Wildcats’ state finals bid foiled, but Getzin advances

From Herald Staff Reports

Jasper’s girls golf team missed a trip to the state finals by just three strokes, but one Wildcat golfer extended her season to compete at the Legends Golf Club in Franklin this weekend.

Annie Getzin, with a team-best 76, finished fifth overall at Saturday’s regional at Country Oaks Golf Club in Montgomery to qualify for her fourth trip to the state finals. In a talented field, Getzin’s score fell just three strokes behind medalist Cherise Otter of Bloomington South. Claire Cameron of Martinsville (73), Spring Valley’s Elizabeth Orr (74) and Seymour’s Paxton DeHaven (75) finished second, third and fourth, respectively. Martinsville finished first overall with a 317 followed by Evansville North (320) and Floyd Central (328). Jasper (331) earned fourth place.

Getzin finished fourth among individuals from non-advancing teams. The top five finishers from the non-qualifying teams advance to the state finals.

Forest Park, competing in the regional for the first time in program history, finished 18th. Jordan Buechler shot a team-best 101, followed by Amie Weyer (104), Kaylyn Gaesser (104), Brie Englert (105) and Ashley Reckelhoff (113).

Jasper actually ended the day in a three-way tie with Evansville Memorial and Vincennes Rivet, but won the fifth-player tiebreaker with Jessica Rillo and her score of 90. A fourth-place overall finish, just one  slot away from qualifying for the state finals as a team, was not the ending the Wildcats hoped for, but coach Steve Milligan heaped praise on his team for their surprise success this season.

“The girls played so close,” Milligan said. “We were three strokes from making it as a team. That’s just outstanding ... because this team was a team that I did not know what to expect at the start of the season.

“They put everything into it,” he added.

And the Wildcats almost had to do it without No. 2 golfer Annika Harmon, whose availability was uncertain after being sick all week. She was able to play, though, and a shot an 81.

“(Harmon) played a courageous round,” Milligan said.

Sarah Ackerman (87) and Catherine Bell (87) were the other scorers for the Wildcats.

Getzin, meanwhile, will continue a tremendous career with her fourth trip to the finals after qualifying with the team the last three seasons. She will be the lone Jasper representative, but she won’t be without support from her team.

“It keeps our season going, too,” Milligan said. “We’re not done because her season isn’t. ... Annie continues to carry the team through the state. I’m so proud of her. She’s going to represent Jasper at the state tournament and I’m so proud to coach to the state (finals).”

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