Ben MIkesell | For The Journal Gazette Angola High School senior Kiaja Bledsoe chips onto the green during the IHSAA Girls Golf Sectional on Saturday at Zollner Golf Course in Angola.
Bishop Dwenger senior Nicole Hagen previews her putt during the IHSAA Girls Golf Sectional Saturday at Zollner Golf Course in Angola.
Sunday, September 16, 2018 1:00 am
Hornets capture 1st title
Girls shoot 343 at their home course
ELIZABETH WYMAN | The Journal Gazette
East Noble regional
When: Saturday, 8:30 a.m.
Where: Noble Hawk Golf Links, Kendallville
Feeder sectionals: Angola, East Noble, Eastbrook, Norwell, Penn, Warsaw
For the first time in program history, Angola girls golf can put sectional champions after its name. With a team score of 343, the Hornets were crowned Angola sectional champions after a solid round at Zollner Golf Course on Saturday.
“That was our final goal for this year, to win sectional, and it's the first time we've done it,” Angola head coach Stacey Parr said. “I'm so excited and proud of these girls.”
Parr said her team looked great on the front nine but struggled a bit on the back nine.
“I kept telling them keep focused, you guys are fine, and they pulled through,” Parr said. “They kept going and never gave up and that's exactly what I was looking for.”
A big part of Angola's sectional win came from medalist Gabby Kelly, who shot a 4-over 74.
After the front nine, Kelly fell at 1-under par.
Parr said when Kelly plays, she's calm and cool the entire time.
“She never lets anything get to her,” Parr said. “If she has a bad shot, she brushes it off and she makes up for it on the next shot.”
At the team's home course, the edge paid off in the end. The hills and unpredictability of Zollner can fool just about anyone, but the Hornets know this course better than anyone.
“I think playing this course a lot for practice has helped us, because we all are good with it now and we know how to play it well,” Kelly said.
Teryn Stanley shot an 84 for the second-best score for the Hornets.
DeKalb and Dwenger also qualified for the East Noble regional, shooting a 351 and 368, respectively.
DeKalb's Allyson Stuckey shot an 81 to place second in the sectional and teammate Sarah Williams shot an 82 for third.
Stuckey said the Barons played a good round but that their mental game needs to improve for regionals.
“After a bad shot we just need to shake it off and get the next one,” Stuckey said. “We're all good enough; we all have the game; we can do this, we just have to bring it to that level and not let our minds hold us back, because that's the hardest part.”
Nicole Hagen had the low score of 89 for Dwenger. The Saints won the Angola sectional the past two seasons.
“It feels very relieving,” Hagen said. “There's a lot of new kids on this team this year and I think in the upcoming years there's a lot of potential.”
Qualifying as individuals were: Leo's Isabelle Baldwin, shooting an 84; Fremont's Jaden Cardoso, shooting an 89; Northrop's Skylar Whitman, shooting a 92.
NORWELL SECTIONAL: Homestead was named sectional champions, shooting a 291. The Spartans took the top four spots as Madi Dabagia took medalist honors with a 2-under-70. Luers placed second, shooting a 359 and host Norwell made it through with a 363. Qualifying as individuals were: Wayne's Molly Brehm, shooting an 80; Bellmont's Megan Rickord, shooting an 81; Southern Wells' Georgia Hanauer, shooting an 82.