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Stars finish 15th in State Preview

CARMEL – BNL’s Ashley Chase prepares to launch a tee shot during Saturday’s action at Prairie View.

CARMEL – Bedford North Lawrence, which has qualified for back-to-back trips to the IHSAA state finals, made a return trip to the host course and finished 15th in the State Preview Tournament at Prairie View on Saturday afternoon.

The Stars, paced by Addyson Bailey’s round of 87, posted a team total of 387, Top-ranked Evansville North won the 18-team event with 303.

Addyson Bailey

Bailey birdied the par-3 15th hole and carded an impressive 41 on the back nine. Olivia Sanders, battling through an illness, overcame a rough first hole and fired a 95.

“It’s one of those courses that jumps up and grabs you,” BNL coach Aaron Sanders said. “You’re plugging right along and then you can hit a rough stretch, but the girls had good attitudes all day. Bailey had a good back nine and she’s hitting the ball a lot better than she’s been hitting it.”

Ashley Chase added a 97 and freshman Samantha Biel had a solid back nine (48) in her first look at the challenging layout and capped BNL’s scoring with 108.

“As a freshman, Sam has never seen a course anything like this,” Sanders said. “She can flat hit a golf ball, she just needs to clean things up around the greens a little bit and she’ll be OK.

“They all have some different issues right now. It’s early in the season and we’ll just keep cleaning things up.”

Faith Johnson paced North (which had four scorers in the 70s) to the team title with a 73.

BNL will return to action on Tuesday on the Donald Ross Course against Springs Valley. The scheduled match on Thursday with Washington has been cancelled.

State Preview Tournament

Saturday at Prairie View

Team scores

Evansville North 303, Westfield 314, Homestead 320, Zionsville 325, Carmel 329, Columbus North 339, Northwood 348, Crown Point 355, Evansville Memorial 364, Center Grove 368, Franklin 369, Hamilton SE 371, Guerin Catholic 373, Northridge 379, Bedford NL 387, SB St. Joseph 402, Heritage Christian 402, Richmond 418

BNL scores – Ashley Chase 97, Olivia Sanders 95, Addyson Bailey 87, Samantha Biel 108, Kennedy Blair 128