Sep. 25—FRANKLIN — Addison Echeverria stood in the clubhouse at Smock Golf Course Friday afternoon, nervously staring at the scoreboards as the rest of the scores from the regional.
Echeverria and her Eagle teammates were some of the first golfers done with their rounds, and her score of 79 was sitting tied for third among individuals who would not be advancing with a team. Eventually five of those girls would go to state.
And as the scores continued to pile in, and the threats to her 79 began to dwindle, the nerves increased.
The countdown started, 13 scores left. 10 scores left. Eight scores.
There was a hold of the breath when a player had a 38 on the front written down, but then an exhale when the 42 on the back meant she was safe.
Finally it came down the final foursome, and although another 79 came in to create a three-way tie for the last advancing spot, the score had held up.
Then the tears of happiness started as the Zionsville junior realized she had accomplished something she wasn't sure she would be able to do.
"I can't even explain what this means," Echeverria said. "I never thought I would make it as a junior. I even told my grandparents, hopefully I go next year, but I don't think I will make it this year. I talked to my dad before the round, and he just told me to go out there and play my best golf, and now that I'm going, it's the most amazing feeling."
The 79 was Echeverria's best score at Smock, and one of her best scores of the year.
She said outside of a couple of holes, she felt really comfortable throughout the round.
"I have played this course a lot, and I know it really well," she said. "There were a couple holes that I struggled, but I felt pretty solid. There were a lot of good things that happened today, so that was helpful."
It was also a tremendous bounce back round for Echeverria, who wasn't happy with her score of 88 in the sectional last week.
But she put that behind her and played a strong round when it mattered most.
"I just needed some confidence," Echeverria said. "Heading into sectionals, I was really anxious, and wasn't really confident in myself. This week I really focused on just playing my best golf and doing what I knew I could do in the first place. I went out there and made some putts and that helped tremendously."
The State Finals will take place next Friday and Saturday at Prairie View.
Echeverria said she just wanted to go out there and enjoy the experience.
"I just want to have fun," Echeverria said. "I never thought I would make it this far, so even making it to state is a huge accomplishment. I just want to go there and play some fun golf."
Eagles place fourth
As a team, Zionsville placed fourth with a score of 342.
"I am very proud of the girls and all the efforts they made this year," Nobbe said. "I think they made a lot of improvements."
The Eagles ended up 17 shots out of the final advancing place to the State Finals.
Along with Echeverria's 79, the Eagles got an 85 from Maddie Kaltenmark.
Maddie Diedrich, Lauryn Herbon and Lucy King all shot 89s.
All five girls will be back next year.
"We are a young team, but this year we made a lot of big steps," Nobbe said. "I am excited to see what the girls do in the off-season, so we can come back next year and see how low they can score."
Lebanon's fantastic year finishes with 8th-place finish
A fantastic season for the Lebanon girls golf team came to an end with an 8th-place finish.
The Tigers shot a 353 on the day, just 11 shots out of fourth.
"We wanted to finish around sixth or seventh," Lebanon head coach Abby Messenger said. "I am really proud of the girls, they had a fantastic season. They knew what they needed to do, and all season they played so well, they should be proud of themselves."
Audrey Patterson led the Tigers with an 80, missing an advancing spot to State by a shot.
Anna Robbins fired an 82 for the Tigers, continuing her strong play toward the end of the year.
"I think that is going to help her heading into next year," Messenger said. "She has gained confidence and focus. She is working a lot on her own as well and I am excited for what she can do next year."
Ella Taylor shot a 92 and Kate Williams a 99 for the Tigers.
Brooke Reeves shot a 106.
It was the end of a fantastic season, that saw the Tigers win seven tournaments and set a standard for the future.
"They were super close and really excited to play golf," Messenger said. "They liked to be together and win together. Even today, the way they were all supporting each other was great to see."
WeBo finishes 14th
The Stars shot a 395 to place 14th at the regional, losing on the kick-out with Terre Haute South.
"The girls didn't have any pressure, and we just wanted the girls to enjoy their rounds on a beautiful course," Western Boone head coach Katie Swisher said. "It was great for the seniors to get a final round out here and for the underclassmen to gain some experience."
Star senior Nola Dickerson led the team with a 90.
It was her best round ever at the regional and showed how far she has come.
"Nola has been amazing, she has been our leader," Swisher said. "She shot a 130 here as a freshmen. So that shows how far she has come. She has been a great leader and really consistent."
Jozzy Lewis had a 98 and Stef Dickerson a 99 for the Stars. Makenzie Amich shot a 108 and Gabby Lewis a 114.
"This group has been our most consistent group in a long time," Swisher said. "Last year we broke a lot of records, and coming into this year we kind of had that monkey on our back. To be consistent all year and continue to get better, it's been awesome and a delight to show up to practice and having girls ready to work."
Will Willems is the Sports Editor of the Lebanon Reporter. Follow him on Twitter @Will_Willems.