VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso girls golf team wasn’t content to simply win its first sectional title in seven years on Saturday.
Instead, the Vikings made sure to do it in record-setting fashion.
Times No. 1 Valparaiso, led by medalist Harley Dubsky, set a new sectional mark with a team score of 336 to win the title at Valparaiso Country Club.
Chesterton’s 2011 sectional championship team had the previous record with a total of 340.
“This group deserves it because we’ve had to compete with Chesterton and their great teams the last six years and never been able to get over the hump,” Valparaiso coach Bill Miller said. “To finally come through with a sectional title is an awesome feeling.”
Dubsky, who was the only player to break par, recorded a 1-under round of 71, which set a new sectional record.
“This course was hard, and they put some pins in tricky places here and there,” Dubsky said. “Even with lift, clean and place throughout the course, the greens were tough. They were fast and they were running smoothly.”
She made a pair of long birdie putts at Nos. 6 and 17, making each one from about 20 feet.
Jennifer Gough recorded an 84 for the Vikings, while Brooke Fullenkamp posted a score of 88.
“It’s sectional and there’s pressure and still to come through and as a team effort shoot 336, we broke the score by four shots,” Miller said. “We’re happy, but we still know there’s work. Next week we have to go out and play some tough teams.”
Valparaiso, along with Chesterton and Portage, which finished second and third, respectively, qualified for the Lafayette Jefferson Regional at Battle Ground on Sept. 28.
LaCrosse’s Lauren Bailey, who shot a round of 88, qualified as an individual along with Merrillville’s Maggie Connelly and Boone Grove’s Abbey Lukas.
“It was tough,” Bailey said. “A lot of girls here are really good, so I’m happy (to be moving on).”
Grace Davis, Andrea Hanas and Cara Kroeger all shot 94 to pace the Trojans, who had three freshmen and a sophomore in the lineup.
“They gained a lot of experience and we are looking forward to going down to Battle Ground,” Chesterton coach Dale Hewitt said. “It’s nice to move on.”