By Jake Thompson
BROWNSBURG — For the second consecutive season under coach Amy Nickol, the Avon Orioles girls’ golf team hoisted the Hendricks County Championship trophy.
Last season, the Orioles bested Brownsburg by nine strokes. This year, Avon ran away from the field, winning by 30 strokes over second place Plainfield Saturday at West Chase Golf Club.
“This shows the team that they are progressing and gives them confidence as we continue on through this season,” Nickol said. “They’re ultimate goal is the state tournament and this is just one of the stepping stones to get there and they proved to themselves they could do it.”
Of the 10 all-county spots, Avon claimed five of them, including Rachel Thompson taking home individual medalist honors. Thompson shot two-over on the front and four-over on the back for a 78 and was the only golfer to break into the 70s.
“I was lucky to pull out and shoot a good score,” Thompson said. “I putted very well and that saved me a lot of strokes. This has always been a goal for me to be the medalist my senior year and I’m humbled to be able to accomplish this.”
Thompson’s sister, sophomore Leah Thompson, finished second by carding an 84. The pair has been playing golf since the latter part of grade school and the competition has been stiff, but the elder Thompson was very proud of her sister’s accomplishment.
“We’re very competitive,” Rachel said with a laugh. “I’m really glad our team won, but I’m also glad my sister came in second after me.”
R. Thompson (78), L. Thompson (84), Alex Price (93), Danielle Prechtel (94), and Ashley Pawlowski (86) each were named to the all-county squad.
Even more impressive in Nickol’s eyes was the fact that none of the girls shot over 100, something someone from the Orioles did each match last season.
“That’s a huge step for Avon golf and these girls,” Nickol said. “To be able to start that low and start there now we know we are able to build off that.”
Plainfield placed second with a 371 and came away with three all-county players in Nicki Gilbert (87), Tori Treash (89) and Liz Cozart (96). Teammates Paige Miller (99) and Haley Kuntz (100) rounded out the rest of the Quakers’ scoring.
“I kind of look at it like we are chopping would as it’s so early and I don’t know where we are in the big picture yet,” Plainfield coach Jon Utterback said. “We didn’t do all bad things today. I think second place in the county is pretty good.
“When we look back on this we will look at three girls that were all-county and you could see it in their faces, that they belong. That’s what we will take from this and I’m proud of them.”
Brownsburg, the defending sectional champion placed third, 23 strokes behind Plainfield. The squad of Maddie Cody (86), Lasserina Dowell (111), Andrea Wesson (108), Emma Wilkins (98), and Sophia Topi (102) carded a 394.
Cascade’s Mary Tomblin (108), Sage Archer (115), Shelby Baldwin (116), Maureen Flanigan (120), and Alyssa Gowan (150) carded a 459 for fourth place.
Tri-West’s Maddie Ross (124), Alyssa Morgan (128), Ashley Unger (100), Maggie Burgess (121) and Abby Bridwell (134) finished fifth, combining for a 473.
Danville played with two golfers of their four Saturday. Senior Lauryn Luckey carded an 86, placing third overall and took a spot on the all-county team. Teammate Makynzie Harding shot a 110.