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September 29, 2013

Stars aligning for Northwestern girls golf team

Purple Tigers, Panthers and Bengal Tigers play in regional Saturday.

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Sectional runner-up Western and third-place Peru will also take part in regional action, which gets under way Saturday at 11 a.m. Natalie Newlin, Minka Gill and Shelby Schave all carded 87s for Western in sectional play, while Mallory Zorn and Emma Long both shot 88s for Peru.

Kokomo senior AnneMarie Balsbaugh will take to the BattleGround course as an individual after snagging medalist honors in the Western sectional with a 76. She’ll enter Saturday tied for the third-lowest qualifying score in the field, behind Valpo’s Harley Dubsky (71) and Lafayette Jeff’s Samantha Hatter (74). Twin Lakes’ Taylor Hornung also carded a 76 in leading her team to a sectional title. Dubsky finished third in the state as an individual a year ago, while Hatter finished in a tie for 17 th.

“It feels really good to have a chance to leave the year like this,” Balsbaugh said. “It think [advancing to state] is only realistic if I put my mind to it and go into it thinking it’s realistic. I think I have just as much of a chance as anyone as long as I’m on my game and trust everything I’ve worked for all season. My very first high school tournament was at Battle Ground, and I got DQed for hitting a lost ball. Hopefully I’ll get over that and play to my strengths there.”

Maconaquah’s Courtney Turcheck also advanced to the regional round after carding an 89 and beating out teammate Brandi Jones in a playoff for the final spot.

The top five low individuals on non-advancing teams also earn passage to the state finals, with all ties for fifth place having to be played off at the regional level.

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