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NH's Dooley, FC's Reed make state cut

North Harrison senior Allison Dooley shot a 78 at the Evansville North Regional at Eagle Valley Golf Course to secure a spot in this week's state golf finals. (Photos by Wade Bell)
October 01, 2008
After winning the Floyd Central Golf Sectional at Valley View last week, North Harrison's Allison Dooley said she would probably have a little case of nerves at Saturday's regional at Evansville.

"I really want to go to state, and I want my team to go to state," Dooley said after earning the golf sectional championship. "I want us to accomplish as much as we can as we have a team. Next year, we might not have a team. We've been crunching numbers and if we all shoot our best, then we can beat Evansville (North). That's our competition."

Saturday, Dooley kept her nerves in check and grabbed one of the three individual spots at the Eagle Valley Golf Course to make the trip to the Legends Golf course this Saturday at the state finals in Franklin.

"I'm pretty excited about it," Dooley said. "I made it my freshman year and my senior year."

Floyd Central junior Kristen Reed had to nervously wait to see if she would make the trip to Franklin. Reed was on the bubble with a score of 82 till the last score came in, but after the final tally, she also had a spot reserved for Saturday's state finals.

Floyd Central junior Kristen Reed gives her mother, Janet, a big hug after learning she had made the cut for this weekend's state finals golf tournament. "I'm in shock," Reed said, after learning she was one of four individual qualifiers.
"I'm so in shock," Reed said. "I'm shaking still. … I was really nervous today because it's my junior year. I just really wanted to make it to state, and I wanted everybody to do good. It was pretty hectic this morning."

The day began with a cool breeze with Crawford County's Chelsea Benham starting on hole one and Corydon Central's Heidi Zimmerman on number 10. Benham didn't have the greatest of starts, chunking her tee shot and hitting her second shot short. By the time she was done with the front nine, she had a score of 47 and wasn't very proud of it.

"My knees were shaking so bad," Benham said. "I had such nerves. I don't even know why. It didn't really bother me because I knew it was just one tee shot, but it ended up bothering me along the way. Every tee shot was going right or going short. I couldn't get a hold of my tee shot till about 12 and 13, and then they started going really good and I got a few consecutive pars."

Benham, however, regrouped on the front nine. The Crawford senior had a goal of shooting under 90 for the day and put up a 42 on the back nine for a score of 89, a score she felt good about.

"This year, I wanted better than a 90, and I shot better than a 90," she said. "It wasn't the best 89, but I'm happy with it. I'm glad to end on a good note."

"I feel pretty well," Benham said about her season. "I've played decent. I shot in the 50's (for nine holes) and I shot a 35 at Hidden Creek. I had a par round, so that's been my highlight. Getting out of sectional and getting third, that's been good. I've played pretty consistently overall for the entire year."

Zimmerman was one shot behind Benham, with a 46 for her first nine holes. The Corydon sophomore did one better on the second nine to finish with a 91 for the day.

"I improved one from last year," Zimmerman said. "I would have liked to have improved more. I'm not happy about that."

The 13th green on her first nine stood out for Dooley. The North Harrison senior dumped in a long chip shot after reading a similar chip by Reed. It was a hole that was important, coming in as a birdie.

"I was in the sand, a fairway bunker and I hit it really close," she said. "I read Kristen's chip, and hers broke to the right and I aimed a little bit left and it went in. It was about 20 feet. It works for me."

The third hole of the second nine was not as kind, however. Dooley hit into a bunker, then didn't get the hit out of the sand she wanted. The ball flew across the green and into a nearby lake.

"At first I thought I was going to do really bad," she said. "The first nine I was one under with four holes to go, and I had a triple. I was kind of upset about that, but I shot in the 30's, so I was happy. The back nine I came off doing really bad, but I came out doing really good, so I was happy with it."

Reed said some missed shots on the second nine kept her score from her goal, but still didn't feel that bad about her round.

"It was pretty good," she said. "I'm pretty happy with that. I could have done better. The back, I didn't play too good. I had a couple of bad holes. On the front, I played better. I had just one hole that messed me up."

"I think my putting overall was pretty good," Reed said. "I had some bad putts, but I kept my head level throughout the day. If I had a bad shot, I tried to forget about it. I think that helped me a lot."

The Floyd junior said she wasn't wasting anytime thinking about state.

"Right now," she said, "I'm already scared. I'm nervous, but I'm excited. I'll try to look at it as a normal tournament, but it's state, so it's always there in your mind."

Team Scores (Top three to state) - Evansville North 329, Evansville Memorial 332, Washington 337, Evansville Reitz 353, North Harrison 355, Jasper 365, Floyd Central 375, Southridge 384, New Albany 390, North Knox 399, Vincennes Lincoln 405, Castle 407

Medalist-Natalie Schmett (Ev. Nrth)

Qualifying Individuals - Allison Dooley (NH) 78, Emily Loehriene (Ev. Mater Dei) 81, Kristen Reed (FC), Chanise Young (Ev. Reitz) 82

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