Abby Thielbar

Abby Thielbar poses with her parents at her signing ceremony on Wednesday.

ZIONSVILLE – Abby Thielbar has been a key part of the Zionsville Lady Eagles golf team’s success for the past four years.

As a member of the team, the Eagles have earned four-straight podium appearances at the State Finals, and had unprecendented success.

Now, she is ready to take her talents to the next level. Thielbar signed Wednesday with Loyola University Chicago to continue her academic and golf careers.

“I am really excited to make it official,” Thielbar said. “I was talking with the other girl who is signing and we were just talking about how excited we were. I am just excited to be part of a new team that seems like another family for me.”

The Ramblers play in the Division I Missouri Valley Conference and are coached by Carly Werwie.

Thielbar said several things about the school stood out to her.

“When I took my first visit last fall, the moment I stepped foot on campus I could just see myself there,” Thielbar said. “When I met the coach, she was amazing and really sweet. It was just a gut feeling, and knew that is where I wanted to be.”

Thielbar averaged a 77 for 18-hole matches this year, including a career-low 69 to win the Lafayette Jeff Invitational at Battle Ground.

She averaged a 38.8 for 9-hole matches.

She said Wednesday that she thinks she is in a good spot with her golf game, but has aspects she definitely wants to improve.

“For the most part, I am happy with it,” Thielbar said. “I didn’t quite end the season the way I wanted too, but overall I am happy with my senior year. Distance is one of the things I am working on. In college, the yardages are a lot longer. Then accuracy with my wedges too. I know that once I get to college and you get distracted a stuff, I have to keep my short game in check.”

During her four-year career at Zionsville, Thielbar helped the Lady Eagles win their first-ever state championship, and then added a runner-up her junior year.

She was a three-time all-state selection, and an academic all-state selection.

“I could have never guessed the success we have had,” Thielbar said. “It is pretty cool that we were able to do it. It shows all the hard work we put in paid off. And to be the first team to win state in school history, hopefully there are a lot more to come, but we will always be the first.”

Thielbar said the thing she will remember the most about her time as a Lady Eagle is how close the team was.

“We were just like a family,” Thielbar said. “All these girls are my best friends and that was a nice feeling.”

Thielbar plans on studying neuroscience at Loyola.

Will Willems is the Sports Editor of the Zionsville Times Sentinel and Lebanon Reporter. Follow him on Twitter @Will_Willems.

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