Firing a record-setting team score of 623, Martinsville blazed to a 43-shot victory in the 25th annual IHSAA Girls Golf State Finals Oct. 11, 1997 at Prestwick Country Club in Avon. It was Martinsville's third straight championship and the fifth in the past six years. Martinsville also finished as the state runner-up in 1990 and 1994.

The Artesians, who won by a record margin, were followed by Franklin (666), Lafayette Jefferson (666) and Carmel (679).

The final round was conducted under perfect conditions with sunny skies, a light breeze and temperatures in the mid 70s over the par-71 course that played at 5,500 yards.

Leading the way for Martinsville was sophomore Leigh Anne Hardin, who was the tournament runner-up in 1996. Sparked by an eagle-2 on her sixth hole of the day, Hardin carded a one-under-par 35 on the front nine and a one-under par 34 on the back nine to finish at 69. Her 36-hole total of 143 was just off the tournament record of 142 set in 1996 by Katy Wilkinson of South Bend Clay.

Hardin's second-round score of 69 tied the tournament record for the lowest 18-hole score. Wilkinson did it during first-round play in 1995 and 1996, and Jennifer Gray of Martinsville scored a 69 in the second round of the 1993 tournament on her way to medalist honors. Hardin is the ninth medalist in tournament history to lead her school to the team title.

First-round leader Mary Lidester of Lafayette Jefferson took second-place honors with a second-round 74 and a 36-hole total of 145. Lidester's total tied for the third lowest in tournament history with Wilkinson in 1995 and Gray in 1993. Third place went to sophomore Ambry Bishop of Franklin at 148. Hardin, Lidester and Bishop played the final round in the same threesome.

The other Martinsville scores that counted towards its total were junior Heather Rose (161), junior Erin Roe (162) and senior Kristen Bodine (167). Each team had five players, with the low four scores each day counting as the team total. Martinsville's 623 lowered the 36-hole record from the 640 shot by the Artesians in 1996.

Overall, it was the 11th IHSAA championship for Martinsville in all sports. Eight of those titles have come in the 1990s, all in girls sports -- six in golf, one in basketball, one in volleyball. All of Martinsville's golf championship teams have been coached by Sharon Most.

Bess Bowers, a senior at Bloomington North High School, was named the 1997 recipient of the IHSAA Mental Attitude Award in Girls Golf. Bowers shot an 80-77-157 to place seventh among individuals. Bowers ranks 14th in a senior class of 311 students. She also was an IHSAA cross country state finalist in 1994 and 1995, and a track state finalist in 1995.

Bowers was the top finisher for fifth-place Bloomington North, which had finished as the runner-up in sectional and regional play to Martinsville.

Farm Bureau Insurance, IHSAA corporate sponsor, presented a $1,000 scholarship to Bloomington North High School in the name of Bowers.


October 4 and 11, 1997

Prestwick Country Club, Avon

Par 71-71-142


First-round cut came at 369

Martinsville                   312-311-623        

Franklin                       336-330-666        

Lafayette Jefferson            334-332-666        

Carmel                         347-332-679        

Bloomington North              349-338-687        

Indianapolis Cathedral         369-354-723        

Fort Wayne Snider              369-361-730        

Harrison (West Lafayette)      357-378-735        

Evansville Mater Dei           368-378-746        

Lake Central                   370*               

Center Grove                   371*               

Anderson                       376*               

Marion                         380*               

Huntington North               385*               

Logansport                     387*               

Valparaiso                     394*               

New Castle                     400*               

Penn                           401*               

*Missed cut


Leigh Anne Hardin,             74-69-143                      

Mary Lidester, Lafayette       71-74-145                      

Ambry Bishop, Franklin         77-71-148                      

Ashley Prange, Harrison (West  74-76-150                      

Erin Roe, Martinsville         77-75-152                      

Ashley Welch, Carmel           82-74-156                      

Bess Bowers, Bloomington       80-77-157                      

Morgan O'Banion, Carmel        84-75-159                      

Allison Beam, Lafayette        80-80-160                      

Krista Dillman, Richmond       80-80-160                      


Players advanced to the second round without their teams

Listed alphabetically

Crystal Anglea, Center Grove   85-79-164                      

Emily Case, Evansville Day     78-90-168                      

Krista Dillman, Richmond       80-80-160                      

Andrea Duc, Daleville          83-79-162                      

Danah Ford, Lawrence Central   84-80-164                      

Dana Inabnitt, Center Grove    85-83-168                      

Stacy Lods, Twin Lakes         84-85-169                      

Mandy Puckett, Monroe Central  85-85-170                      

Rebecca Rogers, Homestead      78-90-168                      

Ryan Slayback, South Dearborn  83-83-166                      

Jessica Till, Fort Wayne       82-81-163                      


BLOOMINGTON NORTH (349-338-687) -- Lissa Putnam 88-88-176, Bess Bowers 80-77-157, Hadley Buehner 92-87-179, Megan Mauro 89-86-175, Elin Raun 97-101-198.

