EDINBURGH — Coming off one of its worst outings of the season, the Columbus North girls golfers were looking for a little redemption.
The third-ranked Bull Dogs found that Monday. They fired a 306 at Timbergate to repeat as Conference Indiana champions.
“A 306 is a good score here,” North coach Scott Seavers said. “We were not very happy with the way we played and not satisfied with our score Saturday because we’re better than that. So I was looking for us to bounce back, and hopefully, this will give us a little bit of confidence going into the sectional.”
The Bull Dogs shot a 327 on Saturday at Smock to finish third in the Franklin Central Invitational. Monday, all five of their golfers finished in the top seven individually.
Seniors Danbi Kim and Julia Luken led North with a pair of 2-over-par 74s.
“This should spike our confidence after Saturday after we didn’t play our best,” Luken said. “We bounced back and played better. It really boosted my confidence because that’s my best round this season.”
Kim and Luken tied for second individually, one shot off the pace. Terre Haute South’s Jenna Fegan won medalist honors with a 73.
Luken’s round included three birdies and five bogeys. Kim had three birdies, three bogeys and one double-bogey.
“I was fine with how I played,” Kim said. “I had a couple bad shots here and there, so it could have improved, but I’m not upset at all about my score. We’re really confident for sectional now, and I know we’re going to do really well.”
Luken’s 74 was her best ever in competition. She also had a 74 in last year’s Conference Indiana Tournament at Cascades.
Kim’s 74 was six shots better than she was on Saturday. Luken was 10 shots better.
“Those 74s are big,” Seavers said. “It really helps us out as a team. I’m happy for Julia and Danbi. Julia just played her heart out today. She stayed focused and helped carry us.”
Alex Munnicha finished fourth individually with a 77 for the Bull Dogs. Nathaly Munnicha and Molly Donnell each shot 81 to tie for sixth.
North’s conference title is its second in a row, fourth in the past five years and ninth in 11 years.
Terre Haute South finished second as a team with a 340. Perry Meridian took third with a 353, followed by Bloomington South (367), Bloomington North (398), Franklin Central (409), Terre Haute North (416) and Southport (417).
Columbus North hosts Columbus East today at Harrison Lake Country Club and closes the regular season Wednesday at Greensburg. Both North and East will play in the sectional Saturday at Greensburg Country Club.