Speed not North’s ticket, Dogs place 2nd in conference tourney

BLOOMINGTON — Columbus North’s chance of repeating as champion was in jeopardy from the start of the Conference Indiana Tournament at Bloomington Country Club on Monday.

The third-ranked Bull Dogs dug themselves a hole early adjusting to the greens and never quite recovered as Bloomington South took advantage with a 332 that was good for the title.

Columbus North finished as the conference runner-up at 348, while Terre Haute North, which didn’t seem to handle the speed of the greens, was third at 368.

“The greens affected all of us,” said North sophomore Danbi Kim, who led the Bull Dogs with an 83 to tie for fourth place individually. “They were fast, and I was so nervous hitting them whether it was going to be long or short. It really affected my mental game.”

Like Kim, North junior Holly Anderson said the greens played a huge factor in her round.

“The chipping and putting did not help,” said Anderson, who shot an 87 to tie for sixth place individually. “The greens were fast today, and I don’t think anyone expected that.”

Anderson was not too upset with her round afterward, though, but said that she left a lot of opportunities on the course.

“I know I could have done a lot better,” Anderson said. “I just was not hitting the ball like I expected. I have been shooting in the 70s most of the year and I wanted to keep that going.”

North coach Scott Seavers agreed.

“We didn’t play our best golf today,” Seavers said. “The greens were really fast, and give credit to Bloomington South, they played well on their home course.”

Bloomington South’s Cherise Otter repeated as individual conference champion by shooting a 73. Panther teammate Emma Fisher finished second with a 76. Megan Ramer of Terre Haute North claimed third with an 81.

North’s Alex Munnicha and Julia Luken both carded an 89, which tied for eighth individually. Aubrey Smith shot a 97 for the Bull Dogs.

By finishing individually in the top 10, Kim, Anderson, Munnicha and Luken made the All-Conference team.

Before the Bull Dogs can get ready for the sectional, which start Saturday, they have a match today against crosstown rival Columbus East at Harrison Lake beginning at 4 p.m.

“We are going to talk about getting focused now,” Seavers said. “We have to take it one match at a time and refocus again regardless of the outcome (of the conference meet). We’ve got Greensburg (Wednesday) after East. We just need to go out there and give it our best.”

At a glance

Conference Indiana Girls Golf

at Bloomington Country Club

Team scores

1. Bloomington South 332

2. Columbus North 348

3. Terre Haute North 368

4. Terre Haute South 371

5. Bloomington North 383

6. Perry Meridian 389

7. Southport 426

8. Franklin Central 453

Individual results

1. Cherise Otter, Bloomington South 73

2. Emma Fisher, Bloomington South 76

3. Megan Ramer, Terre Haute North 81

4T. Danbi Kim, Columbus North 83

4T. Ali Danielson, Terre Haute South 83

6T. Holly Anderson, Columbus North 87

6T. Cydney Bomba, Bloomington South 87

8T. Alex Munnicha, Columbus North 89

8T. Julia Luken, Columbus North 89

8T. Layla Ahmadi, Terre Haute North 89