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  • Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette Dwenger's Sarah Frazier tees off on the 5th hole of Saturday's golf sectional at Zollner Golf Course in Angola, Indiana.

  • Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette Dwenger's Sarah Frazier shoots her ball from the fairway of the 5th hole of Saturday's golf sectional at Zollner Golf Course in Angola, Indiana.

  • Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette DeKalb's Lexy Stuckey hits her ball from the sand on the 4th hole of Saturday's golf sectional at Zollner Golf Course in Angola, Indiana.

  • Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette DeKalb's Bayley Stuckey tees off on the 5th hole of Saturday's golf sectional at Zollner Golf Course in Angola, Indiana.

  • Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette DeKalb's Lexy Stuckey hits her ball from the fairway of the 5th hole of Saturday's golf sectional at Zollner Golf Course in Angola, Indiana.

  • Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette DeKalb's Bayley Stuckey hits her ball out of the sand on the 4th hole of Saturday's golf sectional at Zollner Golf Course in Angola, Indiana.

Saturday, September 16, 2017 8:40 pm

Dwenger takes Angola girls golf sectional

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

The design at Zollner Golf Course, the home of Trine's teams, chock full of undulating fairways, can be challenging enough for high school golfers. Tack on to that the hilly terrain, 85-degree weather and a lot of humidity, and just surviving with a respectable score can become an accomplishment.

Not surprisingly, Bishop Dwenger, which last year finished 15th last year at the state finals, was best able to handle the course, Mother Nature and the opposition to win the Angola Sectional with a 327 on Saturday.

“It wasn’t easy out there,” said Sarah Frazier, who led the Saints with a 4-over 75, the best score of the tournament. “Especially when you’ve already got blisters on your feet, going up the hills wasn’t easy. And the hills definitely made the heat a lot harder.”

Luckily for the Saints, they have a lot of knowledge of Zollner from junior tournaments and past sectionals, including the 2016 victory they secured with a 347.

On Saturday, Brooke Kinder, Taylor Martin and Nicole Hagen all posted 84s, putting the three Saints in a tie for third place.

“That was hard to deal with the weather, especially since it had been so cold, by comparison, lately,” Kinder said. “But we play here, a lot of us do, up here in the summer and that knowledge really helps us.”

DeKalb finished second with a 341, paced by Lexy Stuckey’s 79, but everyone was chasing Frazier, who committed to play collegiately at Dayton after tying for 24th at the 2016 state finals, making her the highest finisher among the area’s returning players. Frazier shot a 1-under 35 on the back nine Saturday to pull away from Stuckey, who had a 40.

“I didn’t play my best,” Frazier said. “I had a few too many three-putts. My ball striking wasn’t as good as it normally is. But overall, my short game was OK enough to make it a decent round.”

Last year, Frazier medaled at Zollner with a 74.

DeKalb, which improved by 10 strokes over its second-place finish of a year ago, got an 85 from Sarah Williams, an 86 from Ally Stuckey and a 91 from Bayley Stuckey.

“On the front nine, I was basically hitting greens and getting up-and-down, making putts that I didn’t even think were even possible to make for me,” said Lexy Stuckey, who improved by one stroke over her third-place 2016 finish. “I’d been struggling putting coming into this week. So I was just dialing in and reading greens really well.”

Angola, which had a 374, finished third and secured the final berth for the regional. The Hornets got an 88 from Teryn Stanley, a 91 from Maddie Herman, a 97 from Kiaja Bledsoe and 98s from Gabby Kelly and Lindsay Dornte.

Getting individual berths for the regional were Leo’s Anna Munson (86), Snider’s Hannah Stine (88) and Churubusco’s Terra Mayer (89). In the team competition, Leo was fourth with a 388 and Snider fifth with a 394.

For Dwenger, it was a 15th sectional championship – the 13th most in state history and tied with Homestead for the most in northeast Indiana history – and it was the Saints’ fifth in the last seven years as the they chase their first state championship, though they were runners-up in 1998 and 2003.

“The season has gone really well,” Frazier said. “The girls have all been consistently shooting in the low-80s and we’re all really close, and I feel like that has helped our scores get better."

jcohn@jg.net