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It’s been said that good things come in small packages. If that adage is true, look for the Columbus North girls’ golf team to shine in 2020.
With a roster of just six players, the program’s smallest squad in more than a decade, the Bull Dogs seek to continue a string of IHSAA State Finals appearances with a lineup led by seniors Nathaly Munnicha and Yestika Nischol. Juniors Ella Wilks, Gwen Anderson and Macy Euler offer support, while sophomore Ratisha Rashmil completes the group.
Munnicha is the team’s standout after keying Columbus North to an eighth-place finish as a team at the State Finals a year ago. She averaged 73.40 strokes in 10 18-hole rounds in 2019 while tying for 13th place individually at state with a 74-80–154. The Xavier University commit also was selected All-State by the Indiana High School Golf Coaches Association.
“Nathaly is one of the top high school golfers in the state,” said CN coach Scott Seavers, noting that Munnicha holds three school records and shares another. “We have high expectations for her. She can win tournaments, and she has a chance to compete for an individual state title.”
Munnicha owns school bests for raw score and to-par score for 18 holes with a 5-under 67 in last year’s Conference Indiana meet at Timbergate Golf Course. She also set a to-par mark and tied the raw-score record with a 5-under 32 last season against Seymour at Shadowood Golf Course.
Nischol averaged 84.40 in 18-hole rounds, while Wilks was just behind at 86.20 last season. Anderson carded a 91.67 average, while Euler had a norm of 96.33. Rashmil averaged 60.00 strokes in five nine-hole rounds.
“Yestika is mature, smart and a hard worker,” Seavers said. “I’m seeing more leadership from her, while Ella has had a nice off season and will continue to get better and better. Gwen played well in a number of tournaments over the summer and has gained a lot of confidence. I expect to see her in the 70s at times this season. Macy has worked hard on her game, and she should be more consistent. Ratisha also should show significant improvement.”
Overall, Seavers is hopeful of seeing the Bull Dogs capture a fifth consecutive Conference Indiana championship and contend for honors in the Bloomington North Sectional and Washington Regional. Columbus North has won seven consecutive sectional titles, but those all came at Greensburg. CN also has claimed two straight regional crowns, but those were hosted by Lapel at Edgewood Golf Course. Now, there is a new tournament path assigned by the IHSAA.
“The competition is a little stronger at both (Bloomington and Washington), especially in the regional,” Seavers said. “Cascades and Country Oaks also are courses that these players have not played before, so that presents additional challenges. But we’ll do our best to get there, get some practice rounds in and be prepared when the time comes.”
The Bull Dogs open official practice at noon Friday (July 31) at Timbergate. The team’s first competition is at 9 a.m. Monday (Aug. 3) in the Bloomington South Invitational at Bloomington Country Club. CN follows by competing in the State Preview on Saturday (Aug. 8) at Prairie View Golf Club. Its first home meet is at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 10 against Perry Meridian at Harrison Lake Country Club.
Columbus North has reached the State Finals on 27 occasions over 47 seasons, placing in the top 10 in 21 of those appearances. That includes a current six-year run in the top 10 – fifth in 2014, tied for seventh in 2015, third in 2016, fourth in 2017, seventh in 2018 and eighth last year. The Bull Dogs’ best finish as a team was second in the inaugural IHSAA State Finals in 1973.
“We have a mature and experienced team with high expectations,” Seavers said. “We have a goal of finishing in the top 10 at state again.”
COLUMBUS NORTH GIRLS GOLF
Gwen Anderson, Jr.
Macy Euler, Jr.
Nathaly Munnicha, Sr.
Yestika Nischol, Sr.
Ratisha Rashmil, So.
Ella Wilks, Jr.
Head coach: Scott Seavers
Assistant coach: Brett White
Date, time: Opponent (site)
Aug. 3, 9 a.m.: Bloomington South Invitational (Bloomington Country Club)
Aug. 8, 1 p.m.: State Preview (Prairie View Golf Club)
Aug. 10, 4:30 p.m.: Perry Meridian (Harrison Lake Country Club)
Aug. 12, 4:30 p.m.: Jennings County (St. Anne’s Golf Course)
Aug. 15, 1:30 p.m.: Zionsville Invitational (Golf Club of Indiana)
Aug. 17, 4:30 p.m.: Greenwood (The Legend Golf Club)
Aug. 18, 4 p.m.: Batesville (Harrison Lake Country Club)
Aug. 20, 4:30 p.m.: Roncalli (Harrison Lake Country Club)
Aug. 22, 1 p.m.: Roncalli Invitational (Smock Golf Course)
Aug. 24, 4:30 p.m.: Bloomington North (Cascades Golf Course)
Aug. 25, 4:45 p.m.: Seymour (Harrison Lake Country Club)
Aug. 27, 4:30 p.m.: Shelbyville (Harrison Lake Country Club)
Aug. 29, 1:30 p.m.: Hall of Fame Invitational (The Trophy Club)
Sept. 3, 4:30 p.m.: Southport (Southern Dunes Golf Course)
Sept. 7, 4:30 p.m.: Greensburg (Greensburg Country Club)
Sept. 8, 4:15 p.m.: Center Grove and Franklin (The Legends Golf Club)
Sept. 9, 4:30 p.m.: Martinsville (Harrison Lake Country Club)
Sept. 14, 9 a.m.: Conference Indiana (Timbergate Golf Course)
Sept. 15, 4:15 p.m.: Columbus East (Otter Creek Golf Club)
Sept. 21: 8:30 a.m.: Bloomington North Sectional (Cascades Golf Course)
Sept. 26, 8:30 a.m.: Washington Regional (Country Oaks Golf Course)
Oct. 2-3, 8:30 a.m.: IHSAA State Finals (Prairie View Golf Club)
PHOTO: Nathaly Munnicha watches a putt drop in for a birdie on the 18th hole of the 2019 Conference Indiana meet at Timbergate Golf Course. The putt was her final stroke in her 18-hole school-record 67.