Nadaline wins second Indiana Junior PGA Championship in three years
By Nathan Brown
The Herald Bulletin
ANDERSON—After a less than stellar summer of individual tournaments, Anderson senior golfer Morgan Nadaline said she was really in need of back-to-back solid rounds of golf to prepare her for success in her final season of high school golf this fall.
Although Friday’s round at Honeywell Golf Course in the Indiana Section Jr. PGA Championship didn’t quite live up to her standards, she managed to run away with the title — her second in three years — and clinch an invite to play at Trump National Golf Club in Washington D.C. July 30 to Aug. 2 in the Junior PGA Championship.
She finished the tournament with a two-day total of a five-over-par 147 to win by three strokes over Marion’s Kayla Adamson.
Nadaline completed Thursday’s round with a one-under score of 70, giving her a comfortable four-stroke lead over Claire Cameron of Martinsville going into Friday’s final round.
“I knew I had a big enough lead and enough room that if I didn’t play as well today, I knew I had a cushion there to help,” Nadaline said.
The Anderson senior said that her putting game was especially on par Thursday, allowing her to cash in on several birdie opportunities on the fairly short course which stands at just over 5,000 yards from the women’s tees.
Friday, she digressed. Her iron shots weren’t putting her close enough to be in a good position to have a decent shot at birdie, and her putting game wasn’t quite as sharp either, but she managed to sustain her lead and pull off the victory.
“Today when I started not playing well, I got more nervous because I had to step it up and play a little better,” she said. “The girls I was playing with (Cameron and Amanda Detmer) were the ones I was worried about the most because they were the ones who could put up really good scores and were the biggest competitors I had.
“They weren’t playing as well either, and that’s when I started wondering about the girls in front of me and how they were doing, but I just had to stay calm.”
But for Pendleton Heights star senior Colin Proctor, Friday’s round didn’t end quite as smoothly. After sitting six strokes back of leader Mike Lee of Crown Point after Thursday’s round, Proctor put on a surge Friday to go for a four-under 67 for the day – the lowest round for any boy or girl in the tournament.
The low round put him in a tie for first place after two rounds of tournament golf, knotted with Lee and Clark Tiller, but Proctor failed to prevail in a playoff, ending the day in second place.
Proctor’s teammates senior Tyler Meyer and Zach Farrer also competed in the two-day tournament. Meyer finished the two days with a seven-over 149, and Farrer failed to make the cut after a round of 79 on Thursday.
Lapel’s Mitchell Richardson and Anderson’s Jacob Gray also competed but failed to make th cut with scores of 83 and 90, respectively.
On the girls’ side, Nadaline’s Anderson teammate Rachel Johnson competed but fell short of the cut line with a round of 88. Pendleton’s Emily Tilton also missed the cut after Thursday’s round of 92.
Attempts to reach Proctor for comment were unsuccessful.