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It was just one stroke.
Columbus North junior Sydney Anderson, starting play Monday in the Conference Indiana Tournament on the No. 15, par-3 hole, had a four-inch putt for bogey.
At the time, it might have seemed like just a minor annoyance, but Anderson finished in a tie for second at 77 on the par-72 layout at Harrison Lake Country Club.
Bloomington South’s Emma Fisher won the medalist honors, by a stroke over Anderson and Bloomington South’s Charise Otter.
“It’s a tap-in,” said Anderson, who led the Bull Dogs to the team championship by 22 strokes. “Just tap it in.
“I just forgot for a second. It never will happen again.”
North coach Scott Seavers agreed that his junior will be unlikely to make that mistake again.
“You hate to see that at any time,” Seavers said. “But I think it will help her in the long run.”
Making her mistake even a little stranger, Fisher, Otter and Anderson all went to the No. 1 tee to begin a playoff. All three were given 77 totals.
But as they were getting ready to tee off, a scoring error was discovered. Fisher’s total was really a 76.
Since Conference Indiana gets North started toward its hope of qualifying the entire team for the state meet, the players all knew they need to post lower scores in the near future (sectional play begins Saturday), despite their easy tournament win.
“My irons have been a little whacked,” Anderson said. “But I will pull myself together.”
North golfers Samantha McQueen (89) and Laura Backmeyer (92) both earned all-conference honors with Anderson. Holly Anderson shot a 95 for North’s fourth score, while Morgan Deis had a 96.
“I got off to a rocky start, but I thought my round was OK,” McQueen said. “I need to improve my drives.”
Backmeyer said she thought she played well considering the weather was overcast and a bit windy, making the course player tougher. “I hit the ball solid,” she said.
But can she drop those scores to help the team earn a state berth?
“I think we all will play our best (in the tournaments),” she said.
Holly Anderson was a bit disappointed with her round but was headed to the practice range “to get everything fixed.”
Deis said all the Bull Dogs are doing everything they can to get back to the state meet. “I think we all feel pressure to help each other,” she said.
North had a 353 overall score, while second-place Perry Meridian and third-place Bloomington South finished at 375. Perry Meridian won the tiebreaker as No. 5 player Hanna Fidler shot 102, while Bloomington South’s Lindsey Bomba carded a 137.
“I was happy for our girls,” North coach Scott Seavers said of the championship. “I feel we are prepared (for the sectional). I guess I am happy most with our steadiness. That’s what it takes a lot of times.”
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