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CN's Anderson places 11th in IHSAA girls golf State Finals
September 29, 2012Columbus North High School
FRANKLIN, Ind. -- Columbus North sophomore Sydney Anderson fired a 2-over-par 74 Saturday (Sept. 29), earning her a tie for 11th place in the IHSAA girls golf State Finals.
Coming off a first-day score of 77, Anderson carded two birdies, four bogeys and 12 pars en route to a two-day score of 151 at The Legends of Indiana Golf Course.
"This was the best experience ever," Anderson said. "I was so excited to be there and then to shoot good scores, it is something I will never forget."
Anderson started her round solidly, posting pars on the first five holes before a birdie on the par-5 sixth hole. Another par followed before she bogeyed Nos. 8 and 9 for a 1-over 37 at the turn.
A bogey on the 13th hole pushed Anderson to 2-over but she got that stroke back with a birdie on the par-5 15th hole. A bogey on the 18th hole pushed her back to 2-over and prevented a top-10 finish.
"It's a good feeling to know I have improved so much from last year, that I was playing with the best players in the state and really playing with them," Anderson said.
"It was unfortunate that I wasn't able to go with my team, but it was a goal of mine to reach state and I am happy I reached that goal. Then to finish in the top 15, just one stroke out of the top 10, I am very happy."
Chesterton senior Kelly Grassel was the individual champion with a tournament-record score of 69-68--137. Grassel, who won last year's title, became and two-time champion and broke both the event record at Legends (a 141 by Evansville North's Natalie Schmett in 2010) and the overall event record (a 139 by Martinsville's Leigh Anne Hardin in 1999).
East Noble senior Katherine Sharp was runner-up with a 139, and Valparaiso junior Harley Dubsky was third with a 143. Castle senior Kayla Katterhenry and Western senior Allison Lindley tied for fourth at 144, while Madison sophomore Amanda Detmer and Richmond senior Erin Ingram tied for sixth at 145.
Top-ranked Yorktown won the team competition with a two-day score of 639 over the 5,697-yard layout. The Tigers shot a 306 Saturday to go with their first-round 319 on Friday. They finished 14 strokes ahead of runner-up Carmel, which entered ranked fifth. No. 2 Noblesville was third at 651 followed by No. 4 Penn at 653 and No. 14 Evansville North and No. 9 Valparaiso tied at 662.
Grassel, who has accepted a scholarship to Michigan State, was named the IHSAA Mental Attitude Award winner.
The event featured 15 teams with five players each as well as 25 players competing as individuals.