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Steady rounds land Corydon in regional

Steady rounds land Corydon in regional
Steady rounds land Corydon in regional
Corydon CentralÂ’s Heather Uhl chips her ball on the green during the girlsÂ’ golf sectional Saturday at Valley View Golf Club. Photos by Brian Smith (click for larger version)

The Floyd Central girls’ golf sectional figured to be wide open for the qualifying spots for not only individuals but also for teams.
Floyd Central, the clear favorite, had no problems moving on and winning the sectional with a team score of 337. The next two spots seemed up for grabs.
However, Corydon Central closed the gap on the competition with consistent rounds from top to bottom, taking second with a score of 381. Third place went to Henryville, a small school that finished with a 386. A majority of the competition took place Saturday, but darkness delayed the finish for some teams until Monday. On Monday, North Harrison’s Devan Smith secured her spot at regional with an 81.
It marks the first time in its seven-year history that the Corydon Central girls’ program moves on to regional as a team.
‘It was fun,’ Lady Panther coach Richard Clipp said. ‘We didn’t know for a fact, but we knew we’d finish between second and sixth. We knew we weren’t going to beat Floyd Central. Several of us (schools) had played throughout the season and had been really close.’
All three teams move on to the Evansville North Regional, which will be played at Eagle Valley Golf Course Saturday at noon.
Corydon Central was led by senior Heidi Zimmerman, who will make her third consecutive appearance at regional but her first with four teammates by her side. Zimmerman carded an 11-over par 82 to take third place overall.
‘I played pretty consistent today,’ she said. ‘I had only one double bogey, so, overall, it was pretty good. This year, I came in wanting to shoot under 80 as my goal, but I came pretty close to it.’
Zimmerman avoided big numbers on the day, finishing with eight pars. Her most reliable club on the day was her driver off the tee.
‘I only had one drive that wasn’t good,’ she said. ‘The thing is, I didn’t hit the ball well all week with my driver until today. It helped out a lot, but my approach shots killed me. I got a lot of bogeys that I shouldn’t have.’
For Zimmerman, her game has steadily improved since her freshman year, and now it is paying off.
‘Mr. Clipp told me the other day that I’ve taken my average down 11 to 12 strokes since my freshman year,’ Zimmerman said. ‘I got new clubs this year, and I think that is a big part of it, too.’
She said she will continue to work with her dad, assistant coach Kerry Zimmerman, at her approach game leading into regional play.
Also for the Lady Panthers, Melanie Windell and Heather Uhl shot identical 99s for the team. Windell, a senior, shot 48 on the front nine. Uhl also had a steady day, putting up a 49 on the front and a 50 on the back nine.
‘We talked about bunching our scores together, preferably the lower the better,’ Clipp said. ‘They did the same thing in the conference tournament. It’s good for the team, to be the first to make it to regional.’
Rounding out the scoring for Corydon Central was Jessica Bartley with a 101 and Carley Key with a 105.
Due to darkness on Saturday, North Harrison had to come back on Monday to complete its rounds. For Smith, a freshman, she had to come back and complete the final hole, a par-4.
She went into the final hole, one stroke back from leader Kirsten Reed from Floyd Central. Smith, however, parred No. 18 to finish one stroke back with an 81 for second place overall.
‘I knew what the score was, so it was hard taking one full day to think about one hole,’ Smith said.
Overall, Smith was pleased with her first appearance at sectional and moving on to regional.
‘I’m happy with the way I played,’ she said. ‘I had some nerves but putting really helped me a lot. It was one of my better putting days.’
Smith added that it was nice to keep the North Harrison tradition of making an appearance at regional following 2009 graduate Allison Dooley.
Reed finished first overall, representing the Highlanders with an 80.
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