The goal was simple
for Chesterton’s girls’ golf team: Advance out of the sectional.
With a team total
of 410, the Trojans held off Portage by four strokes to place second at the
Valparaiso Sectional held at Valparaiso Country Club.
The host Vikings
won their third straight sectional with a 334 led by medalist Grace Cusson,
who shot a six-over par 78.
and Portage advance as teams to next Saturday’s Lafayette Jefferson Regional
at Battle Ground Golf Club.
“We were here
against Valpo in a match earlier this year we shot a 238 over nine holes so
we were a little nervous that (Friday) would go a little bit differently,”
Chesterton coach Jordan Nelson said. “The girls put a lot of work in and a
lot of preparation and played a heck of a lot better today. We knew if we
were somewhere around 400, we had a pretty good chance to advance.
improved 10 strokes off last year’s score which was aided by a medalist
performance by Elyse Stasil.
“We had Stasil’s
score last year and still shot a 420 and our lowest score was 100 today, so
everyone’s right around that number. That’s a pretty good improvement,”
Nelson said. “We have a super young core we’ve been working with all season
and we’re excited for them to get a chance to play at regionals.”
Chesterton was led
by 100s from both Madison Simms and Addison Gentry, the team’s No. 1 and 5
“Gentry has been in
kind of a JV/varsity role all season,” Nelson said. “She played really well
at the Pat Ford Invitational last week and has been playing pretty solid as
of late and obviously she was a big contributing factor in that No. 5 spot
for us today. She’s been trying to get anywhere under 100 and was a little
disappointed to not get under it, but it was still a solid score.
“Sims is a junior,
but is still our oldest varsity golfer. She’s been trying to turn some
corners this year. She had some better rounds as a sophomore and has been
working on getting to that level again. She’s still been a contributing
factor every time she’s played.”
(104), Brooke Smith (106) and Peyton Martinson (110) rounded out the scores
for the Trojans.
“A couple of girls
struggled a little bit, but for the most part it was a good team score and
it was good enough to get out,” Nelson said.
COUNTRY CLUB, Par 72
1. Valparaiso, 334;
2. Chesterton, 410; 3. Portage, 414; 4. Boone Grove, 471; 5. Hanover
Central, 502; 6. LaCrosse, 520.
Valparaiso -- Grace
Cusson 78 (MEDALIST), Claire Lee 83, Wynne Aldrich 83, Annika Johnson 90.
Madison Simms 100, Addison Gentry 100, Katelyn McCoy 104, Brooke Smith 106,
Peyton Martinson 110.
Portage -- Olivia
Wood 84, Peyton Panozzo 106, Hannah Doell 108, Gina Kapinos 116.
Boone Grove -- Brei
111, Ehrlich 113, Olivia Mshar 123, Sami Mokol 124.
Hanover Central --
Sitkowski 109, Madison Victor 122, Sophia Sanchez 129, Alora Kelly 142.
LaCrosse -- Autumn
Scarborough 114, Madison Conover 120, Samantha Vance 136, Noel Bouborekas
Wheeler -- Caitlin
Strezovski 123, Reema Zabaneh 142, Taylor Joseph 172.
Emmani Ellis 157, Chanel Day 161, Razariah Combs 172.