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10 holes good enough for Lady Cats at MSC

10 holes good enough for Lady Cats at MSC
10 holes good enough for Lady Cats at MSC
North Harrison golfers pose with the Mid-Southern Conference championship trophy. Pictured are, from left, Monica Wright, Alexus Blessinger, Katie Alexander, Hallie Hinton, Sophia Jacobi, Cassidy Thompson and coach Rob Higdon. Photos by Brian Smith

The twilight rate, err, adjustment, at the Mid-Southern Conference girls’ golf meet saw North Harrison lift the hardware through delays and stress Saturday at Shadowood Golf Course in Seymour.
Coming into the meet as one of the league favorites, the Lady Cats figured to fend a few challengers off their tails. Little did they know a pair of weather delays would prompt a shortened, modified event.
Upon agreement with participating coaches and administrators, the common holes complete among the 29 players would be tallied up for the final results. With the sun setting beyond the fourth hole, 10 holes were found to be in common (No. 8 through 17).
Through all the scoring, North Harrison’s Hallie Hinton showed the way with a 2-over par 42 to take medalist honors. Teammate Cassidy Thompson wasn’t far behind with a 50 for third place. As a team, the Lady Cats shot a 203, holding off Brownstown Central (215) and Corydon Central (217).
North Harrison coach Rob Higdon was straight to the point with his girls.
‘I told them early today that we aren’t going to get done,’ Higdon said. ‘I was honest with them. We had a similar scenario at Jasper this year and to accept it for what it is. That’s all you can do.’
Although several North Harrison players nearly concluded the original 18-hole format, the modified score did bring some worry.
‘I was pretty stressed,’ Hinton said. ‘I had a rough front nine with a 44 but ended up being even on the back nine. I was hoping they’d keep our back nine, which they did. I kept my head strong all day. I did get in some rough spots, but I got myself out of it. That’s what matters.’
On the 10 counted holes, Hinton had a pair of birdies count on two of the four par-fives.
‘I was trying to ignore the delays and go play,’ Hinton said. ‘That’s the only way I know to play well is to just go play.’
While Hinton had a strong back nine, Thompson’s best play came on the front, which, for the exception of a par on No. 8 and birdie on No. 9, did not count toward her score.
‘We were trying to get as many holes done as we could. It was a real rush,’ Thompson said. ‘I played really well on the front, but they didn’t even count those scores. It was OK. You have to push that aside and go on with it.’
It was the team title the squad was after. There were a few tears under the florescent lights of the clubhouse.
‘It feels really good because we’ve been together since sixth grade,’ Thompson said. ‘We’ll graduate together, and we see each other at school every day then again at practice. It really means a lot because we’ll get our year up on the banner.’
Thompson said her driving of the ball and putting has been consistent this year. Working diligently on her chipping game, Thompson said ‘everything is coming together.’
North Harrison’s Katie Alexander earned honorable mention with her 55.
‘My iron shots, I couldn’t get distance out of them, but today I was able to,’ Alexander said. ‘That helped me play well. I hope to keep that up for sectional.’
Through the late holes, Alexander said a player in her grouping suggested utilizing a mobile phone’s flashlight help finish play.
‘I had two holes left,’ she said. ‘I thought we could have finished it with the light we had left, but the coach told us to go in.’
Also scoring for North Harrison was Alexus Blessinger with a 58 to earn All-MSC honorable mention honors. North Harrison’s Sophia Jacobi shot a 67.
‘They’ve been getting better and better the last three weeks,’ Higdon said. ‘I hope it continues at least another week.’
Corydon Central was among the teams chasing North Harrison. The Lady Panthers were led by Madison Engleman’s sixth-place finish. To earn All-MSC honors, Engleman shot a 52. She carded a birdie on No. 17.
Also snagging an All-MSC spot was Sophie Cesar with a 53. She notched a birdie on the par-5 14th hole midway through her round.
Two Lady Panthers ‘ Cami Schmidt (55) and Macey Capelle (57) ‘ earned All-MSC honorable mention for their play.
Emily Harbaugh closed with a 61 for Corydon Central.
Runner-up to Hinton in the medalist standings was Silver Creek’s Liv Schmitt, who was five strokes back with a 47.
The MSC title for North Harrison was the first since 2008 and third overall.
Up next for Corydon Central and North Harrison will be participating in the Indiana High School Athletic Association Sectional, hosted by the Lady Panthers at Old Capital Golf Club. The event will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday and also will include South Central.

Team scores: 1. North Harrison 203, 2. Brownstown Central 215, 3. Corydon Central 217, 4. Silver Creek 253, 5. Scottsburg 259, 6. Eastern (Pekin) 282, 7. Clarksville 327.
Individual scores (top 10 All-MSC, 11-15 honorable mention): 1. H. Hinton (NH) 42, 2. L. Schmitt (SC) 47, 3. C. Thompson (NH) 50, 4t. S. Stuckwisch (BC) 51, 4t. A. Crutcher (SC) 51, 6t. E. Zabor (BC) 52, 6t. M. Engleman (CC) 52, 8t. K. Collins (BC) 53, 8t. S. Cesar (CC) 53, 10. D. Sanders (Sco) 54, 11. C. Schmitt (CC) 55, 12. K. Alexander (NH) 55, 13. M. Capelle (CC) 57, 14. A. Bottorff (Sco) 58, 15. A. Blessinger (NH) 58.