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Trojan girls golf team finishes 3rd at IHSAA State Finals

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Chesterton girls golf coach Dale Hewitt couldn’t have written a better script for the 2015 season.

And this weekend’s final chapter gave the Trojans the school’s best-ever finish at the IHSAA State Finals as they finished third overall.

“We wanted to win DAC, Sectional and knew we had a chance to win the Regional,” Hewitt said. “(Winning) Regional was like icing on the cake because we’d never done it before. Finishing third (at State) is more than I could have imagined when the year started.”

The Trojans were tied for fifth after the opening day on Friday at Prairie View Golf Club in Carmel.

“There were 10 teams after the first day that were all right there,” Hewitt said. “Play conservative on the second day because of the weather and stay away from the big number. That was our plan.”

The Trojans continued to fight the field and the weather and fought their way to a third place team score of 692 behind State Champion Evansville North (651) and Westfield (666).

“It was just brutal conditions,” Hewitt said. “It was really cold, really windy. I like to play and I wouldn’t have played on a day like that.”

Chesterton was one of the first team’s off the course on Saturday and then it was just a matter of watching the scoreboard.

“It was incredible watching the numbers get posted,” Hewitt said. “Our goal was to get to the medal stand (top 4). We were one of the first teams in. It was pretty cool as numbers got put up. We were seventh. Then we were sixth. All of a sudden, we were in third and everybody was in.”

The Trojans were led by Elyse Stasil with a 170 team score, including an 81 on Saturday. Senior Grace Davis shot 172 for the weekend with a solid 84 on Saturday.

“Elyse really played great on the second day and so did Grace to come in with a lower score than Friday,” Hewitt said. “We didn’t do anything exceptional, we just played really tough and gutted it out. You can’t worry about anybody going crazy low. It was just avoiding big numbers.”

Cara Kroeger shot 174 and Andrea Hanas backed that up with a 176. Lexy Hanas rounded out the scoring with a 207.

“All year we’ve talked about it being a team effort,” Hewitt said. “If we could get four scores in the 80’s both days, we’d be fine. We didn’t have anything super low, just four solid courses. That’s what we’ve done all year. That’s been our formula all year.”

Davis was the lone senior on the Trojans as they look ahead to 2016.

“Grace earned All-State honors,” Hewitt said. “It’ll be hard to replace her, she’s been so good for us for four years.”

Lake Central’s Alexis Miestowski won the individual state title with a 145 total score that included a 76 on Friday and three-under-par 69 on Saturday.

IHSAA State Finals

AT PRAIRIE VIEW GC (Carmel), Par 72

Team Results

1. Evansville North 651, 2. Westfield 666, 3. Chesterton 692, 4. Evansville Memorial 699, 5. Indianapolis Cathedral 700, 6. Center Grove 702, 7. (tie) Zionsville, Columbus North and Bloomington South 709, 10. Fishers 711, 11. Penn 712, 12. Crown Point 717, 13. Leo 742, 14. Western 747, 15. Northwood 761.

Individual Results

Chesterton -- Elyse Stasil 89-81 170, Grace Davis 88-84 172, Cara Kroeger 88-86 174, Andrea Hanas 88-88 176, Lexy Hanas 111-96 207.

Medalist: Alexis Miestowski (Lake Central) 76-69 145



Posted 10/5/2015




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