FRANKLIN | Valparaiso senior Harley Dubsky wiped away the tears, pulled herself together and was putting on the practice green.
Dubsky was playing a waiting game after a triple bogey on the 18th hole vaporized her lead over her closest competitor Saturday at the girls golf state championship at the Legends Golf Club. She was preparing for a possible playoff after shooting a 76.
“You can’t win with a triple on the last hole, no way,” Dubsky said. “No matter how good I shot (Friday), I just completely lost it.”
She called her swing coach Matt Blair, and he helped calm her down and told her to hit the driving range.
“It was just me and my dad out there, and I was just beating some balls, beating some energy out and just leaving what happened behind,” she said.
When Hamilton Southeastern’s Mary Ellen Romero bogeyed 18, Dubsky took the state medalist honors with a two-day total of 144, one stroke ahead of Romero.
“It was a sense of relief really,” Dubsky said. “It’s undeniable there’s pressure on me. I come in here and shot the great round (Friday), and then it’s like, ‘OK, you gotta do it again.’”
It was third year in a row a local golfer took top honors, as Chesterton grad Kelly Grassel won the past two seasons. Dubsky joins 1979 boys medalist Gary Krueger as the only Valparaiso state individual champions.
Dubsky swept the individual honors when she was also named the Mental Attitude Award winner.
“It’s unbelievable,” said her dad, Doug Dubsky “She’s worked so hard for this. She’s such a great person. All the effort she puts in, she’s dedicated to school, golf and volunteers. I couldn’t be more happy for her. It all comes from her.”
Valpo coach Bill Miller said it caps off an unbelievable career for Dubsky.
“This might have been one of the best seasons a high school girls golfer has ever had,” he said. “She was 32-under par for the year.”
Carmel took team honors with a 604 for 36 holes, outdistancing runner-up Penn by 27 strokes. Valpo finished ninth with a 674 and Lake Central was 10th at 675. Chesterton was 13th with 713.
Dubsky didn’t mind winning the way the drama unfolded.
“I did really well (Friday),” Dubsky said. “That let me have that cushion (Saturday). It played in my favor.”