Girls golf: Three DAC teams advance to state finals
LAFAYETTE — Eighteen teams were competing at the Lafayette girls golf regional on Saturday at Battle Ground Country Club, but only one conference made it out.
The Duneland Athletic Conference claimed the three tickets to the state meet, as Valparaiso, Chesterton and Lake Central extended their seasons for another week.
“Northwest Indiana doesn’t get a lot of representation, so I think it’s pretty cool that we have three teams going,” said Lake Central coach Chris Rossiano. “It’s never a bad thing to sweep; it certainly makes our conference look better.”
Valparaiso’s team score of 328 was led by event medalist Harley Dubsky, with a score of 71. But she was more excited about her team’s regional crown — its first since 2006.
“The individual award is great, but the team one is better,” said Dubsky, who was also the regional medalist last season. “To win as a team, that’s four scores that you have to put together against another team’s four scores. Anything can happen.”
“I’m proud of what my team accomplished today,” said Valparaiso coach Bill Miller. “We had just lost to LC a few weeks ago. We’ve had a lot of pressure on us. All year long, our girls have not disappointed.”
Chesterton was one of the first teams to finish on the day, and their score of 330 came from a quartet featuring three underclassmen. Freshman Cara Kroeger shot a 79, sophomore Grace Davis posted an 80 and freshman Andrea Hanas’s 82 was her best score of the season. Senior Taryn Trusty rounded out the group an 89.
“I couldn’t be happier. That’s really just a great score. I think it even surprised them a bit,” said Chesterton coach Dale Hewitt. “Just making it out of here, that’s really an accomplishment.”
Lake Central’s team score of 334 placed them just ahead of Lafayette Jefferson’s score of 335, as the Indians eliminated the regional host and large favorite to advance.
“On the 15th hole, I knew we were in real good shape, but we finished poorly on the last three holes and I was thought we might’ve let it slip away,” Rossanio said. “We knew we had a good shot coming in here.”
A fourth DAC school will be represented at the state meet next week, as Crown Point’s Tiffany Curtis advanced individually with a score of 81.