Getzin ends on high note, nabs 11th-place finishOctober 7, 2013
From Herald Staff Reports
It’s not where you start, it’s where you finish. And after shooting an 80 through the first 18 holes at the state finals, Annie Getzin shaved nine strokes to finish just outside the top 10 in one of the best state finals finishes ever by a Jasper girls golfer.
Getzin capped off an impressive season and career Saturday at the Legends Golf Club in Franklin by finishing in a tie for 11th place overall. After firing an 80 Friday, Getzin blazed to a 71 Saturday, finishing with a two-day total of 151. Valparaiso senior Harley Dubsky (144) took state champion honors, riding a 68 on the opening day, and weathering a 76 Saturday for the first-place finish. Mary Ellen Romero of Hamilton Southeastern (145) and Makenzie Curtis of Carmel (146) finished just behind Dubsky for second and third place, respectively. The 10 finishers in front Getzin all placed within one stroke of each other in a competitive field.
Carmel finished first as a team, 27 strokes ahead of second-place Penn (631). Zionsville (639), Hamilton Southeastern (652) and Yorktown (660) rounded out the top five.
Getzin ended the first day of competition on Friday tied for 34th before exploding on Saturday for a 1-under-par 71. Only one other golfer scored as well on Saturday.
“She was really nervous the first day,” Jasper coach Steve Milligan said. “She didn’t play her game, but that second day ... she just relaxed. (Our motto) was to go up, smile and have fun and I think (after the first day) she said, ”˜OK, I’m going to go up and enjoy my last 18 holes of high school golf,’ and she did.”
“Seventy-one is an outstanding round of golf,” he added.
Getzin’s 11th-place finish is the best finish from a Wildcat girls golfer since 1994, when Jennifer Seger led the Cats to a third-place team finish. Seger took fifth individually that year with a 155.
“One of the top 20 is very impressive,” Milligan said. “Anyone to get that close to the top 10 is a great golfer.”
Getzin, who is known just as much for her off-kilter course demeanor as low scores, finished her golf career with the Wildcats with her signature style.
“She handled it great,” Milligan said. “She was smiling all over the course.”
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