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Local golfers advance to IHSAA state finals


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Roncalli senior Abbey Gleixner fired a 74 at the Smock Golf Course regional Saturday to qualify for the state finals for the fourth straight year.
Roncalli senior Abbey Gleixner fired a 74 at the Smock Golf Course regional Saturday to qualify for the state finals for the fourth straight year.

Whiteland senior Alexa West carded an 81 and survived a one-hole regional playoff to earn a spot in the IHSAA girls golf state finals this weekend at The Legends Golf Club in Indiana.
Whiteland senior Alexa West carded an 81 and survived a one-hole regional playoff to earn a spot in the IHSAA girls golf state finals this weekend at The Legends Golf Club in Indiana.


Whiteland Community High School’s Alexa West and Roncalli’s Abbey Gleixner aren’t finished yet.

West and Gleixner, both seniors, have earned individual berths in Friday’s and Saturday’s IHSAA Girls Golf State Finals set for Friday at The Legends Golf Club in Franklin.

Playing at the New Castle Regional on Saturday, West carded an 81, a score she didn’t believe would be good enough to qualify for state.

But after waiting for nearly three hours for the rest of the field to finish, West found herself in a playoff for the last remaining spot.

Cheered on by both her teammates and Greenwood’s entire non-qualifying team, West birdied the first hole to get by Madison McCreary of Batesville and Lindsey Hackleman of Connersville.

Gleixner, meanwhile, became a four-time state qualifier by scoring a two-over par 74 at the Smock Golf Course regional. She is a Greenwood resident.

From the Roncalli Regional, the top three teams to advance were fourth-ranked Zionsville (309), No. 2 Carmel (311) and Madison (332).

Roncalli finished fourth with a team score of 343, and Center Grove was fifth with a 349.

At the New Castle Regional, played at Westwood Golf Club, state qualifiers included No. 6 Hamilton Southeastern (330), No. 5 Noblesville (333) and No. 8 Yorktown (333).

Whiteland (355) was eighth and Greenwood (359) was 10th at the New Castle Regional.

Although she won’t have her team to accompany her, West said that returning to the state finals has been a goal since the season began.

“The whole day was amazing,” West said. “The way I was playing I didn’t think an 81 would hold up, but I thought to myself, this could be the last time and I’ve enjoyed it.”

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