State girls golf
FRANKLIN — The Penn High girls golf team — ranked No. 1 for much of the year — finished second to perennial powerhouse Carmel at the 41st IHSAA state finals, which wrapped up at The Legends Golf Club in Franklin, Ind. on Saturday, Oct. 5.
Meanwhile, Kingsmen senior Kari Bellville shot an even par 72 on Saturday and finished with a two-day total of 147, finishing three strokes behind Valparaiso’s Harley Dubsky in the battle for the individual title.
After shooting a 300 on Saturday, Carmel finished with a two-day total of 604. Both scores broke records held by the 2005 Penn state title team.
“My hat off to Carmel, they were on fire all weekend,” Kingsmen coach Jim Garrett said. “When we came down and played a practice round on Thursday, I thought 320 would be really good. And for everyone but Carmel, it was.”
Playing in bad weather conditions, Penn shot a 312 on Saturday, the second best round of the tournament.
“I am so very proud of the way our girls played in some very rough weather,” Garrett said. “There was so much rain both Friday night and at times during the round on Saturday, that many of the bunkers were filled with water. If you miss-hit the ball just a little, you’d really lose a lot.”
After shooting a 68 in the first round on Friday. Dubsky was able to hold on after a round of 76 on Saturday to win the individual title by one stroke over Mary Ellen Romero of Hamilton Southeastern.
Bellville started the final round seven strokes behind Dubsky, but closed to within three strokes by the end on Saturday, closing with a two-day total of three-over par, good enough for a tie for fourth.
Bellville and Penn teammate Katie Willenbrink were each named to the All-State team, while the Kingsmen’s Emily Song made the Academic All-State team.
The Kingsmen will be honored at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the high school. If attending, please enter through door A.
The first trip to the state finals for NorthWood was a tough one, as coach Adam Yoder’s team finished a distant 15th with a two-day total of 736. Senior Heidi Morganthaler’s 169 was the low score for the Panthers.
(At The Legends, Franklin)
Team scores (final): Carmel 604, Penn 631, Zionsville 639, Hamilton Southeastern 652, Yorktown 660, Evansville North 683, Noblesville 666, Martinsville 671, Valparaiso 674, Lake Central 675, Floyd Central 684, Madison 689, Chesterton 713, Rochester 724, NorthWood 736..
Medalist: Harley Dubsky (Valparaiso) 68-76—144.
Penn — Kari Bellville 75-72—147, Katie Willenbrink 77-79—156, Emily Song 89-83—172, Madison Chestnutt 78-78—156, Cassidy Jurkaites 89-86—175.
NorthWood — Heidi Morganthaler 80-89—169, Linnzie Richner 93-87—180, Summer Stillson 89-97—186, Rachel Beebe 99-103—202, Kayla Stankovich 101-102—203.