Kokomo — A fantastic 4-under 66 in the third round propelled Zionsville rising senior Annabelle Pancake to the IWGA State Amateur title at Kokomo Country Club.
Pancake shot a 3-round total of 208, good for a three-shot win over Carmel's Haylin Harris.
"My main goal was to go out and have fun and stay relaxed," Pancake told the Indiana golf website. "I just wanted to go play golf and whatever happens happens and if the putts fall, great, and if not, keep trying."
Pancake got off to a strong start in the first round, going 2-under through the first 13 holes. She bogeyed 14 and 17 to fall back to even for the day, but was tied for first after day one.
"I hit a lot of greens so I set myself up for birdie," Pancake said. "I made some putts and I was hitting my driver really well, which is key on this course."
The second round didn't go as well for Pancake early.
She had back-to-back doubles on four and five, followed by a bogey at six to make the turn at 5-over.
She bounced back to shoot 3-under on the back nine with birdies on 10, 11 and 15 and kept herself in the hunt.
Pancake made a move early in round three to put pressure on the other leaders.
She birdied the first, and after back-to-back pars, she doubled four for the second-straight day.
But Friday she was able to bounce back immediately, birding 5, 7 and 9 to take the turn at 2-under and put her in a tie for the lead.
Birdies on 10 and 11 gave Pancake a 2-shot lead over Harris, and the lead became four when Harris bogeyed 14 and 15.
Even with the good lead, Pancake had to make some big shots in the final holes. She made a 20-foot putt on 17 for par, giving her a 3-shot lead after Harris made birdie.
She was able to get up-and-down for par again on 18.
"The par putt on 17 was huge," Pancake said. "Towards the end of the round, I wasn't hitting my tee shots as well and to be able to make putts outside of 15 feet to save par was really nice."
Her round of 66 tied Harris (round 2) for best round of the tournament. Pancake had 12 birdies in her three rounds.
Pancake was four shots better than anyone else in the field on Friday.
"It's nice to know this kind of performance is there and you never know what can happen," Pancake said. "You have to keep fighting and the last day it came around."
She is the third member of her family to win the Women's Amateur title. Her mom Libby won it in 1985 and her aunt Kelli Akers won it in 1990.
Zionsville's Avery VonDielingen finished 18th with a three-round total of 227.
She shot 77 in each of her first two rounds, with two birdies, nine pars and four bogeys in the opening round, followed up with three birdies, seven pars and seven bogeys in the second round.
VonDielingen, who will play at Butler in the fall, had her best round on Friday, shooting a 73.
She had three birdies, 11 pars and two bogeys in her round.