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GOLF: Stumbles, but no fall for Stars

Taylor Norman follows the flight of her tee shot on the seventh hole at Otis Park on Thursday afternoon.

BNL’s Taylor Norman follows the flight of her tee shot on the seventh hole at Otis Park on Thursday afternoon.

BNL starts sectional prep

with wins over Paoli and

Brownstown at Otis Park

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

With the postseason approaching, with the sense of urgency to play at peak levels starting to build, Bedford North Lawrence posted wins over Brownstown and Paoli on Thursday afternoon.

The Stars posted a team total of 172 on the front side at Otis Park, almost hitting their 9-hole team average on the mark. How they got there was anything but average.

Their leader stumbled, their sixth player was solid, and their talented sophomore in the second spot in the lineup came through with a sound round. Losing was never really a threat, because Brownstown (204) and Paoli (250) don’t have the firepower. But with the sectional now only 9 days away, BNL needs to show signs that its summer of preparation will lead to a fall of conquest.

“It was one of those roller-coaster rounds,” BNL coach Aaron Sanders said. “All in all, everyone is hitting the ball pretty decent. We’ll certainly be ready for the sectional.”

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GIRLS GOLF: Jasper jolts BNL by a deuce

Taylor Norman

Taylor Norman

JASPER – Home-course knowledge powered Jasper to a 171-173 victory over Bedford North Lawrence on the front nine of the municipal course at Jasper on Tuesday afternoon.

Maddie Wagner paced the Wildcats with a 1-over 37 while the Stars struggled to avoid trouble, posting 10 scores of double-bogey or worse among the top four scorers.

“We have to start identifying trouble off the tee,” BNL coach Aaron Sanders said. “We’ve got to get on the tee box, take dead aim, and keep the ball in play.”

Taylor Norman, who parred the first five holes, carded a 40 to pace the Stars. Bailee Gilmore, off her game with her putting stroke, had three doubles and finished with a 43, while Carly Stigall fired a 44.

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GIRLS GOLF: Stars settle for 7th in South Invite

Ashlyn Eagan mug

Ashlyn Eagan

Bailee Gilmore

Bailee Gilmore

BLOOMINGTON – Bedford North Lawrence finished 7th in the loaded 16-team Bloomington South Invitational on Saturday.

The Stars, with every player breaking 90, posted a team total of 337. No.2 Evansville North won the title with 303, followed by No.5 Columbus North (307) and No.19 Martinsville (319).

Bailee Gilmore paced BNL with a 75, while Ashlyn Eagan (a career-low 86), Taylor Norman (88) and Carly Stigall (88) completed the scoring. Taylor Chase had a career-best 89 in the fifth spot.

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BNL Coaches Corner – week 3

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GOLF: Stars take back way to victory

Bailee Gilmore

Bailee Gilmore

Bedford North Lawrence cruised to a 172-212 triumph over Seymour during a nine-hole tour of the back side at Otis Park on Tuesday afternoon.

Bailee Gilmore, fresh from winning medalist honors in the Hoosier Hills Conference tournament, led the way for the Stars with a 2-over 37 that included two bogeys (holes 12 and 16) and a steady seven pars.

Taylor Norman posted a 43 that included pars on holes 11, 16 and 17. Ashlyn Eagan added a 45 while Carly Stigall and Darian Corra completed the scoring with 47s.

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GOLF: Stars claim HHC championship

Taylor Chase

Taylor Chase

Bailee Gilmore

Bailee Gilmore

BNL takes the title

by single stroke via

fifth-player tiebreaker

GALENA – Every shot, from every player in the lineup, counted as Bedford North Lawrence claimed the Hoosier Hills Conference championship on Saturday afternoon.

The Stars carded a team total of 346 at Valley View and clipped defending champion Floyd Central by one shot – on the fifth-player tiebreaker – to record their first conference title since 1994. BNL senior Bailee Gilmore was the individual medalist with a 77.

While Gilmore led the charge at the top of the lineup, the difference was ultimately at the bottom. Golf team scores are the four best out of the five on the course, with the fifth score used to break deadlocks. BNL’s Taylor Chase was in that position, and her 96 was one shot better than Floyd Central’s counterpart.

“To use all five scores is pretty special,” BNL coach Aaron Sanders said. “We sat down in January and talked about setting goals. This was right at the top of the list. They worked at it, did it the right way. All of them put in the time and effort. It’s nice to be rewarded.”

