From The Pilot-News
LaPORTE, Ind. — Culver Girls Academy made the most of its new sectional realignment on Friday, Sept. 20.
The Lady Eagles carded a 349 at Beechwood Golf Course in their first year after transferring out of the Warsaw tourney to the LaPorte Sectional, beating out the field by a convincing 43 strokes to end a 14-year sectional championship drought.
LaPorte shot 392 for runner-up honors in the team standings, while John Glenn earned its second straight team regional berth just a stroke back, and Knox finished sixth with a 475 score.
CGA, LaPorte and John Glenn advance to the Lafayette Jefferson Regional Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Battle Ground Golf Club in Lafayette.
“It was a nice day for the girls, it was a nice day for me,” said CGA girls golf coach Fred Haase. “We haven’t really competed for a sectional title since my daughter Caroline (2003) was here. It was an end to a long drought, and I think everyone was pretty happy and pretty relieved after the day was over.”
CGA’s top three finished as the top three overall at the sectional as junior Tavia Maurovic (Windsor, Ontario) shot 80 to earn individual low-medalist honors at par 74 Beechwood. Sophomore Lauren Read (Bremen, Ind.) and junior Mackenzie Toth (Ann Arbor, Mich.) both carded 86, freshman Hannah Brumback (New Albany, Ohio) shot 97, and junior Makenna Morsches (Kansas City, Mo.) turned in the team’s fifth score of 112.
Sitting at 173 at the turn, the Eagles already had the championship in the bag.
“When you have three scores like that it really puts you in the driver’s seat,” said Haase. “We were 26 strokes up after nine holes so at that point I think a lot of the pressure was off, and it made the back nine a lot more relaxing and fun to watch.”
With two of the state’s top-ranked teams in Valparaiso and Lafayette Jefferson heading to Battle Ground, CGA will be competing for the third spot out to the state finals at the Legends in Franklin on Oct. 4.
It’s a bit of a long shot, but anything’s possible, says Haase
“I’m guessing it’ll take our best round of the year. Our 349 today was our best round of the year, and I’m guessing it’ll take something even better than that to get out of the regional,” said the CGA boss.
“I don’t think we can compete with Valparaiso and Lafayette Jeff… but I think if we can shoot down in the high 330s, which will take us not making some of the mistakes we typically make, who knows? I’d say that will give us a chance.”