Valpo Golfer Dubsky Wins State Title
October 5, 2013 – Valparaiso senior Harley Dubsky won a nail-biter of a finish among individuals while second-ranked Carmel led from start to finish to claim the team title during the 41st Annual IHSAA Girls Golf State Finals at The Legends Golf Club in Franklin.
Participants dodged rain showers throughout the two days but it was Dubsky who dodged a late charge from her closest competitors to win. As a result, she became the first girl from her school to win the state title and first Vikings golfer since Gary Krueger in 1979.
Dubsky had led the field by three strokes late but bogeyed the 17th hole and double bogeyed 18 to drop into a tie with Mary Ellen Romero of Hamilton Southeastern. Romero, also a senior, lipped out a 10-foot putt for par on 18 to give Dubsky a one-stroke win, 144 to 145.
Dubsky posted a 68 on Friday and held a three-stroke advantage over Romero for the lead after Day 1. It turned out to be the only sub-70 round over the two days.
Carmel senior Mackenzie Curtis placed third at two strokes back with 146. Penn’s Kari Bellville, Anderson’s Morgan Nadaline and Carmel junior Maggie Rees each tied for fourth at 147.
After finishing as the state runner-up three of the last four years, coach Ken Kelly’s Carmel team finally took home the big trophy, its second overall in girls golf and first in 33 years (1980). The Greyhounds finished at 604, 27 strokes ahead of top-ranked Penn. Zionsville was third at 639, Hamilton Southeastern was fourth at 652, and Yorktown, the defending champion, ended fifth at 660.
Besides Curtis and Rees, junior Alyssa Cook finished tied for 15th overall at 152, senior Sophie Kelner scored a 159 and freshman Angie Kavanaugh ended at 175 to account for the rest of the Greyhound effort.