CARMEL (347-332-679) -- Morgan O'Banion 84-75-159, Ashley Welch 82-74-156, Adrienne Mayhew 89-94-183, Ann Speidel 96-89-185, Courtenay Grass 92-95-187.

EVANSVILLE MATER DEI (368-378-746) -- Meg Liffick 83-80-163, Andrea Werner 89-94-189, Jenny Effinger 90-97-187, Jenni Morrow 106-107-213, Sarah Mesker 134-114-248.

FORT WAYNE SNIDER (369-361-730) -- Alice Cockrum 88-92-180, Molly Weissert 84-81-165, Katie Rotering 93-86-179, Sarah Poitras 107-102-209, Jill Koehlinger 104-119-223.

FRANKLIN (336-330-666) -- Ambry Bishop 77-71-148, Katie Cooper 89-84-173, Carrie Dougherty 88-84-172, Amy Wenning 85-91-176, Angie Kephart 86-92-178.

HARRISON (West Lafayette) (357-378-735) -- Ashley Lowery 82-80-162, Ashley Prange 74-76-150, Allison Benton 97-97-194, Emily Benton 104-125-229, Christy Sanderson 119-136-255.

INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL (369-354-723) -- Kelly Bego 82-85-167, Emily Kuhfeld 84-85-169, Chrissy Linnemeier 104-97-201, Shannon Gurzynski 99-87-186, Cindy Becher 118-108-226.

LAFAYETTE JEFFERSON (334-332-666) -- Mary Lidester 71-74-145, Allison Beam 80-80-160, Emily Ferguson 92-93-185, Amy Griffith 106-101-207, Annie Lidester 91-85-176.

MARTINSVILLE (312-311-623) -- Leigh Anne Hardin 74-69-143, Kristen Bodine 84-83-167, Erin Roe 77-75-152, Bethany Brunner/Jamie Hovious 94-88-182, Heather Rose 77-84-161. Note: Brunner played the first round, Hovious played the second round.


ANDERSON (376) -- Amanda Sromek 99, Courtney Bell 87, Heidi Cochran 89, Kelly Heider 104, Myranda Harrison 101.

CENTER GROVE (371) -- Crystal Anglea 85, Dana Inabnitt 85, Natalie Dallas 90, Betsy Crandall 111, Whitney Davidson 113.

HUNTINGTON NORTH (385) -- Carrie Fields 93, Jennie Helvie 100, Kristyn Oliver 97, Lori Warner 107, Lisa Butz 95.

LAKE CENTRAL ( 370)-- Amanda Zipko 86, Nicole Nelson 96, Nicole Zipko 91, Hilary Toyias 97, Cara Freeland 109.

LOGANSPORT (387) -- Alison Morris 102, Courtney Bannon 89, Molly David 110, Danni Smith 98, Amy Muehlhausen 98.

MARION (380) -- Ashley Powell 95, Abby Powell 89, Caroline Musser 102, Deborah Garriott 94, Staci Wells 104.

NEW CASTLE (400) -- Erin Dickey 100, Alicia Dickey 90, Shanna Bertram 104, Jennifer Campbell 110, Niki Wright 106.

PENN (401) -- Jackie Potter 91, Michelle Sill 122, Jamie Mikolajczak 99, Nicole Pinter 102, Molly Egyhazi 109.

VALPARAISO (394) -- Katy Welter 87, Jennifer White 99, Lisa Newton DQ, Haylee Schwerdt 107, Christine Sukovich 101.


Listed alphabetically

Cut came at 85

Merideth Gilley, Culver        100                            

Candice Goldsmith, Batesville  88                             

Jennifer LaRocco, Michigan     89                             
City Marquette                                                

Courtney Strick, New Prairie   90                             

Courtney Tate, Brownsburg      89                             

Stacy Torwelle, Jennings       87                             

Emily Waltz, Madison           104                            

Kari Wortinger, Wawasee        86