Lady Eagles close regular season on high noteSeptember 14, 2017 1:16am

Sept. 12--Claire Edwards and Maggie Nobbe have meant a lot to the Zionsville girls golf team in their four years competing for the Lady Eagles.

Now their focus is on one last post-season hurrah. The two Eagles were honored on Monday, Sept. 11 at Golf Club of Indiana for their senior night during a dual match with Brebeuf Jesuit.

"They are both four-year letterwinners and their contributions to the program have been fantastic," Zionsville head coach Jeff Anderson said. "Their leadership is great, they are awesome role models, and it is fun to watch them out there having a great time."

Zionsville has had some strong senior classes come through their program in recent years.

Most notably a five-senior class in 2014 that finished third in the state. Edwards and Nobbe came in the next year, and after placing sixth in the regional as freshmen, helped the Eagles to a seventh place team finish at state as sophomores and a fourth place finish last year.

"Over the year we have had waves of really good kids that have come in here," Anderson said. "For Maggie and for Claire, they are just carrying it one step above and beyond. They are going to be really missed."

The two seniors have helped the Eagles have arguably the best regular season in Zionsville girls golf history.

The Eagles won six of the 10 tournaments they entered, including the first HCC championship in school history. They finished no worse than third in any event this year, and two of their three second-place finishes were on fifth-score tiebreakers.

They capped the regular season off on Saturday with a win at the Franklin Central Invite at Smock, shooting a 310.

"Our girls have worked hard and been consistent all year," Anderson said. "They keep winning these tournaments and then telling me they have more shots they can make. That is encouraging, I am really proud of them and we are just really excited for the post-season."

Annabelle Pancake was the meet medalist at Smock, shooting a 74. Avery VonDielingen was second with a 75, with Abby Thielbar shooting an 80, Edwards an 81 and Nobbe an 82.

Anderson said that all of the girls are playing well heading into the post-season.

"We were a little concerned heading into Saturday, because we hadn't played a competitive round in a week and a half," Anderson said. "We tried to keep it light and fun last week, so we were going to come out really rested or really rusty. Fortunately, they were rested and played really well on a tough course where greens weren't holding."

The Eagles have been focused on getting off to better starts in 18-hole tournaments.

In many tournaments this year, they had a slow front-nine, only to really turn it on during the final nine holes. Anderson said the team was much-more balanced in their win on Saturday.

"They came out and it wasn't a tale of two nines this time," Anderson said. "We played consistent golf from start to finish. Each girl had a hole or two they would want to redo, but from first tee to the last green they were focused and play well."

Zionsville knows there is still room for improvement.

Anderson said that to trim those last few shots they want to, it will come around the greens.

"It is all around the greens," Anderson said. "We are still struggling with chipping and pitching. When we miss a green, we have to make sure we are able to get up and down. We have left some shots out there and we can definitely improve in that area."

They will look to clean that up heading into the post-season, which starts Saturday, Sept. 16 at West Chase for the sectional.

The Eagles moved up to No. 1 in the state in the latest poll. Anderson said his girls aren't really focused on that now, and know they have to take care of business on the course.

"It is a honor for their hard work all year to receive that No. 1 ranking," Anderson said. "They are proud of it and they earned it. We haven't really harped on it much, we just keep playing our game and let things fall like they should. The practices leading up to events in the post-season are long weeks. We have to find ways to keep things fun and light and keep them focused."

Follow Zionsville Times Sentinel Sports Editor Will Willems on Twitter @Will_Willems.


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