Oct. 2—CARMEL — Zionsville junior Addison Echeverria started off her journey at the IHSAA State Finals on Friday afternoon.
Echeverria shot a 12-over 84 in the opening round, putting her 38th out of the 100 golfers in the field.
"She was confident all day and just enjoying it," Zionsville head coach Maggie Nobbe said. "This whole round was a positive for her to start off on."
This is Echeverria's first experience at the State Finals.
Nobbe said coming into the round, the key was just to soak it all in and have fun with the experience.
"We wanted her to enjoy this experience being at state," Nobbe said. "Hopefully this gives her motivation to get back here again next year, not just as an individual, but as a team as well. I just wanted her to come out and play confident."
Echeverria started on hole 10, and started off with a double bogey, but bounced back with two-straight pars.
She had a bogey on 13, 14, 16 and 18, but sprinkled in a birdie on the 15th to make her turn at 5-over.
She bogeyed four of the first five holes on her second night, but birdied the sixth before parring 7 and 8. She ran into a little trouble on the tough ninth hole, but still had a strong round.
"She had a couple little things with chipping and putting, but these greens are fast and she isn't used to that," Nobbe said. "She adjusted really well as the round went on and I think she will continue that into tomorrow."
The only junior on the Eagles with four sophomore teammates, Nobbe said that Echeverria playing at state can be a boost for the entire team.
She said it can also be the boost Echeverria can use to help lead the team to a great season next year.
"I think this is a great experience for her to have, and she can use it as a leader on the team," Nobbe said. "She can show the other girls what we want to work toward."
Will Willems is the Sports Editor of the Lebanon Reporter. Follow him on Twitter @Will_Willems.