Detmer falls to top seed at IGSJC match play
Holt advances to Fourth Flight championship
Friday, June 22, 2012 11:00 AM
Amanda Detmer's quest for a state championship ended with a loss to the top-seeded golfer in the match play semifinals of the Indiana Girls State Junior Championships at Hillview Country Club in Franklin on Thursday.
Detmer, the No. 4 seed, defeated 12th seeded Morgan Clark or Yorktown 4 and 3 in the quarterfinals of the Championship Flight before she fell to top-seeded Morgan Nadaline of Anderson 3 and 2 in the semifinals.
Nadaline, who won the stroke play portion of the event at four-under, will go for the sweep when she plays No. 2 seeded Erin Ingram of Richmond this morning. Ingram beat 14th-seeded Karli Dobbs of Fishers 3 and 2 in the semifinals.
"Morgan is a very talented golfer and Amanda played the best round of her life," said Madison coach Doug Rusk, who was unable to be at the course but got updates throughout the day. "Morgan ran into a couple of 30 footers and played well. Amanda beat her at the (IHSAA) state finals last year but today just wasn't her day."
While Detmer's run ended, her Madison Consolidated High School teammate, Hannah Holt, scored two wins and will now get a chance to compete for the championship of the Fourth Flight bracket for golfers who finished lower in the stroke play tournament.
Holt, the No. 10 seed, beat second-seeded Kacie Mullins of Noblesville 1 up in the quarterfinals. Mullins had defeated another Madison Lady Cub, Alyssa Fulton, in the opening round on Wednesday.
Holt found herself down four holes after just seven holes of the match but rallied for the win. She gave much of the credit to Fulton, who was on hand Thursday to caddie for Holt.
"Hannah played really well. But when I talked to her she said she couldn't have done it without Aly," Rusk said. "Aly kept her going and was cheering her on. I think it says a lot about both of them. Aly could have gone home but instead decided to stay and cheer on her teammate."
In the semifinals, Holt beat No. 6 Nikki LaLonde of Warsaw 1 up and will face top-seeded Kelly James of Noblesville at 8:10 today in the championship.
Despite the differences in seeding, Holt's wins are not that surprising. She finished plus-43 in stroke play while Mullins was plus-41. James likewise finished 41 over par.
"Hannah just seems to be coming into her own," Rusk said. "She is just getting better and better. She's been working on her chipping and putting which hurt her last year and the tougher the situation gets, the tougher she gets."