On Saturday, September 22nd, the CGA Golf team put together what is their lowest 18-hole team total of the season—309—at Battle Ground GC as they advance to the IHSAA State Finals on the 28th and 29th at Prairie View GC in Carmel, IN. The team's low total dominated the field, with second place Lafayette Jefferson posting a team 330.
Reese Wilson ’21 led the team and the event with a Low Medalist 70, Katie Shin ’20 posted an impressive 79, Amanda Kurteff ’19 and Lucy Pugh ’20 both strung together rounds of 80, and Masako Hatano ’21 turned in an 83. For Shin and Pugh, their rounds at Battle Ground represent their season 18-hole lows, as both bested their previous low rounds by four and seven strokes, respectively. Wilson also matched her season low, who hadn't competed since the team's second event of the season due to injury.
"I am incredibly proud of the girls," said Coach Karen Rudd. "After a heart-breaking one-stroke loss at sectionals, they bounced back and put together what could be the best round in CGA Golf history."
The girls will hit the road on Thursday for a practice round at Prairie View GC before beginning competition on Friday. Tee times for the girls begin at 10:27 am with Katie Shin on the first hole and will conclude with Reese Wilson starting her day at 11:03am.
Admission to the event is $12. Buffet, snacks and drink stations for spectators of the Championship will be available throughout the course on a cash only basis. Carts will be available to spectators for a fee and on a first come, first served basis. For those unable to attend, live scoring of the event will be provided by BirdieFire.com.
In other Culver Golf related news, earlier this month Golfweek deemed Culver Academies GC the #2 best campus course in the United States for the second year in a row, coming in second to The Course at Yale in New Haven, Connecticut. Other Indiana campus courses to make the list include the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex at Purdue University ranking at #13 and Warren GC at Notre Dame coming in at #16. View the full list here.
“After debuting at #2 last year, it is truly an honor to hold that spot again as the only secondary school course on the list,” says Michael Vessely, Culver Academies GC Superintendent. Vessely, who received his B.S. in turf management from Penn State in 2009, remains humble regardless of the high praise. “Our people work hard to keep the place in tip-top shape, but all the credit belongs to course designers William B. Langford and Theodore J. Moreau, who took a fantastic piece of earth and executed their vision in 1924.” A recent course renovation, completed nearly 100 years later in 2015, brought back to life the layout’s original architecture; in particular the large, undulating greens which allow for some interesting and challenging pin locations.