North Harrison rolls at MSC; Dooley outlasts Zimmerman
North Harrison overcame a hot Saturday afternoon to win its second Mid-Southern Conference girls’ golf title by 17 strokes over Brownstown Central.
The Lady Cats came in with all four scoring golfers under the century mark for the 18 holes at Old Capital Golf Club in Corydon.
Senior Allison Dooley led the charge for the Lady Cats, winning the individual honors with a 9-over par 81 on the day. Dooley’s group carried the most drama, as her and Corydon Central No. 1 Heidi Zimmerman battled for the top individual spot.
Zimmerman finished one stroke back with an 82 after taking an early lead but she struggled on the final eight holes.
After a double bogey on the opening hole, Zimmerman played some of her best golf of the season. She attacked the Old Capital back nine with a fury, scoring an even par 36 for the nine holes.
‘On the first hole, I double bogeyed to start my round,’ Zimmerman said. ‘Then I had my best score ever on the back nine. I started really good on the front and had a stretch where I played bad on the switch.’
A string of consecutive birdies on Nos. 16 and 17 helped Dooley keep Zimmerman in sight. Then, after 10 holes into the round, Dooley found herself two strokes back when they started the front side.
Both golfers found trouble on No. 1; however, Dooley bounced back stronger than Zimmerman. Four consecutive Dooley pars combined with Zimmerman playing the next four 4-over par gave Dooley the lead.
With a three-stroke lead heading into their final hole on No. 8, Dooley struggled with an eight, but Zimmerman bogeyed the par-5 to just miss tying the competition.
‘I’m just glad we were able to win conference for the first time as a team,’ Dooley said. ‘I was happy with my round except for two water balls that hurt my score.’
Both golfers advanced to the regional last year, Dooley with the team and Zimmerman as an individual.
Zimmerman is looking forward to playing the sectional soon, which is Monday at Valley View Golf Course in Floyds Knobs.
‘I was playing pretty bad golf a week ago,’ she said. ‘Now I’m playing pretty good at the right time. Valley View sets up well for my drives. I almost like it more than I like this course (Old Capital).’
North Harrison took Dooley’s top score and consistent performances for the rest of the team to win the team title with a 364.
Fellow senior Courtney Barr carded a 93 for the Lady Cats to earn All-Conference honors. She finished the day with three birdies.
Megan Woolston and Cyndi Garrison earned All-Conference honorable mention for their rounds of 95. Sara Lang recorded a 108 for North Harrison as well.
Brownstown Central finished second with 381, followed by Salem’s 382.
As a team, Corydon Central (399) finished fifth, led by Zimmerman’s 82. Melanie Windell scored a 99 for the Lady Panthers. Also scoring for Corydon Central were Kylie Hall (101), Heather Uhl (117) and Jessica Bartley (127).
The girls’ golf sectional takes place Monday at 2 p.m. at Valley View Golf Course. North Harrison finished second to Floyd Central last year to advance to regional play.
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North Harrison (364) ‘ Dooley 81, Barr 93, Woolston 95, Garrison 95, Lang 108; Brownstown Central (381) ‘ Wehmiller 86, Hackman 90, Hurley 98, Bane 107, Morrow 117; Salem (382) ‘ Chastain 90, Wroblewski 94, Jones 96, Newkirk 102, Katt 103; Silver Creek (394) ‘ Wilson 90, Moore 91, Lewis 106, Fluhr 107, Archer 108; Corydon Central (399) ‘ Zimmerman 82, Windell 99, Hall 101, Uhl 117, Bartley 127; Scottsburg (428) ‘ Robinson 100, Bacala 101, Mosier 111, Munden 116, Sandlin 136; Charlestown (439) ‘ Greene 103, Kasey 108, Shaw 112, Bowyer 116, Bowyer WD; Eastern (463) ‘ Kaelin 92, Webster 120, Parker 122, McIntyre 129, Mishler 146; Clarksville (505) ‘ T. Carta 120, Conklin 121, Beckler 121, S. Carta 143, Garcia WD.