The Northview girls golf team is no stranger to postseason success and this year is not exception after a solid sectional victory over Terre Haute North and South last week. But this Saturday, the action and competition will heat up as the Knights head into the Bedford North Lawrence Golf Regional.
Northview is one of nine teams to take on the Otis Park Golf Course this weekend in a solid field that includes not only Vigo County rivals Terre Haute North and South, but third-ranked Evansville Memorial who has as much winning-experience as the Knights.
The Tigers have to be considered as one of the odds on favorites to win the team regional title along with the 10th-ranked Knights.
Evansville Memorial returns senior Danielle Wolter who finished in a tie for 13th in the state championships last season with her two-round score of 165 (84-81) and teammate Catherine Hofmann shot a 178 (84-94) and returns as well. Junior Carrie Tisserand carded a 113 in the first round last year as the Tigers missed the first day team cut with a 12th place finish.
The Knights on the other hand placed eighth in the state last season and return top golfer Amy Thiemann who is a three-time sectional champion who tied for 16th in the state last season with her score of 168 (85-83).
The Knights also return No. 2 golfer Brittney Cheek and No. 3 golfer Kelsey Smith who each have state championship experience to bring to the plate to steady freshmen Millie Akers and Madison Kirchner who will bring their talents to the team.
In last season's regional, the Knights captured the team title on the strength of their fifth player's score as they tied at 351 with Memorial as Madison placed third, 10 strokes back.
Thiemann and Jennings County's Kellie Marshall tied for medalist honors with a 77 each while Wolter was tied for third place with a 79.
The Otis Park Golf Course in Bedford puts a premium on accuracy off the tee and good approach shots. The Knights biggest advantage could be their length off the tee with Thiemann and Cheek both possessing the ability to hit big drives. However, they'll have to be careful as a handful of holes have out-of-bounds that put premium's on accuracy. Challenging greens also make putting key to a good round.
On the line for Northview this weekend is a shot at a third state finals berth in four years. With their experience on Otis Park's course coupled with Thiemann, Cheek and Smith's post-season experience don't count out the another trip to The Legends Course for the Knights.