Jorden Zubay new what she had to do.
The standout Lowell golfer narrowly missed qualifying for the state finals at the Lafayette Jeff Regional this past fall when she fired a 91 at Battle Ground Golf Club.
“She wants to get to the next level,” Lowell coach John Harris said. “She came to me right after that and asked what it was going to take. She wanted to know what she had to do to get to the state finals.”
Missing that chance as a junior has fueled Zubay to get better in her final prep season.
“It hurts when you miss it by one spot,” Zubay said. “I was sixth and they took the top five.”
Zubay dedicated herself to getting better over the summer, heeding her coach’s advice to take some lessons and play in tournaments.
“She’s done some of the hard work that it takes,” Harris said.
In addition to playing in more than 16 summer tournaments, Zubay took lessons from Jason Gillespie at Palmira Golf Club in St. John.
“I’m working on getting my swing more inside-out and working on my drives,” Zubay said.
Harris added she also worked with Gillespie on her short game, mainly club selection and where to hit the ball.
“The difficult thing is when you get within 50 yards of the green,” Harris said. “That’s really where you can save five or six shots on your game.”
The hard work paid off as Zubay carded an 80 in the first big meet of the season at last week's Lake Central Invitational. She’s helped the Red Devils to a 2-0 dual-meet start.
Harris said Zubay is the consummate team player, helping the freshmen get acclimated to the high school game and is the team captain. She’s also the manager of the boys golf team.
“She’s just an outstanding person and student,” Harris said. “Her grades are excellent. I will really miss her senior leadership.”
Zubay is hoping to play golf in college and is looking at Tampa, a Div. II school, and Hanover in southern Indiana.
“If it happens, it happens,” she said.
For now, she tries not to think too much about her game and just play the way she know she’s capable. She wants to break 90 in tournaments and shooting in the 30s in nine-hole dual meets. And of course there’s the goal of qualifying for the state finals.
“She definitely set that as her goal, and she actually established that last year,” Harris said.