Girls golf: Kiana Jongsma looking toward state finals run
By Mike Hutton 613-0141 or email@example.com Twitter: @MikeHuttonPT September 8, 2013 9:08PM
Lake Central's Kiana Jongsma 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
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Lake Central coach Chris Rossiano said Kiana Jongsma has one of the best golf swings in Northwest Indiana.
“In my opinion, she is the best ball striker in the Duneland (Conference) other than Harley (Dubsky),” he said.
That means something, since Dubsky has only had two rounds this year so far where she didn’t break par.
Rossiano is happy to have a player like Jongsma, who takes deep, healthy divots and hits the ball a long way, at the top of his lineup.
It’s hard to say exactly who the second best golfer in Northwest Indiana is, but Jongsma is in a group, along with Jennifer Gough of Valparaiso, Kyle Shoemake of Lake Central and Tiffany Curtis of Crown Point, that is just a notch below Dubsky.
She had her best round of the season at the Duneland Meet at the Brassie Golf Club with a 75. Dubsky finished with a 67 that day.
Rossiano said that Jongsman big nemesis held her back that day: She finished with 37 putts.
“I think she hit like 14 or 15 greens,” he said. “Thirty-seven putts won’t cut it when you are striking the ball that well. She should be scoring in the low to mid 70s consistently.”
Jongsma is keenly aware of her short game deficiencies, which she said are limited to her putting.
“I’m trying to putt better,” she said. “I have better alignment. I read the greens well but I definitely have to work on my distance and feel. It’s hard but I’m getting there.”
Rossiano said her “overall mental lapses around the greens are something she has to work on.”
Jongsma, a broad shouldered powerful player, said she got interested in golf when she was six years old and her grandmother wanted someone to play with.
No one would go with her so she took Kiana to Woodmar Country Club. The more she played, the more she liked it — and the longer she got.
One of her greatest attributes is her distance — only Dubsky hits longer than her.
“I’ve always been a long hitter,” she said, “even when I was a freshman and I didn’t hit it that far.”
Jongsma is part of a one-two combination that is very good. Shoemake, a junior, typically plays ahead of her though Rossiano said both players are equally good.
“The reality is I’m lucky to have two number one players,” he said. “It’s something most coaches would love to have.”
Jongsma has some very specific goals this year.
She wants her team to qualify for state and she wants to finisher higher than she did last year at the state meet, where she tied for 32nd.