Following a pair of
bogeys towards the end of her round at the Lafayette Jeff Regional,
Chesterton’s Elyse Stasil needed a confidence boost.
That boost came
from Chesterton girls’ golf coach Jordan Nelson who delivered a challenge to
Stasil to birdie her last three holes.The Trojans’ senior would deliver two
of the three birdies that were agreed upon with her birdie putt burning the
edge on the 18th hole.
Battling a myriad
of problems ranging from the 95-degree heat, migraines, and nausea, Stasil
went on to earn medalist honors at the Battle Ground Golf Club firing a
one-under par-71 with three birdies on the back-nine.
Ê“We thought the
last three holes were birdie-able holes and we wanted to take advantage of
that,” Nelson said. "Once she finished, we knew she’d be right around a good
number to be a medalist. During her first 10, 11 holes in Friday’s practice
round, it wasn’t the Elyse that I know, but ÊI knew with her familiarity
with the course that she’d put it together in a pressure situation and she
did exactly that.”
The Trojans senior
gave big props to her coach for her medalist-earning performance.
really got me through that round at the end,” Stasil said. “He lifted my
spirits. I was feeling sick and wasn’t on the top of my game and he fired me
up there. I had just come off two bogeys but I didn’t get down on myself and
grinded until the end and birdied two of the last three holes.
“Honestly, I would
not have made any birdies had he not talked to me.”
Stasil now joins
her brother, Nick, who was the LaPorte Regional medalist for the Trojans
back in 2009.
“It means a lot to
win being my last year, my senior year,” she said. “It’s a confidence
booster going into state, too. Having won like my brother has is great. He’s
definitely a major part of my life and he’s always helped me on the course.”
It wasn’t the first
time Stasil had thought about the number 71 either as she mentioned an
interaction with Chesterton assistant principal Brent Martinson, whose
daughter Peyton is on the team.
“He wrote ‘71’ down
on a little piece of a paper during lunch hour last week and handed it to me
and I went and shot exactly that,” Stasil said.
As a team, the
Trojans finished just 16th out of 18 with 398 points but Nelson still liked
what he saw as the team made perhaps its biggest stride of the season.
Madison Simms (95),
Addison Gentry (113), Bethany House (119) and Peyton Martinson (130) rounded
out the scoring for Chesterton.
“I’m happy with the
team as a whole,” he said. “We started the year with pretty raw talent and I
didn’t see us breaking 400 as a possibility this year. I’m pretty happy with
the work the girls have put in.
“Elyse has worked
really well with the other girls and that’s been really nice to watch, too.”
Stasil will compete
as an individual at the IHSAA State Finals on Friday and Saturday at Prairie
View Golf Club in Carmel. Stasil will tee off on Friday at 8:39 a.m. and
play alongside Kristen Hobbs of Lapel and Bradeyn O’Dell of Northridge.
Lafayette Jeff won
the regional with a score of 322 as runner-up Culver Academies scored 326.
Valpo was third and also advanced as a team totaling a 331.
AT BATTLE GROUND
GOLF CLUB, Par 72
1. Lafayette Jeff
322, 2. Culver Academies 326, 3. Valparaiso 331, 4. Lake Central 336, 5.
Western 346, 6. Crown Point 352, 7. Munster 353, 8. Northwestern 354, 9.
Kokomo 355, 10. LaPorte 362, 11. Twin Lakes 369, 12. Kankakee Valley 374,
13. Harrison (West Lafayette) 386, 14. Rensselaer 386, 15. McCutcheon 396,
16. Chesterton 398, 17. Portage 402, 18. Michigan City 402.
VALPARAISO - Wynne
Aldrich 79, Grace Cusson 80, Ema Gilliana 83, Annika Johnson 89, Claire Lee
LAKE CENTRAL -
Miestowski 75, Dominique Colantuono 85, Dannielle Colantuono 87, Isable
Spanburg 89, Sarah Sanders 90.
CROWN POINT -
Madelyn Adams 79, Delaney Adams 86, Gabby Sopher 91, Emma Baker 96, Sydney
MUNSTER - Ananaya
Sharma 80, Euna Lee 82, Grace Gozdecki 94, Emma Ladd 97, Haleigh Gronwold
LAPORTE - Hannah
Schuster 86, Claire Miller 90, Emily Wilmsen 92, Bethany Schuster 94,
Madeline Fleshman 99.
KANKAKEE VALLEY -
Hannah Herma 78, Halle Gutwein 86, Sara Groen 99, Maggie Hufnagel 111.
CHESTERTON - Elyse
Stasil 71, Madison Simms 95, Addison Gentry 113, Bethany House 119, Peyton
MICHIGAN CITY - Lia
Thomas 90, Emily Gushrowski 94, Sara Poulin 101, Evangelea Dabagia 117, Emma
PORTAGE - Olivia
Wood 82, Delaney Samuels 99, Peyton Panozzo 108, Gina Kapinos 113, Hannah
CULVER ACADEMY -
Reese Wilson 77, Amanda Kurteff 77, Masako Hatano 84, Jiayi Wang 88, Katie
LAFAYETTE) - Wesley Bradley 84, Gabby Reynolds 99, Sophie Long 104, Sidney
Mills 111, Lauren Laux 99.
KOKOMO - Kiah
Parrott 78, Sydney Murphy 90, Haley Salinas 92, Mackenzie Smith 106, Molly
- Megan Donahue 76, Jordan Cox 78, Sydney Gregory 84, Ashlynn Cox 84,
Courtney Walter 91.
Jessica Wood 88, Aubrey Pantell 97, Crysta Dilley 109, Sarah Spalding 102,
Anabelle Knoy 114.
Emily Martin 89, Allison Miller 86, Amanda Wilson 87, Hannah Newell 92,
Grace Guerre 110.
- Kerry Branson 77, Katie Myers 102, Abbigale Mahan 101, Meredith Lucero
106, Hannah Hall 132.
TWIN LAKES -
Mallory Gardiner 95, Gabby Snowberger 83, Danielle D’Andrea 110, Tamra
Malden 92, Hadley Pell 99.
WESTERN - Lauren
Tuchschere 93, Trina Gill 80, Andrea Peterson 90, Torrie Smith 87, Kaitlyn
BENTON CENTRAL -
Abigail Matson 100.
BOONE GROVE - Katie
Brel 115, Annaika Ehlrich 105, Stephanie DeLaFuente 105.
FRANKFORT - Kate
Benfiel 86, Sydney Cesare 97.
JOHN GLENN - Abby
Catherine Brzycki 89.
HIGHLAND - Kylie
LEWIS CASS - olivia
MACONAQUAH - Renae
MARQUETTE - Teresa Dorado 77.
NEW PRAIRIE - Kara
NORTH NEWTON -
Chanel Novack 114, Mackenzie Dresbaugh 82.
TIPTON - Emma Kelly
WINAMAC - Jillian