BNL finishes 14th in golf state finals

CARMEL – BNL coach Kori Johnston points out strategy to senior Kenley Craig during the IHSAA state finals at Prairie View. Craig paced the Stars with final-round 86 as BNL finished 14th in the field. Courtesy photo

CARMEL – Bedford North Lawrence finished 14th in the IHSAA girls golf state championship on Saturday at Prairie View Golf Club.

The Stars, making their 10th appearance in the state finals overall and second straight, carded a second-round team score of 369 and completed 36 holes at 744 in the 18-team field.

Kenley Craig, one of two seniors playing their final round, carded a second-day 86 (including nine pars) to pace the Stars with a two-round total of 179. Chloe McFaddin, the other senior on the five-player roster, carded a second-round score of 91 for a 36-hole total of 184.

“Kenley played really well today,” BNL coach Kori Johnston said. “She hit the ball pretty solid and kept it out of trouble for the most part. She had a great finish to the season with her sectional champion title and leading the team at the state finals.

“Kenley and Chloe have been incredible players for our program and definitely made a big impact. We have big shoes to fill next season with losing two key members of our top five.”

The scores from the other Stars included Kinleigh Root (95 and 189 total), Ellie Horton (97 and 192) and freshman Sammie Nusbaum (99 and 196).

“A little bit better round today for us,” Johnston said. “We didn’t shoot our best but I’m proud of the girls for not giving up. Back-to-back state finals visits is an awesome accomplishment and I couldn’t be more proud of this team, regardless of how we finished.

“We have two incoming freshmen and several returning players to rebuild the top five. We will put in a lot of work this offseason to prepare, but we will definitely have a return trip to the state finals at the top of the goal list again.”

Westfield’s Samantha Brown, a Purdue recruit, was the individual medalist. She carded a second-round 74 (with two bogeys) and finished two days at 2-under 142.

Top-ranked Carmel won the team title for the second straight year, rallying with a final-round 301 to clip No.4 Westfield, the overnight leader after the first round, by nine shots with a two-day total of 608.


Final round

Saturday at Prairie View

Team scores

Individual scores