Eckert, Ham narrowly miss ticket to state golf as Lady Vikes place 10th at regional

Laura Ham, a junior on the Huntington North High School girls’ golf team, chips onto the green on the first hole at Noble Hawk Golf Links, in Kendallville, during the East Noble Regional on Saturday, Sept. 23. The Lady Vikings placed 10th with a score of 357 and did not qualify for state.
Laura Ham, a junior on the Huntington North High School girls’ golf team, chips onto the green on the first hole at Noble Hawk Golf Links, in Kendallville, during the East Noble Regional on Saturday, Sept. 23. The Lady Vikings placed 10th with a score of 357 and did not qualify for state. Photo by Steve Clark.

Amara Eckert and Laura Ham narrowly missed advancing to state as individuals for the Huntington North High School girls’ golf team, which finished 10th at the East Noble Regional on Saturday, Sept. 23, at Noble Hawk Golf Links, in Kendallville.

Eckert, a junior, shot a 79, which was just one stroke shy of forcing a playoff with Angola’s Gabby Kelly and Northwood’s Mackenzie Weaver for the final two advancing spots to state. Ham, also a junior, carded an 80.

Battling sweltering heat as much as the course, the Lady Vikings scored a 357 at the tournament. Senior Jaclyn Boyd contributed to that total with a 90 while junior Crosley Stanley supplied a 108.

Huntington North’s fifth golfer, junior Danielle Gonser, did not finish her round.

Homestead won the regional with a score of 296. DeKalb was runner-up with a 317 while Bishop Dwenger claimed the third and final state ticket with a 326.

Penn placed fourth with a 327, followed by Northwood, 335; Northridge, 345; Manchester, 348; St. Joseph, 349; Angola, 356; Huntington North, 357; and Bremen, 362;

Also, Concord, 366; Carroll, 367; Warsaw, 373; Madison-Grant, 388; Mishawaka Marian, 399; Heritage, 401; and Bellmont, 405.

Homestead’s Emma Schroeder was medalist with a round of 67, one stroke better than Sarah Frazier of Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger.

Individuals advancing without a team were Northridge’s Braedyn O’Dell, 73; Penn’s Lyvia Li, 73; Bishop Luers’ Madeleine Pape, 75; and Kelly and Weaver.