It was a long, tough day for the Zionsville girls golf team on Saturday afternoon.
The Eagles grinded out a 331 at the Zionsville Invitational at Golf Club of Indiana, placing third overall as a team. Homestead won the tournament with a 307, with Carmel placing second with a 309.
“We had pictures at 8:15 this morning, and then with the rain delay, we just came out a little flat,” Zionsville head coach Steve Simmons said. “It was just one of those days. I thought in the middle of the round that we righted the ship and were headed in the right direction, but we just could never get it going.”
Seniors Abby Thielbar and Annabelle Pancake led the Eagles, shooting 75s.
Lauren Kaltenmark shot an 82, with Sarah Mayo being the final scoring Eagle with a 99.
The fifth golfer was Megan Gray, who shot a 101.
“Shooting a 331 isn’t an awful score,” Simmons said. “We have some girls that haven’t been in varsity situations, and we have to learn that when the weather is a little sideways or when things aren’t going their way, maybe they aren’t used to grinding and pushing through that. That is part of it, and something we are going to work on. You can tell be their faces that they are a little disappointed in how they played, but we have a lot of time, so I’m not too displeased.”
The Eagles face Carmel, Noblesville and Westfield at Prairie View on Tuesday, before playing in the Roncalli Invite at the regional course at Smock on Saturday.
Simmons said he is looking forward to having some time this week to work on things.
“We only have one match during the week, and I am looking forward to putting in another full week of practice,” Simmons said. “Every day there is one thing that we want to focus on and improve on. When we put it all together we will be fine.”
Pancake sets school record as Eagles win county
Lebanon — Annabelle Pancake will go down as the best golfer in Zionsville history when she finishes her career this fall.
But on Wednesday night at the Boone County Tournament at Cool Lake, Pancake did something that she (or any other Zionsville golfer) has ever done. Pancake shot a school record 31 (4-under) to win medalist honors and help the Eagles win the team title.
“You are looking at the best player who has ever played at Zionsville,” Zionsville head coach Steve Simmons said. “She is the longest hitter in the state, and on a short course like this, she is going to overpower it, and that’s what she did today.”
Zionsville shot a 144 on Tuesday, there third best score ever at the county tournament.
Simmons said he was happy with the girls being able to take control of the conditions and shoot low.
“We had two personal bests and tied another one,” Simmons said. “To get out and do that was great. We needed to get some matches under our belts, and it was great to be out here tonight. Our girls had a great time and it is great to shoot low numbers.”
Lauren Kaltenmark tied for second with a 37, with Abby Thielbar and Megan Gray coming in one shot behind with a 38.
“Lauren is a really strong girl too, and is really just figuring out how good she is,” Simmons said. “I don’t think she quite understands that yet. Abby has been a little up and down, but she is working really hard and our top-3 will carry us most of the year. I was really happy for Megan Gray tonight. That was a career best and she is getting more confident by the day.”
Sarah Mayo made her varsity debut shooting a 43.
“Sarah hits it a long way and if she figures out how to keep it in play, which I think she will, she is going to be a really good player for us,” Simmons said. “We have some competition for that 5-spot and she is right in that mix. She had a nice round today.”
Will Willems is the Sports Editor of the Zionsville Times Sentinel and Lebanon Reporter. Follow him on Twitter @Will_Willems.