FORT WAYNE – East Noble senior Katie Sharp may not have won the IHSAA girls golf state championship, but she cemented her status as one of the greatest players to come from northeast Indiana.
She took second place in this years finals, shooting a final-round 3-under 69 Saturday and finishing with a two-day total of 5-under 139, two strokes back of Chestertons Kelly Grassel.
Sharp became only the third area player with multiple finishes in the top two. Warsaws Emily Johnson won in 2003 and 2006, and Leos Amber Sieber, formerly Amstutz, was the runner-up in 1994 and 1995.
Sharp finished second in 2010 and also placed fifth in 2009 and 11th last year.
Well, there is disappointment that I didnt get first place, Sharp said in a phone interview, but I played the best that I could today. Im walking away from today and Im feeling excited for my next four years at college (playing for Michigan State).
Sharp will be a college teammate with Grassel, who won back-to-back titles and set the 36-hole tournament record with her 137 at The Legends of Indiana in Franklin.
Weve grown up playing golf together and were good friends, Sharp said of Grassel, who shot a 4-under 32 on the second nine to overtake Sharp, who was already in the clubhouse as the leader.
I played the best I could today. I did my best on every shot. And Kelly played great. She deserved to win if she can birdie three of the last six holes, like she did. She made quite a comeback.
Grassel led Chesterton to a seventh-place finish with a total of 93-over 669, which was 44 strokes back of champion Yorktown.
There were no teams participating from northeast Indiana. The only other individual, Concordias Melissa Greener, had a first-round 86 and was disqualified Saturday for signing an incorrect scorecard after a 90, Cadets coach Kyle Calloway said.
Sharp had four birdies and two bogeys Saturday, nine birdies and four bogeys in the tournament and shot her personal best at The Legends.
Actually everything was working quite well, Sharp said. My full swing was better than it had been in that tournament and my putting, I liked the way things were going tee to green. I didnt miss many greens (in regulation) and, so, I didnt have to chip too much.
Now Sharp will get ready for her collegiate career.
Theres always room to improve on short game and Im pretty sure the coaches up there will help me get better in my weak areas, Sharp said, but based on how I played this week, I would say everything is pretty good with my game.