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NEW CASTLE — Columbus North junior Sydney Anderson came into this year’s golf season determined to improve on her 11th-place state finish last season.
After finishing second individually in Saturday’s New Castle Regional, she will get that opportunity on Friday and Saturday.
Anderson finished in a tie for first with Cathedral’s Karli LeGrotte after shooting a 74 on the par-72 Westwood Golf Club. Anderson then lost an one-hole play-off with LeGrotte to finish runner-up.
“It feels great to be able to go back to state,” Anderson said. “I feel I’ve improved since last year, so I expect my score will too.”
On the 18th hole, Anderson double-hit on a chip shot, a mistake that cost her a stroke on her score. That mistake cost her first place for the day.
“I’m disappointed how the mistake happened,” Anderson said. “Making a mental mistake like that is annoying.”
No. 14 Columbus East finished fourth as a team in the eighteen team tournament scoring a 348, while No. 17 North finished fifth with 350. No. 6 Hamilton Southeastern (330), No. 5 Noblesville (333) and No. 8 Yorktown (333) advance to the state championships.
“All the scores were a little inflated today, but it’s regional and there’s pressure on these girls,” East coach Troy Buntin said. “I was proud how we improved as the day went on. When you start poorly, it’s easy to fold, but our girls didn’t today.”
“I feel like we left some strokes out there but overall fairly satisfied,” North coach Scott Seavers said. “I’m obviously very happy with Sydney’s play today. I think she has the ability to definitely place in the top 10 at state. She’s one of the best golfers in the state of Indiana.”
The excitement of playing for a chance to advance to the state championship caused some of the players to battle nerves as they prepared to play.
“We were nervous to be here today and to be playing in regional,” said Olympian sophomore Rebecca Smith, who shot 90. “Things didn’t work out for us but we’re proud to have been here.”
“I feel good about my day today,” said North senior Sam McQueen, who shot 84. “I had a couple of bad holes, but you always look back at where you could’ve shaved a few strokes. I was very nervous today, even though I played in regionals last year.”
East was led by senior Caroline Smith, who shot a 83, just missing the cut by two strokes.
“My front nine was not good and my back nine wasn’t good enough to make up for it,” Smith said. “My shots just weren’t there today.”
“I was very nervous today,” said North freshman Holly Anderson, who shot a 90. “Being a freshman and at regional for the first time was a little scary. I was proud to be here today and to have this chance.”
“Holly played a solid game today,” Seavers said. “She avoided the big scores and remained consistent. I’m proud of her for playing here as a freshman and remaining calm under pressure.”
Maggie Frazier shot 87, Abby Frazier had an 88 and Nicole Bodi finished with a 95 for East. Lauren Backmeyer shot 102, and Morgan Deis had a 105 for North.
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