KENDALLVILLE — Led by medalist Kari Bellville at 71 and co-runner-up Katie Willenbrink at 72, Penn rolled to its sixth straight girls golf regional title on Saturday, Sept. 28, while NorthWood captured its first-ever State Finals berth with its runner-up finish in the East Noble event on the Noble Hawk Links.
The Kingsmen shot 297 and the Panthers a school regional-record 335. Rochester earned the third and last State Finals spot at 338.
NorthWood was paced by Heidi Morganthaler at 75 and Linnzie Richner at 76. The Panthers soared up from ninth in the regional a year ago.
Elkhart Central, the only other Elkhart County regional qualifier, placed 13th among the 18 competing schools.
The State Finals are set for Oct. 4-5 at The Legends in Franklin.
East Noble Regional
(At Noble Hawk)
Team scores (top three to State Finals): Penn 297, NorthWood 335, Rochester 338, Warsaw 341, Marion 346, East Noble 349, Homestead 351, Carroll 352, FW Dwenger 358, Bellmont 362, FW Canterbury 365, SB Adams 369, Elkhart Central 373, Leo 374, Angola 376, Southwood 378, Huntington North 413, West Noble 419.
Top individuals: Kari Bellville (Penn) 71, Katie Willenbrink (Penn) 72, Kayla Adamson (Marion) 72, Lauren Tibbetts (Oak Hill) 74, Sydney Willis (S. Aams) 74, Emily Song (Penn) 74.
Advancing individuals (those not advancing with teams): Adamson, Tibbetts, Willis, Jaycee Bunner (FW Blackhawk) 75, Nikki LaLonde (Warsaw) 76.
Other Penn scores — Madison Chesnutt 80, Cassidy Jurkaites 88.
NorthWood scores — Heidi Morganthaler 75, Linnzie Richner 76, Summer Stillson 88, Rachel Beebe 96, Kayla Stankovich 97.
Elkhart Central scores — Libby Tully 90, Franchesca Rodino 92, Alysa Miller 93, Shelby Mecklenburg 112, Katie Evans 98.
How other area individuals fared — Teage Minier (Goshen) 82, Meghan Sink (Marian) 85, Mikala Mawhoter (Wawasee) 86, Elizabeth Jackson (Wawasee) 94, Michaela Searer (Concord) 95, Regina Raber (Fairfield) 100.
Next: Qualifiers to IHSAA State Finals Friday and Saturday, Oct. 4-5, at The Legends Golf Club in Franklin.