it my all, and I did. I tried to keep myself calm and keep the nerves to a minimum. I knew that in order to play my best that day I had to keep my focus the whole round. I lost it for a few holes, but thankfully I got it back on the last hole and finished with a birdie.”
At the state finals in Carmel, Smith is taking the same approach as she did in regionals. She said she has three goals heading into the 36-hole event.
“I want to make sure that I have fun, knowing it’s my last high school golf round,” Smith said. “But I also still want to give it my all. I would love to finish well in state and to shoot another personal best. So that’s my goal. To have fun, but to keep my focus for the whole round both days. I don’t want to lose my focus like I have in sectional and regional. I want it to be another solid round.”
As for the team tourney, Floyd Central finished eighth with a 349 and North Harrison was 14th with a 380. Evansville North won the team title with a 296, followed by Evansville Memorial with a 311 and Evansville Mater Dei was the third and final team to advance with a 319. Bedford North Lawrence just missed by three strokes to place fourth.
As for the Highlanders, Sydney LaDuke was low with a 36 and 42 for a 78. Lauren Decker was next with a 40 and 41 for an 81, while Morgan Spanapouias fired a 47 and 48 for a 95 and Jillian Moorefield rounded out the scoring with a 49 and 46 for an 85. Emma Hausz was the fifth player and shot rounds of 50 and 47 for a 97.
Hallie Hinton was low for North Harrison who shot and 41 and 43 for an 84. Cassidy Thompson was next with a 44 and 45 for an 89. Their next three golfers Sophie Jacobi (100), Katie Alexander (107) and Marie Meyer (131) scored in the 100’s.
The top three teams and top five individuals advancing without a team will begin play in the IHSAA state match at Prairie View Golf Club in Carmel on Friday, Sept. 30 at 8:30 a.m. and the second day will be Saturday, Oct. 1 at 8:30 a.m.
Teams: Evansville North 296, Evansville Memorial 311, Evansville Mater Dei 319, Bedford North Lawrence 322, Vincennes Rivet 334, Martinsville 342, Jasper 345, Floyd Central 349, Gibson Southern 351, Bloomington North 352, Vincennes Lincoln 361, Pike Central 376, Brownstown Central 379, North Harrison 380, Bloomington South 391, New Albany 399, Seymour 405, South Spencer 414
Individual: Hadley Walts (EN) 72, Sophie Rohleder (EMD) 72, Grace Waggoner (VR) 73, Brittany Skinner (EN) 73, Lauren Guiao (EM) 73, Bailee Gilmore (BNL) 73
Individuals advancing without a team: Waggoner (VR) 73, Gilmore (BNL) 73, Kenzie Whitten (GS) 74, Emma Bawinkel (Brown County) 77, MaKenzie Smith (Borden) 77
Floyd Central: Sydney LaDuke 78, Lauren Decker 81, Morgan Spanapouias 95, Jillian Moorefield 95, Emma Hausz 97
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 September 2016 14:40|