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Chesterton Girls Golf finishes fifth in DAC Tournament

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Last year, Chesterton had one of the best golfers in the state in Elyse Stasil, yet finished at the bottom of the Duneland Athletic Conference tournament.

The star power is gone, with Stasil now playing at the University of Indianapolis, but the Trojans, slowly but surely, are making strides as a team.

"We were seventh, but Merrillville didn't have a team, so we were last," Chesterton coach Jordan Nelson said. "Elyse shot a 76 and we shot 440."

Monday at the blustery Brassie, the Trojans didn't have anyone remotely close to a 76, though they still took 34 strokes off last year's total, finishing fifth in the eight-team field at 406.

"Fifth is a nice improvement," said Nelson, whose team topped Portage (423) to move up a spot from the dual meet standings. "It's a super young group, a senior, a sophomore, two freshmen and a junior. It's a big process, and they've certainly made a lot of progress. They're all making drastic improvement."

Madi Simms' 92 led the way for host Chesterton, followed by freshman Katelyn McCoy (100), Peyton Martinson (102), freshman Brooke Smith (112) and Hailee Ellenwood (115).

"Peyton was around 150 last season," Nelson said. "Brooke was a little bit off, but overall she's been really solid. Katelyn has come in and has been really solid all season."

Defending champion Valparaiso, third in the DAC duals at 5-2, took the team title with a 334, topping Lake Central (342) and Crown Point (353) for the top spot behind four scores of 85 or better. The Indians win the overall championship, which combines finishes in the dual matches and the tournament.

"Next year, we're going to be good and we're going to have a good, solid core back the year after that," Nelson said. "We're going to work to get better and keep improving."

Nelson likes how the team is progressing heading into Friday's Valpo Sectional.

"Our goal is to advance," he said. "Until (last) Friday (at the Pat Ford Invitational), we were struggling a little bit, but we got a lot better. We're trending in the right direction. We've got more work to do, but I think we can do a lot of damage."

L.C.'s Isabel Spanburg was medalist with a 77 with Valpo's Wynne Aldrich (80) second and C.P.'s Delaney Adams (82) third.

DAC Tournament


Team Results

1. Valparaiso, 334; 2. Lake Central, 342; 3. Crown Point, 353; 4. Michigan City, 370; 5. Chesterton, 406; 6. Portage, 423; 7. LaPorte, 478; 8. Merrillville, 610.

Individual Results

Chesterton -- Madi Simms 92, Katelyn McCoy 100, Peyton Martinson 102, Brooke Smith 112, Hailee Ellenwood 115.

Crown Point -- D. Adams 82, M. Adams 89, Weiner 90, Weiss 92.

Lake Central -- Spanburg 77 (MEDALIST), Do. Colantuono 84, Da. Colantuono 90, Lippe 91.

LaPorte -- Fleshman 96, Hull 119, M. Schable 127, E. Schable 136.

Merrillville -- Romer 115, Ellis 158, Combs 164, Day 173.

Michigan City -- Skibinski 88, Poulin 93, Thomas 94, Gushrowski 95.

Portage -- Wood 84, Panozzo 104, Doell 115, Kapinos 120.

Valparaiso -- Aldrich 80, Lee 84, Cusson 85, Johnson 85.


Posted 9/11/2018





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