State Golf Meet Good Experience For Mygrant

Posted on September 30, 2018 in Fall Sports, Girl's Golf

BY SCOTT HUNT – shunt@chronicle-tribune.com
Oak Hill’s Hope Mygrant ended her sophomore golf season Saturday evening on the driving range at Prairie View Golf Course in Carmel.

Mygrant had finished her second round of the IHSAA state golf championship shortly beforehand with a 103, a day after shooting 100 in the first round, and according to Golden Eagle coach Steve Nelson, Mygrant’s driver was where she struggles most during the 36-hole tournament.

“The best part of her game has always been driving the golf ball, and for those two rounds it’s the worst she’s driven the golf ball all year,” Nelson said by phone Saturday evening. “You’ve got to drive it well at (Prairie View). You’ve got to drive it well to play well and unfortunately she did not drive it well. If you don’t drive it well it’s a hard game, you’re trying to make bogeys and doubles instead of pars and birdies.

“The funniest part about that was when we got done she said I don’t want to end the season hitting the driver like that so we went over to the driving range and hit a small bucket of balls and she was just hitting them awesome,” he added.

Mygrant admitted early in the week that qualifying for state hadn’t even been in her mind when she started the season, and Nelson made sure to remind her about how important the experience is for her future in the game.

“I talked to her more about the benefit of being able to play in that tournament as a sophomore and the experience you’re going to get from it,” Nelson said. “She should also be happy that she performed well enough to get there. It’s the top 100 girls in the state. I don’t know how many girls’ golfers there are and she finished 89th, and that’s pretty good.

“She’s very competitive, her whole family is that way, and she’s not going to give up because of a bad round or two,” he added.

Nelson said Mygrant’s two rounds took a combined total of more than 13 hours to play because of the size of the field.

Westfield junior Jocelyn Bruch shot a one-under par 143 for the two days to win the individual state title. Evansville North (605) edged Zionsville (612) to take the team championship. Carmel (633) was third and Homestead (634) finished fourth.

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