Team Champs Battle Ground

The Zionsville girls golf team won their second-straight tournament on Tuesday afternoon.

The busy opening weeks of the season continued for the Zionsville girls golf team on Tuesday afternoon.

The Eagles were part of the 19-team Lafayette Jeff Booster Invite at Battle Ground Golf Course.

Zionsville, ranked second in the opening state poll, finished with the tournament title for the second-straight day, winning with a 318.

"These two tournaments, in terms of depth of talent, isn't the best we will see this year," Zionsville head coach Steve Simmons said. "But to start the way we have, bringing on some young players, this is going to help with the confidence. We are really going to see where we are on Thursday and Saturday at Crooked Stick and the State Preview. Jocelyn (Bruch) will be back for Westfield, Annabelle (Pancake) will be back for us, and they will be a little tired, but it will show us things to work on. By the end of the week, we will know a lot more about where we are and things to improve on for the end of the season."

For Zionsville, Abby Thielbar shot a career-best 69 to earn medalist honors.

The Loyola-bound golfer has been working on her game all summer, and it paid off Tuesday.

"Abby has been working really, really hard," Simmons said. "There have been a few things that she is working on right now, and it all came together for he today. That was one shot better than her previous best, and I am really happy for her. That was a great day for her."


Abby Thielbar shot a career best 69 to earn medalist honors at Lafayette Jeff.

Lauren Kaltenmark also placed in the top-10 individually with a 78.

Megan Gray chipped in with a career-best 83.

"I am really proud of Megan, and she seems to have embraced some of the things we have added with game-planning and she really thinks her way around the golf course," Simmons said. "She is a lot more talented than she gives herself credit for, and I hope this gives her a confidence boosts and shows her she is capable of this all the time. She hits the ball well and as her confidence grows, we will see more rounds like this."


Megan Gray shot a career-best 83 to help the Lady Eagles win for the second-straight day.

Amanda Kreiger shot an 88 to be the final scoring Eagle, and Michelle O'Brien shot a 91.

Zionsville will be off Wednesday before having two more 18-hole tournaments to close out the week.

They is back in action Thursday at the Crooked Stick Invite.

"It's always a special opportunity to play there," Simmons said. "We have a couple girls in that play there every day with Abby and Annabelle, but it is a special opportunity. For a lot of the girls, this will be their first time there and I hope they aren't intimidated by it, and I don't think they will be. We just want the girls to have fun and realize how blessed we are to be out there."

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