Carmel girls golf team places 3rd in state tournament


Carmel High School girls golf coach Kelly Kluesner liked how her playeres closed their final round of the season.

The Greyhounds finished third in the Indiana High School Athletic Association Girls Golf State Finals Sept. 28-29 at Prairie View Golf Club in Carmel. Carmel shot a 633, one stroke less than fourth-place Homestead. Evansville North won with a score of 605, followed by Zionsville with a 612.

Carmel trailed Homestead by two strokes for third place after the first round but rallied in the final nine holes to place third.

“We’re really proud of them. They had a great season,” Kluesner said. “They had 12 birdies out there (Sept. 29) so they gave it their all. A couple of bad holes, but overall it was good.”

It was the best finish in Kluesner’s four seasons as coach. The Greyhounds were seventh in 2017 and fifth in 2016.

Senior Nina Hecht and sophomore Katie Kuc each shot a two-round total of 7-over par 151 to finish in a three-way tie for sixth place individually. Junior Elizabeth Hedrick shot 163, followed by freshman Ava Hedrick with 168 and senior Ella Woods  with 175. A team’s top four scores comprise the total.

Kluesner said the future appears bright with 10 freshmen on this season’s squad.

“We’ve got a deep team,” Kluesner said. “We’ll definitely miss our senior leadership, but we have some great players to step into those spots.’”

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