Lady Cats capture golf sectional
North Harrison unseeded the competition, winning the school’s first girls’ golf sectional title by three strokes over host Floyd Cenral at Valley View Golf Club yesterday (Tuesday).
The sectional was split over two days ‘ Monday and Tuesday ‘ due to ISTEP testing at some schools. On Monday, the Lady Cats went out first and posted the scores to beat for those on Tuesday, but no one could better their 373.
‘We had two goals this year: to win Mid-Southern Conference and to win sectional,’ said North Harrison coach Joan Martin. ‘We accomplished these, and we’re headed to regionals.’
North Harrison was led by senior Allison Dooley’s 10-over par 81. The score was tops for the sectional, making her the individual champion.
‘We knew that we were going to be in the top three,’ Dooley said. ‘We just had confidence we could maybe do it.’
Dooley found little trouble with the front nine, carding a 3-over 38 to become the early pacesetter. She notched five pars on the front before making the turn. On the backside, Dooley carded two pars to finish off the 81.
‘The front nine was good, but the back nine I was dissapointed in,’ Dooley said. ‘I think I could have done much better. I was trying to keep the same pace up and par every hole. It didn’t work out.’
Teammates Courtney Barr and Megan Woolston played opposite Dooley, stronger on the back nine than the front.
Barr finished the front nine with a 46, but started to get going on the final nine. The senior parred four of seven to start before firing a pair of double bogies on 17 and 18. Her 44 on the backside gave her a 90 overall.
Woolston, like Barr, bounced back on the back nine after shooting a 51 on the front. A birdie on No. 15 helped propel her to a 98 overall.
Also carding scores for North Harrison were Cyndi Garrison with a 104 and Sara Lang with a 106.
North Harrison was fresh off winning the school’s second Mid-Southern Conference title the week before, and also ran through the regular season matches undefeated.
‘I couldn’t be more proud of these girls,’ Martin said. ‘They accomplished all their goals. They went to regional last year, so I think they will be more relaxed and probably do better than the year before.’
The sectional title was also the first in Harrison County for girls’ golf. Corydon Central’s boys’ team won sectional titles in the 1964-65 and 1965-66 seasons.
Floyd Central finished second as a team with a 376, followed by New Albany with a 396. All three teams move on to the regional at Eagle Valley Golf Course in Evansville on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
Corydon Central’s Heidi Zimmerman had to wait until day two was finished to find out if she made the cut to regional. The waiting paid off. Zimmerman, who qualified last year as an individual, did the same by firing a 95.
The Lady Panthers finished well, in sixth place with a 407, just 11 strokes from making regional as a team.
Corydon Central’s Melanie Windell posted her best round of the season, carding a 96. Windell carded a birdie and two pars over her round.
Also for Corydon Central, Kylie Hall finished with a 104, Heather Uhl a 112 and Jessica Bartley a 142.
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North Harrison (373) ‘ Dooley 81, Barr 90, Woolston 98, Garrison 104, Lang 106
Floyd Central (376) ‘ Reed 83, Heffernan 86, Ford 102, Huber 105, Evans 106
New Albany (396) ‘ Naville 94, Sullivan 96, Roth 97, Jensen 109, Curry 122
Providence (402) ‘ McCallister 93, Voelker 101, Hansford 103, Hauber 105, Koebel 107
Silver Creek (403) ‘ Wilson 93, Lewis 97, Moore 103, Archer 110, Fluhr 120
Corydon (407) ‘ Zimmerman 95, Windell 96, Hall 104, Uhl 112, Bartley 142
Charlestown (436) ‘ Shaw 107, Kasey 107, A. Bowyer 107, M. Bowyer 109, Greene WD
Henryville (457) ‘ Embry 98, Spellman 113, Cleveland 122, Henson 124
Jeffersonville (459) ‘ Shepherd 101, Pangburn 110, Clemons 119, Collins 129, Newcom 137
Eastern (Pekin) (481) ‘ Kaelin 102, Webster 122, Parker 127, McIntyre 130
Borden (484) ‘ Potts 114, Newton 115, Kock 118, Metcalf 137, McKinley 164
Christian Academy (NTS) ‘ Thompson 113, McKinnely 115