Jasper's Schroeder advances to state tournament



Knowing Saturday could potentially be her final high school round of golf, Jasper senior Haley Schroeder just wanted to go out, have fun and shoot the best round she possibly could at the IHSAA Regional at Country Oaks Golf Course in Montgomery.

As it turns out, having some fun meant securing a berth into the IHSAA State Finals at Prairie View Golf Club in Carmel next weekend.

Schroeder’s score of 83 was good enough to qualify her as one of the five advancing individuals from Saturday’s regional into the state tournament.

“I think at first I didn’t even really believe it,” said Schroeder, when she first realized that she was one of the five girls advancing to state as an individual without a team. “I wasn’t in the last group to finish so I was just trying not to get my hopes up because I knew more scores could still come in. But when I first found out I got it, I ran to the other two seniors (Madeline Springer and Brynn Leinenbach) and my family and we were just all hugging.”

The Wildcats finished 10th overall as a team with a score of 371 (the top three groups of Evansville North, Evansville Memorial and Bedford North Lawrence qualified for state as teams) but Schroeder’s 83 was tied for fourth among individuals who could potentially advance without a team. Southridge’s Baileigh Schneider, who advanced from the sectional as an individual, was just two strokes away from advancing to state as she finished with an 85.

Schroeder said the wait for the final scores to roll in was hectic as she wasn’t sure if her score would hold up to send her to state.

“The waiting part was horrible, I mean I could hardly even stand by the scoreboard,” Schroeder said. “After playing for like six or seven hours, it was hard to just sit and wait for the other teams to come in.”

The weather was brutal as rain came down for nearly the entire match which slowed the pace of play for all golfers involved.

However, Schroeder maintained a steady pace and shot a 40 on the front nine and a 43 on the back nine. She knocked in a birdie on hole No. 4 and her coach Jan Tellstrom was impressed with her second shot on hole No. 9.

While she admits that the rainy weather put a little bit of a damper on the long day, there were many parts that made it fun — qualifying for state was just the icing on the cake.

“The girls I played with were really nice and I also got to play with Mallory (Russell) from Memorial who I had played with a few times before so it was nice to see a friendly face,” Schroeder said. “My family was also all there and it was pretty emotional because we didn’t know if it was going to be my last match or not so when I finished the 18th hole, everyone was there by the green clapping and cheering when I finished.”

Schroeder’s goals for this weekend’s state finals are pretty simple — play well and bring along the people that helped make it possible.

“I really want to bring the two other seniors with me because I want them to come just as much as I want to go myself. I want them to feel the atmosphere too,” Schroeder said. “I also just want to go out and have fun with it too because this is for sure going to be my last go around. I want to go out well, play strong and have two good rounds before I’m done with golf for high school.”

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