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McCoy fifth at Duneland Conference Invitational

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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 area.”

That’s the benefit of having a mom (Jill) who is the director of golf instruction at the country club.

“(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 finish.

“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.

“Kaitlyn’s been 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 (negative) competitiveness.”

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 showed.”

Chesterton turns 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.”

Duneland Athletic Conference Invitational

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 Chesterton scores)

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.



Posted 9/15/2/20




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