Stars finish 8th in power-packed South Invite

BNL finished 8th in the season-opening Bloomington South Invitational on Monday.

BLOOMINGTON – Bedford North Lawrence finished eighth in the star-studded 18-team field for the Bloomington South Invitational at Bloomington Country Club on Monday.

The Stars, competing in an event with five teams ranked in the top 10 of the preseason poll, carded a team total of 334. No.2 Evansville North won the season-opening tournament with a sizzling 286, edging Carmel (which shared the No.2 ranking behind Homestead) by one stroke.

No.4 Westfield shot 292, No.5 Columbus North carded 311, and No.8 Franklin finished with 315.

For BNL, senior Olivia Sanders led the way with a 79 that included an eagle and birdie (the first and third holes). Her only major glitch came on her final hole (the 6th, with sand trouble).

“For the first tournament, breaking 80, I will take it,” Sanders said. “My driver and wedge games were good. The only thing I struggled with was my sand game.”

BNL senior Addyson Bailey posted 83, classmate Ashley Chase added 86, and freshmen Chloe McFaddin made her varsity debut with a career-best 86. Kenley Craig finished with 108.

“I think they played pretty well,” said BNL assistant coach Kori Johnston, who was guiding the team while head coach Aaron Sanders recovers from illness. “I was proud of Chloe. That was awesome for her first tournament. They all did a good job.

“From 1-5 in the lineup, they have improvements to make and they’re capable of shooting better scores. They all know that.”

At the top of the leaderboard, Evansville North’s Faith Johnson and Carmel’s Katie Kuc tied for medalist honors with 4-under 68s. Carmel’s Michaela Headlee fired a 70.

BNL will be back in action on Wednesday in the Seymour Invitational at Shadowood.