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GOLF: BNL rolls to triumph over South

Bailee Gilmore

Bailee Gilmore

Taylor Norman

Taylor Norman

BLOOMINGTON – Bailee Gilmore and Taylor Norman played nearly identical rounds and finished with the same score while leading Bedford North Lawrence to a win over Bloomington South on the front nine at Bloomington Country Club on Thursday afternoon.

Gilmore and Norman both posted 39s as the Stars carded 171 and cruised to a 40-shot win.

Norman had a birdie on the par-5 eighth hole to offset three bogeys, and Gilmore suffered only a pair of bogeys (the first and fifth holes) to set the tone for the Stars. Ashlyn Eagan totaled a 46 (that included a birdie on the par-3 seventh), and Taylor Chase completed the scoring with a 47.

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GOLF: Stars suffer first loss of the season

Carly Stigall mug

Carly Stigall

Bailee Gilmore

Bailee Gilmore

GALENA  – Floyd Central defended its home turf and handed Bedford North Lawrence its first loss of the season on Tuesday afternoon.

The Highlanders, paced by Lauren Decker and Sydney LaDuke, carded a nine-hole team score of 158 on the front nine at Valley View. BNL totaled 170, while Seymour was a distant third with 211.

Bailee Gilmore carded a 3-over 39 for the Stars with 4 bogeys and a birdie on the par-5 7th hole. Carly Stigall (43), Taylor Norman (44) and Darian Corra (44) completed the scoring for the Stars. BNL had already posted a win over the Highlanders during the Seymour Invitational but could not duplicate it on Floyd’s home course.

“A bit of a wake-up call for some of us tonight,” BNL coach Aaron Sanders said. “Floyd is a good program, and we’re going to have to play well to beat them. And that’s the way it should be.”

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GOLF: Stars shatter school mark at Country Oaks

Taylor Norman

Taylor Norman

Bailee Gilmore

Bailee Gilmore

Gilmore, Norman lead BNL

to record 9-hole score of 160

MONTGOMERY – Bedford North Lawrence got its first look at Country Oaks, the host site of the IHSAA regional, and took a super selfie with a great score on Thursday afternoon.

The Stars posted a school-record team total of 160 on the front nine while easily conquering Washington (195). Bailee Gilmore carded a 1-under 35 to lead the way while sophomore Taylor Norman fired a 39 and Taylor Chase posted a career-best 42.

Gilmore had two birdies (the first and third holes) and only one stumble (a bogey on the fourth). Norman suffered a double on the par-5 first, then parred seven of the next eight holes. Chase birdied the ninth as BNL shattered the previous 9-hole mark of 169 (set in 2014).

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GOLF: From GOT to the least, Flick’s legacy lives

Former British Open champion and Ryder Cup captain Tom Lehman shares his memories of Jim Flick during the official dedication of the training center named in Flicks honor at Otis Park.

Former British Open champion and Ryder Cup captain Tom Lehman shares his memories of Bedford native Jim Flick during the official dedication of the training center named in Flick’s honor at Otis Park.

Bedford native still remembered

as one of the great instructors

by golf legends he influenced

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

“There is no remembrance of former things, neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after.”

-Ecclesiastes 1:11

Too many prominent people worry about their legacy. How will they be remembered when they are gone? What will be chronicled about them? That’s a little arrogant, considering life is but a vapor that vanishes.

Jim Flick, one of the greatest teachers in the history of golf, had many reasons to consider his place in history. And he cared nothing about it. That’s why, almost four years after his death, the Bedford native is still revered by great men who pause to reflect on the impact Flick had on their lives.

Jim Flick was one of the top teachers in golf. Photo courtesy PGA of America

Jim Flick was one of the top teachers in golf.
Photo courtesy PGA of America

His hometown, thanks to the efforts of the Bedford Recreation Foundation, Flick’s widow Geri and the Parks Department, dedicated the new teaching facility in Flick’s honor on Monday afternoon, and the sparkling Jim Flick Memorial Golf Center at Otis Park is a fitting tribute to a humble man who spent his career teaching thousands. From Jack Nicklaus, still the greatest of all time, to the weekend hacker, to the young and brash kid who needed proper guidance, Flick lived to serve.

That’s why Tom Lehman, a former British Open champion and Ryder Cup captain, drove from Columbus, Oh. – taking time away from his preparation for the U.S. Senior Open – to attend the official ceremony and ribbon cutting for the new indoor training facility. Lehman, back in 1990, was that brazen rookie who knew he was good but was smart enough to know what he lacked. Flick helped him discover it.

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