Nobody in Monday’s
Duneland Athletic Conference Invitational had more local knowledge of Sand
Creek than Katelyn McCoy.
“I spend six, seven
days a week here during the summer,” the Chesterton junior said. “I usually
play nine (holes), some days, 18. I spend a lot of time on the practice
That’s the benefit
of having a mom (Jill) who is the director of golf instruction at the
“(Katelyn)’s got a
lot of pressure on her. Everybody knows her. They know the whole family,
with Jill being the pro here,” Trojans coach Toby Gentry said. “She handles
it pretty well. She’s young but she’s been a good leader for us. The girls
look up to her.”
McCoy tied for
fifth in the tournament with an 88, pacing Chesterton to a fourth-place team
“I didn’t let
(expectations) put pressure on myself. I don’t let it get into my head,”
McCoy said. “I just came out here with the mindset that I knew what to do, I
knew where the good misses were and I also knew I had the determination. I
started out on the front nine with four pars in a row. A penalty affected
me, I had a couple high scores, but I brought it back on the back nine. I
try my very hardest not to (let bad holes affect me). Sometimes, it carries
a few more holes, but I always get it back.”
Playing without No.
3 Peyton Martinson, Chesterton shot a 403, following Crown Point (366), Lake
Central (381) and Michigan City (386) in the team standings.
“She would’ve been
maybe a 15-stroke difference,” Gentry said of Martinson. “We would’ve been
right around 380. It was our worst round all year, but it was a little
expected. We don’t get to play Creek at practice, so it was kind of like a
new course for us even though this is our home course. We haven’t seen that
nine all year. We play a lot of Marsh, a few holes on Lake. (Creek)’s a
little tighter. There’s a little more water.”
Addison Gentry was
second for Chesterton and 12th overall at 98 with Miranda Miller (108) and
Zoe Swanson (109) also scoring. Paige Hoise carded a 113.
solid the last three weeks,” coach Gentry said. “She did what she’s capable
of. She’s been consistent. That’s the big thing. Miranda came in and tried
to do what she could. Zoe’s going through some swing adjustments. She
actually improved her score. She’s been in the teens. That’s promising.
We’re looking for her to step it up a little bit. She has to fine tune her
swing and when she does, she’ll be great. What a great group of girls I’m
fortunate to coach. I think they truly do root for each other. There’s no
Michigan City’s Lia
Thomas defended her individual title with a 76, powered by a finishing-nine
35. She was six shots clear of CP’s Delaney Adams.
“I just wanted to
put up a good number,” Thomas said. “It’s been a while since I’ve had a
solid round. It’s been a struggle the whole season, just all over, mentally
and physically. Coming off the Creek nine, I was talking to (coach) Drew
(White), I was telling him how good I was hitting the ball, I just wasn’t
scoring. He just said keep doing what you’re doing and it will come, and it
did. I needed to recover from the front nine. I had a lot of stupid bogeys
there. I hit the ball good all day, the scoring just happened on my familiar
side. Mentally, I kept my composure a lot better than I have, and that
its attention to Friday’s Valpo Sectional. The Vikings shot 412 on Monday,
but will have the home course advantage at the Valpo Country Club.
“We’ve been about
eight strokes better for the most part,” Gentry said. “I feel like if we go
in and shoot what we can, we should come out on top. Hopefully, we get
Peyton back. I think that will be a big lift to the team.”
AT SAND CREEK
(Creek/Marsh, Par 72)
1. Crown Point 366,
2. Lake Central 381, 3. Michigan City 386, 4. Chesterton 403, 5. La Porte
411, 6. Valparaiso 412, 7. Portage 430, 8. Merrillville 560.
(Top 10 and
1. Lia Thomas (MC)
76, 2. Delaney Adams (CP) 82. 3. (tie) Taylor Skibinski (MC) and Kamyran
Golec (LC) 83, 5. (tie) Katelyn McCoy (C) and Madelyn Adams (CP) 88, 7.
Cierra Kubacki (LC) 92, 8. Valentina Goza (CP) 93, 9. Jayme Noll (LP) 95,
10. Jordan Jacobs (P) 96, 12. Addison Gentry (C) 98, 24. (tie) Miranda
Miller (C) 108, 26. Zoe Swanson (C) 109, 29. Paige House (C) 113.