ZIONSVILLE – For the past four seasons, Annabelle Pancake has rewritten the Zionsville golf record books.
So on Wednesday afternoon, when she made her college choice official, signing with Clemson University, it was an end of one fantastic chapter of her golf career, but the start of a new one.
“I feel like this is the final step of finally realizing that Clemson is going to be my home for the next four years,” Pancake said. “I am going to be a Tiger, and it is a little scary, but at the same time I am so excited, because I know a lot of great opportunities will be there. It is a little sad, because Zionsville has been a great place for me.”
The Clemson program has been around for less than 10 years, but has already become one of the top-30 programs in the country.
Pancake said several aspects about the ACC school stood out for her when she was looking at schools.
“The girls and coaches on the team are what really stood out,” Pancake said. “The girls are so fun and I already new a couple of them prior to committing, so that was great. The coaches have built such a great program, so I know they can develop me as a player and a person.”
Pancake is a top-25 golfer for the Class of 2020 and holds the Zionsville record for career scoring.
She has the state’s all-time best score in the sectional and regional, both 64s, and shot a Zionsville record 31 twice this season for nine holes.
A four-time all-state selection, Pancake also twice won the individual HCC title.
Pancake’s junior golf success also comes outside the high school ranks, where she won the Indiana Women’s Amateur Championship this summer and qualified for the 2019 Women’s Four Ball and the 2019 US Amateur.
She won the American Junior Golf Association event at Otter Creek, while placing third int he AJGA Tour Championship.
She also has top-3 finishes on AJGA stops at the Bluegrass Junior and the Las Vegas Junior. This fall she competed in the LPGA event at the Brickyard.
Pancake said that she is fairly happy with where her golf game is now, but knows there are always aspects that can improve.
“I am pretty happy with where I am right now, but I am excited to see what the coaches help me,” Pancake said. “Going into college, I really just want to be more of team player and be able to help the team as best I can. One of my life goals is to win a national title, so I will do everything I can to help the team get there.”
Pancake was part of the most successful four-year run of the Zionsville girls golf program.
The Eagles placed on the podium all four years she was there, including winning a state title in 2017 and finishing state runner-up in 2018.
“I don’t think it could have played out any better,” Pancake said. “I would have never imagined winning a state championship, but that was amazing. All four years have been great. Abby (Thielbar) and I have gotten on the podium all four years, which is really cool, but it is the friendships that really stand out.”
Pancake said more than all the success that the team had on the course, she is going to remember the sisterhood that existed on the Lady Eagles for the past four year.
“I will remember all the laughs and all the amazing memories and all the people that you get so close too,” Pancake said. “We were a team everybody loved, and we loved to have fun. I hope I can go into next year and continue that. I am definitely going to miss the Zionsville environment.”