FRANKLIN | Lake Central senior Kiana Jongsma was overcome with emotion as she walked off the 18th green at the Legends Golf Club Saturday at the girls golf state finals.
She capped a stellar season and career with a personal-best 73 to help the Indians finish 10th out of 15 teams.
“It’s my senior year, and I did what I wanted to do,” said Jongsma, who was tied for 11th overall individually at 151. “I wanted to shoot my lowest of the year.”
Jongsma battled the elements all day to record the second-best score for local golfers.
“It was windy, it was calm, it was raining,” L.C. coach Chris Rossiano said. “It was hot. The course played extra long because it was so wet. She kept her head in it all day.”
Jongsma finished 1-under on the front nine and kept cool down the stretch.
“If I didn’t keep myself calm, I wouldn’t been able to do what I was able to do today,” she said. “The past three weeks I just exploded on my last four holes, and I was able to keep myself composed on my last four holes (Saturday).”
A good walk not spoiled: Chesterton shot a 366 and finished with a two-day total of 713 to finish 13th. The Trojans had three freshmen among their top five players.
“I’m proud of them, but we’re capable of a little more,” Chesterton coach Dale Hewitt said. “If you ask them, they won’t be too happy with 13th.”
Freshman Andrea Hanas shot a 87 to lead the Trojans, while sophomore Grace Davis carded an 89.
“We’ll definitely be back,” Hewitt said. “We’ve got probably one of the youngest teams down here. We’ll be back for several more years to come.”
Valpo junior Jennifer Gough shot a 79, while classmate Brooke Fullencamp carded an 89 to help the Vikings place ninth as a team.
More youth served: Crown Point sophomore Tiffany Curtis shot an 83 on Saturday and finished with a 36-hole total of 161.
C.P. coach Jon Haas was pleased with Curtis‘ improvement from last year to this season.
“I think she would’ve liked to have played a little better, but it capped off a tremendous season for her,” he said.
L.C. sophomore Allie Onest shot a 96 and said she loved playing in the state finals.
“It was a good experience,” she said. “Being a sophomore now I’ll know what to do.”
Shooting gallery: There were a lot of spectators all around each hole, comparatively larger than a regular-season match.
“It’s kind of nerve-wracking having a lot of people watching you golf,” said L.C. junior Julia Beggs, who shot an 83. “But at the same time, I like having people cheering me on.
“Personally, I think I do better, because (Friday) I had my dad, and (Saturday) I had my aunt and my uncle. I did a lot better (Saturday).”