Girls golf: Led by Harley Dubsky, Valpo wins first DAC meet in 7 years
By Mike Hutton firstname.lastname@example.org or 613-0141 August 19, 2013 9:22PM
Valparaiso's Harley Dubsky competes during a Duneland Athletic Conference meet at The Brassie Golf Club in Chesterton on Monday, August 19, 2013. | Michael Gard/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 21, 2013 6:29AM
CHESTERTON — It’s been the Harley Dubsky show all season so why would the Duneland Athletic Conference Meet be any different?
The No. 1 golfer for Valparaiso has put on a clinic worthy of national attention — going under par in every single event she has played in.
On Monday, at the Brassie Golf Club, Dubsky racked up a ho-hum round of 67, which was 5-under par, and the Vikings cruised to their first DAC title in seven seasons. Valparaiso finished with 317. Crown Point was second with a 335.
Breaking the Chesterton stranglehold on the DAC title was really important for the Vikings. The Trojans, led mostly by Kelly Grassel, had won it six straight years.
“This was big for us,” Valparaiso coach Bill Miller said. “Harley was phenomenal at 5-under. That just set the tone. Jen (Gough) came in with a 77. I’m happy. Our goal at beginning of the year is win the DAC Tournament.”
The Vikings would still be really good without Dubsky. Consider this: If she shoots a 77 instead of 67, they still win by eight strokes.
As it is, Dubsky is able to put the team on a different level of good.
The Vikings are ranked No. 4 in the state and on Saturday, they are playing in the Hall of Fame Tournament, which has just about every quality team in the state participating in it.
The Vikings look like the kind of team, with Dubsky as the anchor and with a year’s worth of experience at the state tournament, that could actually do well in state competition.
Dubsky started off the front nine in an average sort of way, making one birdie and one bogey for an even par round.
Then on No. 10, she made a nice birdie putt and on No. 11, a par 5, she put one close and made eagle.
“OK, now we can get it going,” she said.
Dubsky made three more birdies and a bogey coming, rounding off her 36 with a 37.
Dubsky knew she’d be better this year after working hard on her short game at the academy she attends in the winter.
She didn’t know that it would be this good.
“I didn’t think I’d have this great of a start to the season, “she said. “My goal was to have an average under 72. This start was pretty crazy. I’ve been able to take everything I’ve learned over the past couple of years and put it together.”
The second best score of the day came from Kiana Jongsma of Lake Central. Jongsma shot a 75 — it was her best score in tournament play.