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  • File photos Bishop Dwenger's Sarah Frazier finished second at this year's Women's City Tournament and won the IGF Masters Tour Championship.

  • Homestead sophomore Morgan Dabagia led the Spartans to a sixth-place finish at state last season.

Friday, August 04, 2017 1:00 am

Girls golf 5 to watch

AUBREE REICHEL | The Journal Gazette

With matches already underway, girls golf is the first IHSAA fall sport to get started and, with the state finals at the beginning of October, has one of the shortest seasons.

But the golfers will still be prepared for the season as the summer has provided ample opportunities to play and many saw the success at tournaments during the heat and humidity.

Individuals

Morgan Dabagia, Homestead: The sophomore tied for fifth at last year's state championship, the top freshman in the field. She shot a 6-over 150 for the 36-hole tournament at Prairie View Golf Club in Carmel.

Sarah Frazier, Bishop Dwenger: The senior won the IGF Masters Tour Championship at Prairie View in July, finished second at the Women's City and finished tied for 24th at last year's state championship with a 158.

Anna Munson, Leo: The sophomore led the Lions, and the field, with a 7-over 43 at Colonial Oaks against Carroll and Northrop. She was second for Leo at last year's regional with an 85 at Noble Hawk.

Gabby Kelly, Angola: The sophomore led the Hornets in their season-opening contest at the Homestead Invitational with a 79 at Chestnut Hills on July 31. She played as the No. 5 golfer as a freshman but was No. 2 (87) for the team at the sectional at Zollner, four shots out of advancing to regional as an individual.

Emma Ainsworth, Bellmont: The senior was the Braves' No. 3 last year and opened the season strong, taking medalist honors at the Bellmont Invitational at Cross Creek on Aug. 1 with a 4-over 75.

Teams

Homestead: The regional champion Spartans finished sixth at last year's state championship fielding a team of five underclassmen, all of whom return this season.

Bishop Dwenger: The Saints finished 15th at last year's state championship and return all five players. 

Leo: The Lions finished fifth at the East Noble Regional. The team graduated its top player (Brooke Moser), so the process of rebuilding could be a concern.

DeKalb: The Barons won the Northeast Eight championship last season and finished second to Dwenger at the Angola Sectional to advance to the East Noble Regional, where they finished ninth at Noble Hawk.

Carroll: The Chargers won the East Noble Sectional with a 338, nearly 20 stokes over runner-up Concord (357). The team finished seventh at the East Noble Regional.

Storylines

College commitment: Homestead's Emma Schroeder has committed to play golf at IPFW.

One is the loneliest number: Lakeland Christian's only returning golfer this year is junior Abigail Fishel.

Poll numbers: In the preseason poll, Homestead was ranked No. 5, Dwenger 11th and DeKalb 15th, while Carroll and Leo received honorable mention.

Family ties: It's Autumn Nelson's turn to play No. 1 for the Knights after the graduation of her regional-champion sister Amber (Saint Francis). Autumn finished second at the Bellmont Invitational on Aug. 1 with an 82.

New coach: Robin Pease is taking over the program at Concordia.

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