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M. Richards, Miller lead SHS golf at conference

Shelbyville senior Abby Miller shot a 51 on Tuesday in her final Hoosier Heritage Conference golf meet.

By KRIS MILLS - kmills@shelbynews.com

PENDLETON – The Shelbyville golf team traveled to Fall Creek Tuesday for an unusual Hoosier Heritage Conference meet.

In surprisingly dry conditions considering a wet weekend around the state, the Golden Bears finished eighth overall, carding a 208. The teams played nine holes instead of 18 with the tournament being moved to a school night. It was originally scheduled for Saturday. 

Pendleton Heights had three players named All-HHC and won the team title on its home course after finishing with a 181. New Palestine (181) lost on a tiebreaker, while Mt. Vernon, Greenfield-Central and Yorktown all shot a 194.

Shelbyville was led by Madison Richards, who finished with a 50. Golden Bears’ head coach Mark Kaiser said this season has been different than those in the past with all the rain. The team had a lengthy break between contests. 

“It has been hit and miss, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect (Tuesday). We haven’t had a match in a week and a half,” Kaiser said. “We are all shooting around the same scores. They are bunched up together. All in all, I was pretty encouraged by our play.

“I was surprised that the course was in such good shape. The girls like playing it, because it is not an overly long course and has some different holes.”

Senior Abby Miller has played in the No. 1 spot this season and finished right behind Richards with a 51 at conference. 

“Abby has the lowest scoring average for us this year,” Kaiser said. “She got off to a rough start. I finally got a chance to talk to her and calm her down. She brought it back around after starting with some par 5’s.”

Jill Linville shot a 53 and Kaylee Tackett a 54 to round out the team’s scoring. Karaline Richards finished with a 56.

The win for PH was its first title in 11 years and fifth overall.

New Pal’s Annaliese Fox was the individual champion, carding a 38. Annie Gillock of New Castle shot a 40 for second.

New Castle shot a 198 for sixth Tuesday and Delta was seventh with a 202.

The Golden Bears now turn their focus to the sectional, which is set for 8 a.m. Monday at The Links Golf Club in New Pal.

Kris Mills is the Sports editor of The Shelbyville News. Follow Kris on Twitter @KrisMills37.