Four birdies helped mitigate damage from four double bogeys and a quadruple bogey as Michigan City senior Taylor Skibinski gathered 13 of 85 to lead all local competitors after one round in the girls’ golf finals of the IHSAA at the Prairie View Golf Club in Carmel.
Skibinski is tied at eight for 43rd place. Lapel’s Macy Beeson and Evansville’s Chloe Johnson lead after shooting two under-70s.
“It could have been better, but that’s fine with me,” said Skibinski. “With four doubles and a quad, I’ll take my 85. It could have been a lot worse than before.”
Skibinski said she largely stayed out of trouble, but tried to “get cute” with a few too many strokes that snowballed. She has proven the course is accessible with a streak of three birdies over five holes on the last nine (her forward) and hopes to limit errors in Saturday’s final round.
“I can’t wait for my last (high school round),” she said. “I try to go in with happy thoughts and just be happy the whole way through and turn off the lights.”
Senior Val Gozo shot 15 of 87 to lead Crown Point, the only home side to make the final. The Bulldogs shot 384 and are 14th out of 15 teams.