It was a busy day filled with plenty of late drama at Stonehenge Golf Course Saturday morning, as six local girls golf teams competed in the first IHSAA Sectional to be held this fall.
When the dust settled, the only area team to advance to the regional would be Warsaw, as the Lady Tigers earned a second place finish by shooting a 333. Joining Warsaw next week will be Triton’s Chloe McKinney, who shot a 96, placing her in the top three golfers from non-advancing teams.
The story of the day was the battle for first place between Warsaw’s Abbey Peterson and Culver Academies’ Lynne Zhang. After the two golfers finished 18 holes tied at 71 strokes, the pair went on to a playoff to determine the sectional’s medalist. The faceoff went on for a grueling seven holes before Zhang ultimately came out on top.
Joining Peterson near the top of the leaderboard were Olivia Robinson-Gay (82) and Claire Reust (87), who finished fifth and tenth. Abigail Davis just missed out on the top ten, tying for eleventh with a 93. Along with the Lady Tigers, Culver Academies (315) and Plymouth (355) will advance to the East Noble regional as top three finishers.
Freshman Chloe McKinney of Triton follows through on her tee shot on the tenth tee. McKinney advances as an individual to Friday's regional. Photo by Gary Nieter
McKinney, the only other athlete to advance, finished 17th overall with her score. Cheyenne Hawley finished as the second best scorer for the Lady Trojans with a 124. Brooke Kitch rounded out the Triton top three with a 131.
While Whitko didn’t qualify, it was a good day for the Lady ‘Cats, who finished fifth overall with a 436. Kloe Krieg shot a 101 to earn a top 22 finish. Joining Krieg in the top 30 were Grace Burnworth and Ariel Ross, who tied for 26th overall, each shooting a 107.
Not far behind Whitko was Wawasee in seventh with a 455. Francie McDonald was the highest finishing Lady Warrior, rounding out the top 25 with a 106. Emma Young just squeaked into the top 30 by shooting a 109. Delaney Delagrange shot a 117.
Tippecanoe Valley’s highest finisher was Maddie Thompson, who shot a 116. Lucy Hayden and Makynna Rentschler finished right next to each other on the leaderboard, and just inside the top 40, with a 122 and 123 respectively.
Manchester only had three golfers available and did not qualify for scoring. Chloe Schannep shot a 119 to finish in the top 35. Addison Reid ended her day with a 132, while Allie Evans shot a 134.
The East Noble regional will be held at Noble Hawk Golf Course on Friday at 8:30 a.m. Other feeder sectionals include Northridge, Angola, Homestead and Eastbrook.