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The Journal Gazette

Friday, September 29, 2017 9:10 pm

Girls golf state finals

Area golfers struggle in 1st round


Area teams struggled on the first day of the girls golf state finals at Prairie View Golf Club in Carmel on Friday.

Homestead is in eighth place with a 44-over 332, led by Makenna Hostetler's 9-over 81, which is tied for 25th.

"The number was a little higher than what we wanted it to be," Spartans coach Jeff Jehl said in a phone interview. "I'm proud of everyone. Through a tough day, a windy day, they stayed present and sharp and fought through it.

"(Makenna's) so consistent and she's been a great leader for our team. She has a quiet leadership that all the girls look up to. She's a great kid and I expect that she'll do the same (today) and have another good day."

Teammate Emma Schroeder is one stroke back (82) tied for 32nd place, Morgan Dabagia shot an 83 and is tied for 38th, Rylie Parker is tied for 52nd with an 86, and Sydney Rybolt 63rd with a 90.

Bishop Luers' Madeleine Pape leads area golfers with a 79, tied for 16th place. Angola's Gabby Kelly shot an 87 and sits in 56th.

Bishop Dwenger's Sarah Frazier is tied for 46th with an 84, Taylor Martin tied for 74th with a 92, Brooke Kinder is one stroke back (93) and tied for 79th, Nicole Hagen shot a 97 and is tied for 86th and Cristina Brown is 98th after a 105.

"We struggled a little bit (Friday)," Saints coach Megan Ryan said of the first round. "We started on the back nine and were able to pick up a better front nine. We're hoping for a better round (today), we stayed after and practiced a little bit more today on short game.

"The greens were tough for them. The front nine is a little bit easier. Starting on the back nine was tougher but I felt like they were able to persevere through each shots."

Lexy Stuckey leads DeKalb with a 90 (tied for 63rd), Ally Stuckey shot a 94 (tied for 79th), Bayley Stuckey is one stroke back (95, tied for 81st), Sarah Williams is 96th after a 102 and Marie Burton is 100th after a 130.

The final round is today.