CARMEL – It rained, the temperatures got colder and the wind continued to blow during Day 2 of the girls state golf meet Saturday at Prairie View Golf Club. And top-ranked Evansville North again showed it was the best team in the state – for the second straight year.
After building a 16-stroke lead on the field during Friday’s opening round, the Huskies came back with a 319 Saturday for a two-day 651, 26 strokes better than second-ranked Westfield.
Despite the thermometer never hitting 50, combined with wind gusts and occasional rain, the Huskies got a 72 from Hadley Walts and a 77 from Emma Kieffer on Saturday. Both finished in the top four among individuals for the tournament.
Westfield shot a 350 on Friday but bounced back Saturday with a 327, the second-lowest 18-hole score on the day.
“The kids all said they didn’t feel like the weather was the reason for their scores,” Westfield coach Trevor Neu said. “I think them knowing that, they had a better mindset today going out there. It was tougher conditions today. It was a lot colder, for sure.”
Cailyn Henderson shook off an 85 on Friday to card a 74 Saturday and finish in 10th place overall. Teammate Adrienne Montalone added a 76 Saturday for a two-day 161.
“(Friday) we felt like we were better than what we shot,” Neu said. “(Saturday) we went out and we were right there with Evansville North all day. Through 27 holes we were with them. We just had kind of a nine-hole stretch that got us.”
Tied for ninth after the first round, No. 5 Cathedral shaved 12 strokes off its opening-round score to finish with a fifth-place two-day 700. Betsy Werner shot a 79 on Saturday for the Irish.
“All year long when we haven’t played well on the front nine or whatever, we’ve come back and played well,” Irish coach Pat Fagan said. “We didn’t play well (Friday), and we came back and played well (Saturday). We had a little trouble finishing … but all in all, I’m really proud of them.”
Eleventh-ranked Center Grove, which was in second place heading into Saturday, shot a 354 to finish at 702 and in sixth place. The Trojans got a 78 on Saturday from Sydney Abbott.
Eighth-ranked Zionsville finished tied for seventh, while No. 9 Fishers was 10th.
Lake Central’s Alexis Miestowski shrugged off the conditions and shot a three-under 69 Saturday to finish with a two-day 145 and win the individual title. The sophomore birdied four holes on the front nine for a 32 and then closed with seven straight pars after bogeying No. 11.