2011-12 State Finals Recap

Oct. 1, 2011

Hamilton Southeastern repeated as the team champion while Chesterton’s Kelly Grassel captured the individual crown during the 39th Annual IHSAA Girls Golf State Finals at The Legends Golf Club in Franklin.

The second-ranked Royals (316-328-644) held a five-stroke lead over top-ranked Penn (321-325-646) after Friday’s opening round and after the two teams traded leads on Saturday, HSE regained it for good over the final three holes. It was the third state title in four years for the school and the fourth in the last nine seasons. Steve Guenin has been the coach for the last three.

Three players finished among the top 15 individuals for Hamilton Southeastern. Senior Brooke Beegle finished second overall (73-76-149), classmate Anne Leighty tied for 12th (77-83-160) and sophomore Mary Ellen Romero tied for 15th (81-82-163). Soph Lauren Kirkwood tied for 33rd (85-87-172) and senior Kelsey St. John ended 50th (90-102-192).

Roncalli (328-326-654) placed third and Noblesville (336-337-673) and Yorktown (335-338-673) tied for fourth place.

Grassel (75-73-148) became the first Chesterton golfer – girl or boy – to capture the blue ribbon medal. The junior began the day two strokes behind Beegle and overcame a slow start on Saturday which saw her bogey three of the first four holes. She shot par or better on the next 12 holes and claimed the one-stroke victory while bogies on 16 and 17 cost Beegle.

Castle junior Kayla Katterhenry (79-73-152) placed third at four strokes back while Madison freshman Amanda Detmer (77-77-154) and Roncalli senior Anna Gleixner (77-77-154) tied for fourth.

The 39th Annual IHSAA Girls Golf State Finals
Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2011
The Legends Golf Club, Franklin
Team Standings

1. Hamilton Southeastern 316-328-644
2. Penn 321-325-646
3. Roncalli 328-326-654
T4. Noblesville 336-337-673
T4. Yorktown 335-338-673
6. Chesterton 335-340-675
7. Center Grove 343-342-685
T8. Carmel 340-348-688
T8. Indianapolis Cathedral 341-347-688

Top 10 Individual Standings
1. Kelly Grassel, 11, Chesterton 75-73-148
2. Brooke Beegle, 12, Hamilton Southeastern 73-76-149
3. Kayla Katterhenry, 11, Castle 79-73-152
T4. Amanda Detmer, 9, Madison 77-77-154
T4. Anna Gleixner, 12, Roncalli 77-77-154
T6. Morgan Nadaline, 10, Anderson 77-78-155
T6. Abbey Gleixner, 10, Roncalli 79-76-155
T6. Kari Bellville, 10, Penn 76-79-155
T9. Harley Dubsky, 10, Valparaiso 78-79-157
T9. Heather Hayes, 11, Noblesville 80-77-157


At the conclusion of the state finals, Deanna Song of Penn High School was selected as the winner of the Mental Attitude Award by members of the IHSAA Executive Committee.

Song tied for 18th overall for the weekend (82-82-164) helping Penn to a state runner-up finish.

She is ranked first in her senior class on Penn’s 4.0 non-weighted scale while taking many AP courses and participating in the college prep curriculum. She is a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist and is an Academic All-State honoree.

She is the daughter of Yu and Katherine Song of Granger. She is undecided on her college destination but is interested in studying Economics, Business and Finance.

Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance, the IHSAA’s corporate partner, presented a $1,000 scholarship to Penn High School in the name of Song.