DEMOTTE — Alexis Miestowski has accomplished a great deal throughout her four years at Lake Central.
That doesn’t mean coach Chris Rossiano gets tired of watching the Indiana recruit dominate the competition.
Miestowski tied a Kankakee Valley Invitational record on Monday afternoon with a career-best 63 as the Indians edged Valparaiso by eight strokes to finish atop the 16-team field at Sandy Pines Golf Club in DeMotte.
The Lake Central senior had an eagle to go along with nine birdies on Monday and she finished 12 strokes better than Valparaiso’s Wynne Aldrich for medalist honors.
“I really spent the last three holes just following Alexis,” Rossiano. “It’s that Michael Jordan thing. You just want to watch. It’s become an expectation for Alexis to go sub-par, but it’s never anything that I take for granted.”
Miestowski’s career-best round matched former Chesterton star Kelly Grassel’s round of 63 from the 2012 Kankakee Valley Invitational. Rossiano was left shaking his head when looking over her scores.
“It’s just incredible,” Rossiano said. “I couldn’t, on my best day, shoot that round with the same yardage.”
Miestowski took a brief moment to acknowledge the fact she delivered a career-best performance, but the 2015 state champion was already discussing with Rossiano how to improve after she turned in her scorecard. When not focusing on improvement, Miestowski never let her thoughts go beyond the rest of her teammates.
“I just wanted to come out and shoot the best score that I could for my team,” Miestowski said. “This was a pretty important (invite). We’re all just going out there and trying to put our best scores up. We’re doing well early in the season.”
While the Indians walked away with the championship hardware on Monday, Valparaiso wasn’t far behind. Aldrich (75) was the individual runner-up and teammate Grace Cusson (76) equaled Portage’s Olivia Wood for third-place honors.
“The last three rounds we’ve played (against Lake Central), we’ve gotten closer to them,” Valparaiso coach Bill Miller said. “The first round we were 15 strokes back, then we were 12 strokes back, now today we’re eight strokes back. I’m pretty happy with our improvement.”
Miller has plenty of experience battling the top golfers in the area, having taken his Valparaiso teams up against Grassel for four years. Now with Miestowski running over the competition, Miller is focusing on keeping the Vikings within striking distance as the competitions surge toward the postseason.
“We hope in each match we have that we can put a little more pressure on them,” Miller said. “Lake Central is the measuring stick right now.”