DANVILLE — Despite a 30-minute lightning delay and a brief rain obstruction, the 2012 Hendricks County golf tournament went off without a hitch Saturday at Twin Bridges Golf Club.
A busy opening week of play for all six teams culminated with the Avon Orioles and first-year coach Amy Nickol taking home the hardware. It was the first time since 2009 that the Orioles had won the county title, ending a two-year streak of fourth-place finishes.
“I could not (have had a better start) ... unexpected,” Nickol said. “They handled (the delays) well. I know they didn’t shoot the scores they wanted to shoot, but they came back and performed after the breaks and that was what we needed them to do. It’s a great start and a confidence builder.”
Avon’s squad of Rachel Thompson (88), Annie Rodgers (93), Amber Steele (94), Lea Thompson (102), and Danielle Prechtel (110) carded a 377.
Thompson, Rodgers, and Steele each made the all-county team with their efforts.
“Rachel’s round from tee to green was wonderful, but she struggled on her short game,” Nickol said. “Annie and Amber just stayed solid and tried to stay in the game and keep going with no more than a bogey round and they did it.”
Cascade’s Jessica Smyth took individual medalist honors on the day, carding an 82. That was six strokes better than the nearest competitor and the senior is picking up where she left off last season.
“It’s definitely a good start for me,” Smyth said. “The senior year puts a little pressure on me to keep up ... I’m a little nervous, but I think it will be a good year.”
The Cadets took fourth as a team with Smyth (82), Shelby Baldwin (128), Maureen Flanigan (116), Sage Archer (119), and Autumn Holden (160) combining for a 445.
Last year’s champions, the Brownsburg Bulldogs, came in second as Kellie Dipple (91), Courtney Wesson (92), Julia Behrend (106), Maddie Cody (97), and Rachel Fiscus (106) finished with a 386.
Brownsburg tied Avon in all-county selections with three as Dipple, Wesson, and Cody were each selected.
Plainfield’s team of Michelle Goda (88), Nicki Gilbert (88), Payton Duke (103), Paige Miller (110), and Liz Cozart (116) carded a 389, narrowly missing second place by four strokes.
Goda and Gilbert were all-county selections for the Quakers.
Tri-West placed fifth as Kelsey Russell (113), Sydney Shaw (120), Ashley Unger (127), Maggie Burgess (124), and Abby Bridwell (136) combined for a 484.
Danville, last season’s runner-up, finished the round with only three players, nullifying a chance for placement. Makynzie Harding did not finish her round due to an injury, leaving the Warriors with three players. Lauryn Luckey led Danville with a 96 and made the all-county squad. Karen Gramajo shot a 101 and Kelli Snodgrass finished with a 124.