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  • Photos by Doug McSchooler | For the Journal Gazette Bishop Dwenger senior Sarah Frazier tees off on the 12th hole at Prairie View Golf Club in Carmel. Frazier shot a 1-over 73 in the final round of the IHSAA State Finals and tied for 15th individually at 13 over. She was the best finisher from northeast Indiana. 

  • Bishop Dwenger senior Taylor Martin putts during the final round Saturday at the IHSAA State Finals. She finished at 39 over par.

Sunday, October 01, 2017 1:00 am

Saint makes big final stride; Spartans girls fifth at state

Mark Ambrogi | For The Journal Gazette

CARMEL – Sarah Frazier's last high-school round of golf gave her reason to smile.

The Bishop Dwenger senior shot a one-over par 73 Saturday at the IHSAA State Finals for an 11-shot improvement over her opening day. That allowed her to finish tied for 15th, tops among individuals from northeast Indiana.

Homestead, ranked No. 5 in the state, placed fifth as a team with a two-day total of 81 over. Dwenger, ranked 13th, placed 13th at 149 over, and DeKalb was 36 strokes behind the Saints for 15th place.

“(In the first round), I just got ahead of myself and was thinking about my score and not taking it one shot at a time,” Frazier said. “(Saturday), my goal was taking it one shot at a time and hitting fairways and greens.”

Frazier, a Dayton recruit, said her short game was much improved in the second round.

“(Friday), it let me down,” Frazier said. “I was able to make some putts and get some ups and downs (Saturday). I wanted to end with a birdie and I got that.”

It was the best round Frazier had shot in four years of participating in the state finals.

“I'm proud of her efforts and hanging in there and completely turning it around,” Dwenger coach Megan Ryan said. “(Saturday) she was able to pick it up right away and even with a couple of double bogeys, she was able to turn it around with those birdies.”

Homestead coach Jeff Jehl liked the overall improvement the Spartans made, improving seven strokes from the opening round to combine for a 7-over 325 on Saturday.

“Both Morgan (Dabagia) and Makenna (Hostetler) broke 80 (Saturday) and this is a tough course and conditions with the wind,” Jehl said. “They had a nice day. Makenna was hitting the greens in regulation and that helps. Both of those girls had some tough breaks (Friday). But tough break or not, wind or not, state level golf course or now, these girls make no excuses. They're proud of what they've done.”

Hostetler, a senior, said she was more consistent Saturday in shooting a 79 to finish in a tie for 20th individually at 16 over.

“I was hitting more greens than (Friday),” Hostetler said. “I played the par-3s better and hit some crucial putts in some situations.”

Dabagia, a sophomore, improved from 83 Friday to a 79 and tied for 25th at 18 over.

“My ball striking was a little better,” Dabagia said. “I feel better about my round. I left a few strokes out there. We had a better score as a team (Saturday) and that's really all that matters.”

Spartans senior Emma Schroeder shot a final-round 81 to finish at 19 over. Junior Sydney Rybolt had an 86 for a two-day 18 over. Rylie Parker was the only Spartan to shoot higher than the first day, going from an 86 to a 95.

“Rylie, Sydney and I will have so much more experience for next year,” Dabagia said.

Jehl was proud of how his team handled the long two rounds.

“We had a game plan and they stuck to it,” Jehl said. “They fought through two six-plus hour rounds and they really put their heart into their game (Saturday). This is the end of what was really a successful season for us.”

Bishop Luers sophomore Madeleine Pape tied for 39th at 21 over, including an 86 Saturday.

Zionsville captured the state championship at 44 over. Plainfield senior Kayla Benge, who was 2 over on the final 18, was the individual medalist at 1 over.

For Dwenger, Taylor Martin finished at 39 over, Brooke Kinder at 46 over and Nicole Hagen at 51 over. DeKalb's Lexy Stuckey was 34 over, Bayley Stuckey was 44 over, Sarah Williams was 48 over and Ally Stuckey was 59 over. 

Angola's Gabby Kelly shot an 88 to finish at 31 over.