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Valparaiso's Harley Dubsky taking aim at a state title

2013-10-01T18:00:00Z 2013-10-02T01:46:03Z Valparaiso's Harley Dubsky taking aim at a state titleAndrew Stem Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
October 01, 2013 6:00 pm  • 

Valparaiso golfer Harley Dubsky has achieved everything she could up to this point in her senior season.

There is just one thing to add to her list of accomplishments: a state championship.

Dubsky, who finished third last year and has placed in the top 10 in all three previous trips to the state finals, wraps up her high school career with Friday and Saturday’s state finals at The Legends Golf Club in Franklin.

She will try to give Northwest Indiana its third-straight individual state champion after Chesterton’s Kelly Grassel won the previous two, and the Times No. 1 Vikings will try to improve on last year’s tie for fifth and bring the region its first girls team state champion since 1982.

“We can contend without a doubt,” Dubsky said. “We’re going to have to have four strong rounds both days. In the end, the best player and team will win.”

Dubsky has played 11 18-hole tournaments this season, and she finished first or tied for first in 10 events.

She tied for medalist honors at the Center Grove Invitational, which was contested at Legends, with a round of 67.

“She knows this course well, and I think it sets up well for her,” Valparaiso coach Bill Miller said. “It’s a course for her where every hole is a birdie hole, and that’s hard to say for a lot of these golfers.”

Dubsky is a combined 28-under par in all of her rounds this season, and her 18-hole scoring average for the season is 69 -- seven strokes better than the current Valparaiso scoring mark.

“When she graduates, she’s going to hold every record in our record book,” Miller said. “I’m not surprised at the kind of year she’s had. Harley has worked her whole golfing career to become the elite player that she is today.

"This year, the scores don’t lie. She has become that elite player.”

Dubsky said one of the keys to her success has been her mental game.

“I am able to rely on that more and stay positive while I am playing,” she said. “If I get in a rut, I am able to pull myself out a little quicker than I used to.”

Her success in previous rounds at Legends has Dubsky feeling confident headed into the state finals, and she says that is a very good thing.

“That’s the only way you can win is if you are confident in yourself,” she said. “I know there are good players there, and I will just be confident in my game and see what the scores end up being.

"I’m going to be confident and shoot the best two rounds I can those two days and hopefully it works out in my favor.”

As the season winds down, Dubsky is sad to see her high school career come to an end.

“All the girls on our team have been awesome,” she said. “We had a lot of fun. I’ll miss it, that’s for sure. This year has been awesome, and it will be sad when it ends.”

“It’s a great pleasure to have coached Harley,” Miller said. “It’s very rare that you get to coach an athlete who is at such a high level.

"You are always going to have good players, but no one has ever compared to Harley and probably no one will ever compare to Harley in my tenure.”

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