Dale Hewitt knew chances were incredibly slim that the Chesterton girls golf
team would be able to extend its six-time defending DAC championship meet
streak to another year on Monday afternoon.
Even though the Trojans finished a disappointing fourth place, missing Crown
Point in third place by just one stroke, the Chesterton girls golf coach saw
plenty of positives to take from the annual tournament held at The Brassie.
Chesterton freshman Cara Kroeger led the Trojans by shooting a 76, while
Gracie Jones added an 84.
“Considering we started three freshmen, I’m pretty happy with how the day
went,” Hewitt said. “I would’ve liked to have taken third place, but there
was a lot of good golf out on the course today.”
Valparaiso’s Harley Dubsky carded an eagle and five birdies to take medalist
honors (67) at the course that has been dominated by Chesterton’s Kelly
Grassel for the last four years. The Michigan State commit was on hand to
cheer on the Trojans as was former golfer Marissa Kroeger, who was checking
out her younger sister.
“This was a great experience for me today,” the younger Kroeger said. “I was
finally able to break 80 and I feel like I am just going to continue to
improve from here.”
The Vikings won the meet by shooting a 317 while Lake Central finished in
second place with 335 strokes. Crown Point carded a 342 and the Trojans were
right behind with a 343, a score that Hewitt believes could’ve easily been
“We left some putts on the course today,” Hewitt said. “It’s always a
development when you’re young. I’m very pleased with the scores.”
Match play will begin in earnest this week and Kroeger is feeling more
confident after Monday’s event, as are her freshmen teammates Andrea and
“I got a ton of confidence from today, I know that we all did,” Kroeger
said. “We’re the underdog team this year, but we need to keep improving. I’m
trying to learn from (Dubsky) every time I golf with her. This will only
help me in the future.”
At The Brassie (Par 72)
1. Valparaiso 317, 2. Lake Central 335, 3. Crown Point 342, 4. Chesterton
343, 5. Portage 405, 6. LaPorte 415, 7. Michigan City 442, 8. Merrillville
Valparaiso -- Harley Dubsky 67 (Medalist), Jennifer Gough 77, Brooke
Fullenkamp 85, Lauren Caputo 88.
Lake Central -- Kylie Shoemake 84, Kiana Jongsma 75, Julia Beggs 88, Allison
Crown Point -- Tiffany Curtis 76, Alyssa Harvey 82, Emily Harvey 87, Rileigh
Chesterton -- Cara Kroeger 79, Gracie Davis 84, Andrea Hanas 89, Taryn
Trusty 91, Lexy Hanas 103.
Portage -- Alicia Wood 108, Autumn Stevenson 100, Katelyn Bohlim 88, Gabby
LaPorte -- Delanie Alcorn 82, Taylor Thompson 107, Hannah Sutherlin 103,
Alyssa Cardello 123.
Michigan City -- Lizzie Smith 106, Claire Werner 104, Tara Seizys 116, Allie
Merrillville -- Maggie Connelly 89, Marylam Ali 130, Kathy Jurczyk 141,
Angel Munchenburg 149.