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Lady Panthers finish eighth at regional

Lady Panthers finish eighth at regional
Lady Panthers finish eighth at regional
Corydon Central sophomore Emma Rowland fires a shot on the fairway toward the green during regional play at The Legends Golf Club in Franklin on Saturday. Rowland’s 88 led the Lady Panthers to an eighth-place finish to conclude their season. Photo by Brandon Miniard
By Brandon Miniard, Sports Writer, [email protected]

In 2021, the Floyd Central girls’ golf team finished third in the Montgomery regional to punch its ticket to its first Indiana High School Athletic Association state finals appearance since 2013.

Fast forward to 2022, where the Lady Highlanders, coming off a 10th consecutive sectional title, again found themselves in a tough regional field, this time at The Legends Golf Club in Franklin. Led by junior Trinity Bramer’s 75, the Lady Highlanders finished third with a team score of 321, securing their spot in their second consecutive state finals.

Bramer’s strong day in Franklin was followed closely by Lady Highlanders’ ace Paige Giovenco, who finished two strokes behind Bramer at 77. Chloe Cook added an 81, while Rachel Shaffer posted an 88. Keely Page rounded out the Lady Highlanders’ stellar performance by shooting a 99.

Corydon Central saw some struggles despite edging Franklin County for eighth, 386-387. Those struggles started at the top with sophomore ace Emma Rowland. After shooting a 42 in the back half, Rowland had issues on the front nine after a rules dispute. While ultimately allowed to continue as normal, Rowland’s shot was affected by the situation as she shot par on only one of her final five holes en route to finishing with an 88.

Freshman Chloe Mathes followed Rowland with a 95, while senior Abby Russel concluded her high school career with a 96. Freshman Madison Stilwell shot a 107, and sophomore Jenna Hougland shot a 124.

The Lady Highlanders will look to make some noise when they travel just north of Indianapolis to play at Prairie View Golf Club in Carmel for the IHSAA state finals, which is set to begin Friday and conclude on Saturday. Tee times for day one on Friday are set to begin at 8:30 a.m. The Lady Highlanders will have some time to prepare following the initial tee time, with Page set to tee off at 9:15 a.m., followed by Shaffer at 9:24, then Bramer at 9:33, Cook at 9:42 and, lastly, Giovenco at 9:51.