Mygrant Qualifies For State Golf Meet

Posted on September 23, 2018 in Fall Sports, Girl's Golf

By CHUCK LANDIS – clandis@chronicle-tribune.com
Hope Mygrant has never considered herself a pressure golfer, but the Oak Hill sophomore delivered Saturday afternoon under the most intense conditions.

After shooting her all-time best round, a 78 at the East Noble Regional Regional, Mygrant punched her ticket for the IHSAA state finals and became just the second Golden Eagles golfer to gain that distinction.

“I didn’t expect it at all,” Mygrant said after earning the fifth and final individual state finals berth. “I am not very good where there is pressure, so I wondered how I would do under pressure.”

Eastbrook’s postseason ended with a 17th place finish, but the Panthers went out shooting a 375 that established a school record for an 18-hole round. Madison-Grant golfer Kasey Cleaver bowed out of the tournament after firing a 92.

Mygrant accomplished two firsts Saturday with her first sub-80 round, and she made the turn with a 1-under par 35 on the Noble Hawks Golf Links, Kendallville. Starting on the back nine, Mygrant made one birdie and played the other eight holes at even par.

“She had never broke 35 or 80 and she met a couple personal goals,” Oak Hill golf coach Steve Nelson said.

But the front side presented more challenges and Mygrant shot a 43 with two triple bogeys, including her last hole. Yet, she kept it together enough to finish with a 78 that was four shots better than her previous best round, an 82 in the Central Indiana Conference meet.

“After I shot that (35) and I had never done anything like that before I knew I had a chance (at state),” Mygrant said. “But I knew I had to stay calm and collected.”

Mygrant is the first Oak Hill girls’ golfer to qualify for state since Lauren Tibbets in 2014, and that also was the last time anyone from Grant County advanced. Tibbets finished in a 15th place tie at state and now is a senior member of the Butler University women’s golf team.

“Take away the two triple bogeys and she would have been in the top five and we would have avoided the suspense at the end,” Nelson said.

“But her front nine was some of the best women’s golf I have ever seen as far as hitting the ball and hitting the greens,” he added. “I had never seen her hit the ball like that all year.”

Eastbrook set the 18-hole scoring record multiple times this season, and three players shot their best-ever rounds in the regional. No. 1 golfer Jenna Boucher led the way with an 84 and then Haylee Bright with an 86, Abbey Cansler with a 101 and Maggie McLaughlin with a 104 turned in their best scores.

“Overall, we played great and I couldn’t ask for much more,” Eastbrook coach Adlai Deisler said. “Jenna didn’t play her best but she still led us, and we got personal bests from the others.

“(Boucher) had a rough going a little bit at the start, fell off, and then rallied,” he added. “She just ran into a couple tough holes on the back.”

Homestead won the tournament with an impressive 299 total and was led by Madi Dabigia with a 3-under par 68. NorthWood was runner-up with a 309 and South Bend St. Joseph’s took the third team qualifying spot with a 328.

The state finals will be played Friday and Saturday at Prairie View Golf Club, Carmel.

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