Valparaiso’s Harley Dubsky is playing with a lot of confidence heading into her senior season, and that bodes well for the three-time all-state player.
Dubsky, who won the Lafayette Jefferson Regional and finished tied for third at the state tournament as a junior, played in summer tournaments from Pennsylvania to Oklahoma and had her best summer season in the past few years.
“It was a good summer; one of the better ones I have had,” Dubsky said. “I played in difficult fields, and I played well.”
Dubsky, a UNLV recruit, advanced to the match-play round of 64 at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links in Norman, Okla.
Her 36-hole score of 4-over 148, which included a 1-under round of 71 in the second round, tied her for 25th out of 156 golfers.
“She’s pretty seasoned in terms of tournament events,” Valparaiso coach Bill Miller said of Dubsky. “Her confidence level coming in as a senior. I would say it’s at an all-time high. She has the game, and she has spent a lot of time practicing.”
Dubsky also made the 54-hole cut at the American Junior Golf Association’s Rolex Tournament of Champions in Lancaster, Penn. Only 31 of the 60 entrants qualified for the final round, and she finished the event tied for 28th.
“I’ve gotten in more of a groove of playing with pressure and all these great athletes,” Dubsky said. “It helps me be mentally prepared. I would have rounds (in the summer) where I struggled and still played well. Mentally, I have been stronger.”
After leading by example with her play the past three seasons, Dubsky will take on the role of senior leader as well.
“It’s a different position,” she said. “It’s my last chance to make an imprint. I will go about things the same way. I will help the girls in any way I can and answer any questions. We have great support going both ways.”
Miller said that in previous seasons, Dubsky would let her game do the talking and now she has become like a second coach.
“She is very knowledgeable about the game, the rules and the golf swing,” Miller said. “She’s always willing to help her teammates. It’s like having another coach out there. She keeps them loose on the course by joking around. You didn’t see that much the first couple of years.”
Having finished in the top-10 at the state tournament as an individual in each of her first three years, Dubsky has her sights set on both an individual and team state title in her senior season.
“It’s crazy that it’s my last year,” she said. “I’m looking to have fun, and if you put a lot of pressure on yourself, it can crumble a little bit. I have seen seniors who had a lot of pressure on them crumble. I want to play well for the team and see how well we can do.”
“She has become a complete player over the last few years,” Miller added. “She has always been the longest hitter on the course, but over the last two years her short game has become very good. When she is putting well, it makes for a combination that is tough to contend with. She will go down as one of the best players in the state and the best in Valparaiso history.”