FORT WAYNE – Blackhawk Christian senior Jaycee Bunner finished tied for 10th at the 42nd IHSAA girls golf state finals at Prairie View Golf Club in Carmel on Saturday.
Bunner shot a 6-over 78 for a two-day 36-hole total of 155.
“I finished 10th, which my goal was to finish top-10. I played all right, for the most part,” she said of the finish.
Cherise Otter, a junior at Bloomington South, was the leader after Friday’s first round, shot a 75 to keep the lead and finish with a 144, six shots over Martinsville sophomore Claire Cameron and Westfield freshman Cailyn Henderson who finished at 151.
East Noble’s Alyn Clark had a second-round 91 and finished at 180 and in a tie for 57th.
Leo led the three Northeast Indiana teams with a two-day five-player total of 744 to finish in 13th place. Brooke Moser led the Lions with a second-round 82 and a two-day 172 to finish in a tie for 39th.
Wawasee was 14th with 760 and Bishop Dwenger 15th with 780.
Amanda Miller was the highest finisher for the Saints with a second-round 88 and a total of 178 to finish in 52nd.
Elizabeth Jackson led the Warriors shot a second-round 96 and finished with a two-day 181.
Evansville North won the team title with 646.
FORT WAYNE – The last time all the northeast Indiana participants were at the state finals, it was at a different golf course. It’s even true for Blackhawk Christian senior Jaycee Bunner, who finished 22nd at state in 2013.
After being held at The Legends in Franklin since 2000, the IHSAA moved the state finals to Prairie View in Carmel.
“I like it,” Bunner said. “It’s pretty challenging.”
Bunner and East Noble’s Alyn Clark will be at state as individuals, while Leo, Bishop Dwenger and Wawasee will be there as teams in the two-day state finals today and Saturday.
In its first state finals in six years, Leo has only some second-hand knowledge of the course and a practice round Thursday.
“I have talked to a friend who has played it, and we will go over the course with the girls as best we can and get an idea of the layout,” Leo coach Paul Newberg said.
The Lions won their first regional title in a decade at Cobblestone last Saturday and return to the state finals in an even year, which has been par for the course after state appearances in 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008.
Dwenger hasn’t been to state since 2004, while Wawasee has waited even later, since 1986, to return.
“First and foremost, we got there, and we are excited to go,” Newberg said. “We have talked that there is no pressure for us to go out there in terms of survival. In sectional and regional, you are always in survival mode and get in the top three so you can advance. (At state) you just go out there and do the best you can and at the end of the day you see where you stack up.”
At the regional, Bunner won medalist honors with a 69, which is tied for the second-best score among state participants at a regional.
“I played consistently the entire day,” Bunner said of the regional. “I had one bad hole, but it was pretty consistent.
“I am more excited than I am nervous for (state) because I get to play with some of my friends, which will be fun. I am just excited to play well, hopefully.”
Bunner, who also plays on the Blackhawk Christian volleyball team, which is ranked No. 10 in Class A, said her irons have been key for her recent solid play, which included sectional medalist honors two weeks ago. In her final state match, Bunner said she is hoping to shoot around par and finish in the top 10.
At the East Noble Regional last week, the Lions won the title with a 336, the Saints were second with a 339 and the Warriors came in third with a 341.
While Leo might not have a lot of experience on the course for the state finals, it has some experience with the players who will be contending over the two days. Many of the Lions’ players competed against them in summer tournaments around the state.
“It puts you more at ease when you are out there on the golf course,” Newberg said. “In terms of the play, the more competition you are in and the more adverse situations you are in and pressure situations you are in, the next time you have to deal with it obviously it’s not as difficult.”