Girls golf goes to State


Amanda Blais (12) tees off at hole 7. Blais enjoyed going to State with her team to finish off her senior season.

Gabriella Born and lakecentralnews

For the first time in six years, the girls golf team traveled to State as a group. The girls left last Thursday morning to travel down to Franklin, Ind.

“We’ve improved our consistency and course management as a team,” Coach Chris Rossiano said.

The girls had to deal with bad weather that included heavy rain with unpredictable hot and cold temperatures..

“[The weather] is really annoying. It makes the course harder, but you learn to deal with it,” Julia Beggs (11) said.

The players had to adjust their form of play. Rain can cause the club to slip, and the girls have to load up on rain gear.

Going into the second day, Rossiano was looking to play a more relaxed round with less mental blocks.

“[We] don’t have to hit good, all we need is to focus, concentrate on the shots in order to score well. [We] just need good mental focus,” Rossiano said.

The first tee off time was at about 9:50 a.m. and the girls did not complete their round until after 4 p.m. The girls finished their round coming in 10th place as a team.

“[I] played a decent round. A couple holes were tough, but I can’t complain. I had a lot of good shots,” Beggs said.

In addition to the team event, LC also sent Kiana Jongsma (12) to the State competition as an individual.

“[It went] really well. I hit really good off the tee and was able to hit most of the greens,” Jongsma said. She finished her final high school round tying for 11th in the individual event.

“It’s my second time at State. All I wanted to do this year was bring my girls down with me. The season was amazing,” Jongsma said.

When all the girls finished playing, they met up together for a team hug and shed a few tears as they completed their season with two beloved seniors, Jongsma and Amanda Blais (12).

“It’s been the best season. I’ve had personal bests, and we’ve all had so much fun. Going to State as a team has been a goal of ours since freshman year,” Blais said.

Rossiano said bringing his whole team down to State was so much more enjoyable.

“They all work so hard. We got down here as a team. All year long, everyone’s scores have mattered,” Rossiano said.