ST. JOHN | A balanced performance from all five players led host Lake Central to the school’s 10th girls golf sectional title.
The Times No. 2 Indians had all five players post scores of 91 or better and finished with a team total of 339 to win Friday at Palmira Golf Club.
“If somebody has a bad round, it’s nice to have all five girls where we don’t drop off a cliff,” Lake Central coach Chris Rossiano said. “(Friday) we used our No. 5, and we needed that score last week at the Pat Ford. It’s nice to have that security if someone is having a bad day.”
The Indians, along with second-place Crown Point and third-place Munster, advance to the Lafayette Jefferson Regional at Battle Ground on Sept. 28.
Highland’s Alexa Hogveissor, Andrean’s Lexi Prasco and Bishop Noll’s Jailynn Thomas qualified for the regional as individuals.
Crown Point’s Tiffany Curtis took home medalist honors with a round of 77. The Bulldogs finished with a 361.
Kiana Jongsma led the way for the Indians with a round of 80 from the No. 2 spot. She made two birdies on the front nine, tallying a two-putt birdie at No. 5 and tapping in for birdie on No. 8 after hitting her approach shot to within a foot of the hole.
“My putts were a lot better," Jongsma said, "and I was just hitting everything fantastic."
Kylie Shoemake recorded a 83, and Amanda Blais posted an 86 from the No. 5 position.
“She struggled a little bit at the beginning of the year, but she’s turning it on now,” Rossiano said of Blais. “She played like a senior. She came up with the leadership to finish (Friday).”
Curtis, who finished second in the sectional a year ago as a freshman, had 29 putts on her round. She put a ball in the water on No. 14 and made bogey, but she followed that up by hitting her tee shot on No. 15 to within a foot for a tap-in birdie.
“I was definitely scrambling today,” Curtis said. “My short game was really good for me.”
Alyssa Harvey added a round of 85 for the Bulldogs.
Nicole Howard shot 83 to lead the Mustangs, who totaled 370.