Rachel Johnson likes a “boring” round filled with pars. But the Yorktown sophomore golfer used a different method Monday to shoot a 71 and finish second in the Trojan Classic at The Legends Golf Club, helping her team win the tournament that featured many of the top-ranked teams in the state.
Johnson’s round included an early triple-bogey, followed by two birdies. Then there was a bogey followed by two more birdies. She had a double-bogey, then an eagle from 60 yards a few holes later. She birdied the fourth hole (her last of the day due to the shotgun format), to finish the round at 1-under-par. Johnson said she was able to shake off the few bad holes on her way to a successful round.
“I guess I just put it in my head that I can’t remember what happened in the past, I can’t change it,” Johnson said. “So I just need to move on and I guess my thought process was that the most important shot is the one that I was on at that time.”
The Tigers won the team race by 14 strokes, shooting a 302 as a team. Carmel took second with a 316 and Noblesville finished third at 320. Carmel was ranked No. 3 in the preseason state poll, and Noblesville was ranked fourth. Yorktown is ranked No. 2 in the preseason poll. Penn, the No. 1 team in the rankings, shot a 333 Monday and finished eighth.
Yorktown had four rounds in the 70s en route to the 302 team score. Kennedy Windlan shot the second-best Tiger round with a 74. Tara Clark shot a 78 and Morgan Clark shot a 79. Ashley Sexton shot an 89 to post the Tigers’ fifth card.
The Legends Golf Club, located in Franklin, Ind., site of Monday’s tournament, is also the home of the IHSAA state tournament. Hill said the consensus among his team was that the course was set up a bit shorter than its usual layout for state.
Nineteen of the twenty-one teams shot better than 380, with 12 teams shooting better than 345. Roncalli’s Abbey Gleixner shot a 67 to win medal honors.
Hill said that while he was hopeful his team would win, he didn’t think the Tigers would be able to win by a 14-stroke margin against a field of that caliber.
“I knew there were some ranked teams in it,” he said. “That’s what we were thinking, ‘Hey, we can get three or four girls in the 70s, we’ve got a really good chance of winning it.’ But I don’t know if anytime you play, you think you’re going to win by that many shots, especially when you’re playing some of the top teams.”