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GIRLS GOLF: BNL’s Gilmore caps career in state finals

BNL's Bailee Gilmore, who finished her four-year carer wth BNL coach Aron sanders, finished tied for 59th i the state finals after rounds of 90-84.

BNL’s Bailee Gilmore, who finished her four-year career with BNL coach Aaron Sanders, finished tied for 59th in the state finals after rounds of 90-84.

CARMEL – Bedford North Lawrence senior Bailee Gilmore completed her high school career on Saturday afternoon during the second and final round of the IHSAA state championship at Prairie View.

After a disappointing 90 during the rain-delayed first round, Gilmore came back with a second-day 84 and finished tied for 59th in the field. She carded a birdie on the par-3 fourth hole, but she struggled with her overall game.

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“I still didn’t bounce back like I wanted, but it just wasn’t going for me this weekend,” Gilmore said. “Everything I tried to do, I couldn’t. Everything I did bad yesterday, I did well today, But everything I did well yesterday, it was bad today. It was just kind of a mess.

“I couldn’t hit any solid shots. Whether it was with my driver or irons, nothing was coming off solid. It was either left, right or way short. I couldn’t get it figured out.”

Gilmore got off to another solid start, as she did in Round 1, with her birdie getting her to even par after five holes. She played the next eight holes in 10-over before battling back with four pars on the final five.

“I wish it would have ended a little bit better, but I had fun,” Gilmore said. “All in all, my four years were better than this tournament. It’s been fun. I tried to fight back a little bit, but it just didn’t work out.”

In the team competition, No.2 Evansville North won its third straight state title, posting rounds of 312 and 306 to clip No.1 Westfield by two shots. Columbus North’s Holly Anderson was the state medalist with rounds of 75-71 as she edged Chesterton’s Elyse Stasil by two strokes.