2002 IHSAA GIRLS GOLF STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
October 4-5, 2002
PENN KINGSMEN; CENTER GROVE’S KATIE TEWELL CROWNED GOLF STATE CHAMPIONS
Penn Kingsmen and Center Grove senior Katie Tewell turned in back-to-back
outstanding performances to capture the state titles in the 30th
Annual IHSAA Girls Golf State Championships on
Playing in beautiful sunshine on Saturday following Friday’s rain-soaked first round, the Kingsmen were able to improve their team score to 322, 13 strokes better than their opening round total of 335, to finish at 657. Penn’s top player, junior Casey North, turned in a pair of 79s and a total of 158 to finish tied for fifth among all individuals. Also finishing in the top 15 overall for Penn were freshmen Laura Ormson and Julia Potter. Ormson recorded an 81-82-163, good for 10th place, while Potter, carded rounds of 86-81-167 for 15th place. Senior Alexandra Gennicks tossed in an 80 on the second day to add to her first round 91, for a 171 total and senior Hannah Miles shot 89-87-176 to account for Penn’s other totals.
Penn held a 10-stroke lead over Hamilton Southeastern and Lafayette Jefferson at the end of the first round which was marred by a one hour and 45-minute rain delay during the early afternoon.
Defending champion and top-ranked Western improved some 31 strokes, but had to settle for a second place finish at 663 (347-316). Noblesville, second in the final state rankings, grabbed third for the second straight year with 357-318-675. Lafayette Jefferson posted rounds of 345-340-685 for fourth and Hamilton Southeastern completed the top five with 688 (345-343).
was the second girls golf title for Penn, coached by Jim Garrett. The Kingsmen
last carried home the trophy in 1994 under head coach Terry Tulchinsky. That
year, they combined for a 685 total, besting runner-up
Center Grove’s Katie Tewell, last year’s state runner-up, returned to become the first golfer in her school’s history to take the state title. Tewell led all individuals after Friday’s first round with a 74 and followed up that effort with a 72 on Saturday for a winning total of 146. Tewell’s 72 was the second-best round in this year’s tournament to senior Amber Prange of Noblesville whose 70 on Saturday took top honors. Prange’s score ranked as the sixth-best round in state finals history. Noblesville senior Sally Shonk placed second overall with a 149 (75-74); seniors Amber Kuss of Oregon-Davis (79-75) and Kylene Pulley of Western (77-77) tied for third at 154. Kuss finished third last season as well.
Last year’s state medalist, senior Caroline Haase of Culver Academy, finished tied for 11th place with a total of 164 (84-80).
NOBLESVILLE’S SALLY SHONK WINS MENTAL ATTITUDE AWARD
Noblesville High School senior Sally Shonk was named winner of 2002 Girls Golf Mental Attitude Award, presented by the IHSAA Executive Committee. This award is given in each of the organization's 20 championship events, to an outstanding senior participant who was nominated by her principal and coach and who excelled in mental attitude, scholarship, leadership and athletic ability.
Sally was a member of the third place Millers and turned in rounds of 75-74-149 in the state finals contested at The Legends of Indiana Golf Course in Franklin on October 4-5, 2002. Earlier in the tournament, she had fired a 77 at the Ironwood Golf Club in the Hamilton Southeastern Sectional and followed that up with a 71 and medalist honors in the New Castle Regional at the Westwood Country Club in New Castle.
This year, Sally was named 2002 IGA-PGA Jr. Golf Player of the Year; 2002 Future Collegians World Tour, 1st Team All-American; 2002 FCWT Player of the Year. She captured Noblesville golf MVP honors for the second straight season and was named All-Hoosier Crossroads Conference for the fourth consecutive time. She is a 2002 Wendy's Heisman Nominee for leadership and a three-year member of the Lady Millers varsity basketball program.
Sally ranked fifth in her senior class of 422 and was a member of the Academic Honors Program, National Honor Society and 1st Team Academic All-State. She also was an NHS Student Government Senior Class Representative, along with participating in the Spanish Club, Science Fair, a Noblesville High volunteer tutor, NHS Merit Award winner and a member of the Homecoming Court.
Shonk becomes the second Noblesville girls golfer to win the award following Kristin Ryan in 1986. She plans to attend college with a major in Athletic Administration or Optometry. She is the daughter of Bill and Lynn Shonk of Noblesville.
Farm Bureau Insurance, IHSAA corporate partner, presented a $1,000 scholarship to Noblesville High School in the name of Sally Shonk.
TEAM POSTERS AND INDIVIDUAL ACTION PHOTOGRAPHS AVAILABLE
Visit 20-20 Photographic, the IHSAA’s photographer and the Midwest’s Leader in Sports Action Photography, for images captured during this weekend’s Girls Golf State Finals! Action photos of your favorite golfer as well as the 20-20’s Ultimate Sports Poster will be available for purchase later in the week following the state finals.
STATE FINALS PROGRAMS AVAILABLE
Couldn’t be there for the girls golf state finals? You can still purchase a copy of the official state finals program while supplies last! Programs are $2.00 if you purchase in person at the IHSAA Office (9150 N. Meridian Street in Indianapolis) or $4.00 by mail (postage included). To order, send a check for $4.00 made payable to the IHSAA, a note with your return address and brief description of your request and mail to: IHSAA Programs, PO Box 40650, Indianapolis, IN 46240-0650. Sorry, no credit cards. To further inquire, e-mail Assistant Sports Information Director Jason Wille at firstname.lastname@example.org.