Back nine, the good nine at girls’ sectional
When North Harrison’s girls’ golf team made the turn at the clubhouse Saturday, the tension and anxiety was evident as they headed for the back nine until Megan Woolston turned in her scorecard after completing nine holes.
While her teammates struggled to get going, the Lady Cat sophomore etched a 44 on the front nine as the No. 3 golfer, recording three early pars. Woolston went on to record her best round of the season, under the pressure of a sectional at Valley View Golf Club in Floyds Knobs. Her low round of 85 was third best at the tournament, helping lead North Harrison to a berth in the upcoming regional.
‘She shot an 87 during the practice round,’ North Harrison coach Joan Martin said of Woolston. ‘Megan is just a sophomore and surprised me the way she played. It was quite a pleasant surprise. I think she just really likes this course.’
Woolston had an even stronger back nine, logging three more pars then a birdie on the par-4 17th hole.
Floyd Central placed first overall with a team score of 352. North Harrison took second with a solid 365. Providence took the last team spot to regional with a 401.
Corydon Central (410) also had a impressive day, finishing just nine strokes back of Providence for the final qualifying spot in fifth place.
‘We were real happy,’ co-head coach Kerry Zimmerman said of the Lady Panthers. ‘To start in the final group and play down on a course we’ve never played on, we would have been happy with a 430.’
On the bus ride back to Corydon, Zimmerman and fellow head coach Richard Clipp let the girls know they were two-strokes per person away from going to regionals as a team.
Heidi Zimmerman led the Lady Panthers with a 95, good enough to qualify her as an individual for regional play. She finished the day well with a near eagle on No. 17. Her eagle run just missed falling in the cup. Zimmerman’s putter was strong, including a 60-foot putt on No. 3 and a 40-footer on No. 4.
‘That was good for her to gain this experience,’ Kerry Zimmerman said. ‘There is still room to improve. She was 18 shots better than last year, as were most of the girls.’
Also for Corydon Central, Melanie Windell carded four pars and a 101 over 18 holes. Heather Uhl (104), Kylie Hall (110) and Gretchen Zimmerman (113) rounded out the Lady Panther scores.
For North Harrison, this marks the second consecutive appearance as a team in the regional. Junior Allison Dooley qualified for state as a freshman and hopes to get back there this season.
‘Personally, I want to get out and go to state,’ she said. ‘As a team, we want to get in the top five. Hopefully we can do that, which I think is possible.’
Dooley struggled a bit on the front side Saturday, carding a 44 on the front nine. She stepped her game up on the final nine, scoring birdies on Nos. 16 and 18 to finish with an 85.
‘I think the girls really settled in on the second nine as the scores reflect,’ the North Harrison coach said. ‘Had Allison brought her A game, we would be right there with them. Our No. 2 and No. 3s really came through today and kept us in the hunt.’
Floyd Central’s Whitney Welch was the medalist on the day, carding a 79.
Courtney Barr also came along on the back nine. After failing to card a par or lower on the first nine, Barr strung together five consecutive pars on the final five holes.
‘I was really nervous at the start,’ she said. ‘The people I played with were slap-happy. We laughed and had a good time, which got my mind off my score.’
Cyndi Garrison (104) and Tonya Lance (122) completed the Lady Cat scoring.
Martin said North Harrison’s goal at regional is to rank in the top-50 percent of the field. Last year, they finished at the bottom and want to erase that memory. Martin said it is an attainable goal, and they look forward to the challenge of competing at Quail’s Crossing in Boonville.
Team Results: Floyd Central 352; North Harrison 365; Providence 401; New Albany 405; Corydon Central 410; Henryville 420; Silver Creek 443; Jeffersonville 453; Eastern (Pekin) 506; Charlestown NTS; Christian Academy NTS.
Top 3 individuals: Whitney Welch (FC) 79, Allison Dooley (NH) 84, Megan Woolston (NH) 85.
Top 3 individuals without a team advancing to regional: Tosha Embry (H) 91, Kylie Sullivan (NA) 92, Heidi Zimmerman (CC) 95.
North Harrison: Allison Dooley 44-40-84; Megan Woolston 44-41-85; Courtney Barr 50-42-92; Cyndi Garrison 53-51-104; Tonya Lance 60-62-122
Corydon Central: Heidi Zimmerman 50-45-95; Melanie Windell 52-49-101; Heather Uhl 54-50-104; Kylie Hall 59-51-110; Gretchen Zimmerman 55-58-113