KENDALLVILLE — Rain, rain, go away.
After two lightning delays and with more storms moving in, officials at the East Noble Girls Golf Regional finally decided to delay play until today late Saturday afternoon at Cobblestone Golf Course.
IHSAA rules state that fully half the field must post complete scores in order to resume play at the leaving-off point following a weather postponement, and with everyone still on the front nine at Cobblestone, tournament officials called it a wash, scrapping golfers’ scores for the round and giving them a fresh start as play resumes today.
While it means another long bus trip and full 18 holes at East Noble, most area coaches were looking at the positives Saturday.
“We had a delay for about 30 minutes and then went out and played one hole, and after she teed off on nine, there was a little bolt of lightning, and we marked balls and came in,” said LaVille girls golf coach Steve Read, who made the trip to East Noble with daughter Lauren after she qualified individually for the regional with an 84 at the Penn Sectional Sept. 14.
“For Lauren’s sake, she got eight holes more practice for Monday. We came last Sunday and she played very well. Today the conditions weren’t the same, and she hit a few shots that cost her. She’s lucky, she got a reprieve.”
Plymouth was off to a solid start after the team’s third-place finish at the Warsaw Sectional the previous weekend, but head coach Bruce Rearick had no argument with officials’ decision to scrap Saturday’s results.
“We’d be playing if there weren’t lightning in the system and so you can’t jeopardize the kids by putting them back out,” he said. “They made the right decision. It’s a tough call.”
“All the girls had good tee shots on number one and had a positive experience coming out, so they’re not going to be afraid of it coming back.”
Lady Pilgrims senior Lauren Rearick said that if nothing else, what amounted to an extra practice round Saturday was an opportunity to get out some of the regional jitters before starting official play today.
“Just having the chance to see the course one more time and realizing the first tee really isn’t that intimidating is really helpful,” she said. “I’m really happy about it.”
Meanwhile at the West Lafayette Regional at Battleground Golf Course Saturday, John Glenn closed out its season with a 17th-place finish with 448 points. Host Lafayette Jefferson won the meet on a fifth-score criterion ahead of Valparaiso as both posted 352 team scores. Chesterton earned the final state berth from the meet with a 361 score for third place.
Glenn earned a berth to the tournament after finishing in a tie for second at the LaPorte Sectional Sep. 14. It was an experience to grow on and a strong bookend to the season for the Lady Falcons as Emma Reese carded 109, Maddeleine Silvey, Presley Gee and Morgan Egglestone all shot 113, and Kaylee Matz finished with a 116.