|Providence star in state finals starting today
By Dave Koerner
Providence girls' golf coach John Black thinks senior Aubrey Alexander's game is a good fit with The Legends of Indiana Golf Course, site of the state high school finals, which will get under way this morning.
"It's a course that plays long, 5,700 yards, which is long for girls," he said. "And there are no trees out there, and it can be windy. But she hits long and can handle the wind."
|Black added that it's "very possible" for Alexander to finish in the top 10. "Golf's a funny game," he said. "But she has the game to win the whole thing. Her length has got to be a major advantage for her this weekend." He said her ability to win most likely will hinge on "her chips and her putting." he said. Black isn't surprised that Alexander reached the state finals.
"Her game was there," he said. "But she did have to sacrifice this year. She's the only senior on the team, so I had to spend a lot of time with the younger players."
Alexander qualified for the state finals with an 82 in Saturday's regional at Bedford. She had the second-lowest score
|among golfer not part of an advancing team. Jennings County's Kellie Marshall (79), Madison's Megan Alcorn (84) and Heritage Hills' Chrissy Higgins (84) also advanced to the state finals. This weekend's team favorite is Hamilton Southeastern which is ranked No. 1 in the coaches' association poll Play at the Franklin course will begin at 9 a.m. EDT today, with the tourney concluding tomorrow.|
Friday October 3, 2003
|Providence senior Aubrey Alexander failed to advance to the second round in yesterday's IHSAA Girls' Golf State Finals at Legends of Indiana Golf Course in Franklin.|
Alexander shot a 98 in Friday's first round. She was 12 shots off the cut for today's second round. Alexander carded a 44 on the front nine and 54 on the backside.
Alexander and her fellow competitors faced tough conditions all day. Wind chills were in the 30s, as players had to deal with rain and strong winds. The start of the first round was delayed one hour due to a frost delay.
The Evening News
October 4, 2003
|Providence High School coach John E. Black|
"It's hard to be brief when you're talking about Aubrey. Aubrey as a golfer has improved every year. This year her 42.5 average is 3rd lowest in school history. She has great work ethics. Driving and putting are her strong suit. She can and will play college golf. Aubrey the person is outstanding. She is a leader, a great student and a young lady that would an asset to any college golf team".
Aubrey Lettered 4 yrs... as freshman won rookie of the year,.. Her Soph. year won most improved player,... Jr. yr. mental attitude award,... Senior Yr...Outstanding leadership award,... MVP of the team,... She was medelist 12 times this yr... She had the third lowest season average in school history at 42.5 per 9 holes,... She placed 3rd in sectional, 2nd in regional, and was a state qualifier... John E. Black... Head Girls Golf Coach... Providence High School
New Albany High School coach Jim King
"I've watched Aubrey improve and progress over the last four years and admired her dedication and sportsmanship, even though Providence is the competition it was always a pleasure competing against her. If there's anything I can do to help her in any way I'd be glad to. She's a great kid."
Jeffersonville High School coach Pat Hennegen
"I have watched Aubrey as she has improved in all aspects of the game over the last few years, chipping, putting and her length off the tee. She's really progressed. I was really impressed with how she took on the leadership role, we competed but it was always friendly and we enjoyed her. She's a good kid."
The Hutsie Award - Given to area's top high school athletes for fall sports campaign by the Evening News sports writer ....Mike Hutsell
The Hutsie goes to Alexander......."The pressure of her entire team season placed squarely on her shoulders, and Alexander thrived under it. As the lone returning member of a sectional championship team, all Alexander accomplished this year was making it all the way to her first ever IHSAA state meet as a senior."
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