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Blackhawk Christian golfer Jaycee Bunner follows through on her opening drive of Saturday’s Angola Sectional at Zollner Golf Course. Bunner took medalist honors with a 77.
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Dwenger gets 3rd in row

Saints win sectional; Blackhawk junior earns medalist again

Bishop Dwenger’s Nellie Lee yells “fore!” after hitting a tee shot. Lee shot a 92 to help the Saints win the team title.

– Consistency is sometimes all it takes to be, well, consistent.

Solid rounds helped Bishop Dwenger to team and Blackhawk Christian junior Jaycee Bunner to individual titles Saturday at the Angola Girls Golf Sectional at Zollner.

The Saints won their third straight sectional title with a 369, holding off Leo (374).

“We had some rough patches, and some of the girls didn’t hit it as consistently as they should,” Dwenger’s Katie Giant said. “But with the weather conditions, and it being so windy and stuff I could see there could be some issues. Overall we are happy with things.”

Giant led Dwenger with an 80.

“I hit it pretty consistently,” Giant said. “My putting was off, and the greens were hard to read.”

In addition to the sectional three-peat, the Saints have won three SAC titles in a row.

“It is really big for us, considering we have won it the last two years,” Giant said. “It is continuing our championships, I guess. It looks good for our team.”

Bunner shot a 6-over 77 to win sectional medalist honors for the second straight year.

Last year, she won at Timber Ridge in Bluffton.

“I think I played all right, but I didn’t have any birdies, so I don’t think I did all that well,” Bunner said. “It wasn’t a great day, but it wasn’t terrible. I did enough to make a decent score.

“I don’t think my game is at its best right now. I think I can get it together by next week.”

Also for Dwenger, Nellie Lee had a 92, Amanda Miller 98, Mackenzie Dick 99 and Katherine Hill 113.

Brooke Moser led Leo with an 88.

“We played OK, and we were right in there,” Lions coach Paul Newberg said.

Giant had the second best score of the day and Fremont’s Alivia Behnfeldt (84) third.

The regional will be at Noble Hawk, where Bunner shot a season-best 69 this year.

“I was lucky that day, but I like courses like Noble Hawk,” Bunner said. “I think it will go pretty well.”

Giant likes the Saints’ chances of advancing out of the regional as well.

“With the momentum, I think we have a chance to get through regionals,” she said. “Last year we didn’t, but we need some more practice, with the short game, especially, because that is such a big part of the game. If we all score like we are supposed to, we will be fine.”

The three teams advancing to the regional will be Dwenger, Leo and Angola (387).

Individuals moving on to the regional are Bunner, Behnfeldt, and Northrop’s Stevie Luebbert (89), who beat Fremont’s Raigan Porath (89) in a 1-hole playoff.

gjones@jg.net

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