Girls All Levels Golf
Six returning players, including three of the team’s top five from last season’s squad that placed third in the IHSAA State Finals, are on hand for the 2017 Columbus North girls golf team.
Thus, coach Scott Seavers is looking forward to another good season. The 2017 campaign begins Monday (July 31) in the Bloomington South Invitational at Bloomington Country Club. CN follows by competing Saturday (Aug. 5) in the Fall Preview Meet at Prairie View Golf Club in Carmel with a second CNHS five taking part the same day in the Greensburg Invitational at Greensburg Country Club.
“We are optimistic,” Seavers said, noting the 2017 Bull Dogs include three seniors, one junior, two sophomores and four freshmen. “We will find out quickly how we may stand up with Evansville North, Westfield and Carmel among the teams in our first two events.”
Evansville North is the three-time defending state champion. Westfield was the 2016 state runner-up, and Carmel placed fifth in the 2016 state meet.
Senior Danbi Kim, junior Alexandria Munnicha and senior Julia Luken are Bull Dogs who competed at state last season. Kim tied for fifth individually at state with a 75-75–150. Munnicha shot an 84-82–166, and Luken carded an 80-88–168.
Freshman Nathaly Munnicha, Alexandria’s sister, appears poised to move into the team’s top four. Senior Molly Donnell, sophomore Annie Anderson and freshman Yestika Nischol figure to vie for the fifth spot. Others on the roster are sophomore Nicole Duncan and freshmen Anna Hatton and Paige Sherlock.
Kim is the top returnee after she averaged 76.44 in nine 18-hole rounds in 2016. Alexandria Munnicha posted an average of 79.67 and Luken was at 82.22. Donnell averaged 44.80 in 10 nine-hole matches, while Anderson was at 48.56 in nine nine-hole rounds. Also, Duncan averaged 57.50 in six nine-hole matches.
Of note, Kim won the 2017 Indiana Girls Junior State Championship with a 76-76-72–224 on June 5-7 at Anderson Country Club.
“Danbi really stepped up this summer, and Alex and Julia are veterans,” Seavers said. “Nathaly has played in a lot of junior events and is a seasoned player, while Molly, Annie and Yestika will be in the mix for us.”
Despite the potential firepower, that doesn’t mean that all will come easily for the 2017 Bull Dogs. They must overcome the departure of Holly Anderson, the IHSAA individual state champion last fall, and Aubrey Smith. Holly Anderson now is playing golf at Ball State, while Smith is off to play tennis at Bellarmine University.
“Losing a state champion (in Holly Anderson) creates a challenge, and Aubrey had a number of strong rounds,” the coach said. “But we are talented, and I am looking forward to the season.”
Other multi-team events include the Fuzzy Zoeller Invitational on Aug. 12 at Champions Pointe Golf Club, the Roncalli Invitational on Aug. 19 at Smock Golf Course, the Hall of Fame Invitational on Aug. 26 at Purdue’s Ackerman-Allen Golf Course, the Franklin Central Invitational on Sept. 9 at Smock and the Conference Indiana championship on Sept. 11 at Timbergate Golf Course.
The sectional is Sept. 16 at Greensburg Country Club. The regional is Sept. 23 at Edgewood Golf Course in Anderson and the IHSAA State Meet is Sept. 29-30 at Prairie View.
2017 CNHS GIRLS GOLF ROSTER
Annie Anderson, So.
Molly Donnell, Sr.
Nicole Duncan, So.
Anna Hatton, Fr.
Danbi Kim, Sr.
Julia Luken, Sr.
Alexandria Munnicha, Jr.
Nathaly Munnicha, Fr.
Yestika Nischol, Fr.
Paige Sherlock, Fr.
Coach: Scott Seavers.
Asst. Coach: Brett White.