Lady Panthers play well at Evansville North golf regional
It may have been just an unlucky gust of wind.
Regardless of the adjective describing the breeze on the 18th green for Corydon Central’s Heidi Zimmerman, one thing is for sure, it startled her.
Play at the Evansville North girls’ golf regional at Eagle Valley Golf Club was steady and under ideal conditions throughout much of the day. The weather was sunny, and the ground remained moist in many areas from the downpour of rain during the week.
Zimmerman entered the 18th hole, one of the toughest and the longest par-5 on the course, at 11-over par. The senior played a solid first three shots to set herself up with a short chip, just off the green with a favorable pin placement.
Dark clouds loomed in the background late in the day, but effects of a possible storm steered clear until Zimmerman prepared her fourth shot on 18. A strong gust of wind took force during her set up, and, in turn, Zimmerman hit an errand shot. Her fifth shot placed the ball a few feet from the pin for an easy tap-in for a bogey.
The end result was a 12-over par 82, one stroke shy of making the state cut. Two players, including Clarksville’s Quincy Cooper, tied for the third and final advancing spot as individuals with an 81.
After play ended, Zimmerman said the wind had an affect on her last shot, but admitted she missed a few shots on other holes as well.
Consistent play was the key for Zimmerman on Saturday. She finished with eight pars on the day, firing a 41 on the front and back nine.
The regional appearance was the third for Zimmerman, who bettered her two previous scores of 91s.
Joining Zimmerman at regional were her teammates, who made an appearance as a school for the first time.
As a team, the Lady Panthers concluded play with a respectable 392. The score was good for eighth place among 12 teams. Evansville North was the top overall team with a 318, followed by Evansville Memorial and Washington. All three teams move on to state.
Corydon Central’s Melanie Windell had a rough front nine, turning in a 55. The senior bounced back nicely on the backside, carding a 48 for a 103 overall.
Fellow Lady Panther Heather Uhl had a consistent round overall, carding three pars and a 103 overall. One stroke back from Uhl was Lady Panther Carley Key, who finished with a 104. Jessica Bartley also competed and fired a 117.
North Harrison freshman Devan Smith also made the trip to Evansville after qualifying as an individual at sectional.
Smith parred three of her first seven holes, going 4-over during that span. She struggled the final two holes on her first nine, going out in 44. After the turn, Smith made one par, concluding her round with a 93.
Evansville North’s Natalie Schmett and Evansville Memorial’s Dana Hayden finished in a tie for overall medalist honors with 3-over par 73s.
Team scores (top 3 advance to state) ‘ 1. Evansville North 318, 2. Evansville Memorial 325, 3. Washington 335, 4. Floyd Central 341, 5. Jasper 352, 6. Castle 361, 7. Evansville Reitz 372, 8. Corydon Central 392, 9. Henryville 396, 10. Gibson Southern 399, 11. North Knox 404, 12. Southridge 424.
Individuals (advancing without a team) ‘ 1. Kayla Katterhenry (Castle) 75, 2. Alexis Kotter (Vincennes Lincoln) 80, 3. Chinice Young (Evansville Reitz) 81, 3t. Quincy Cooper (Clarksville) 81.
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