City’s Thomas rebounds at state for 85 total

September 28, 2018

After reaching the turn in her round at Friday’s state golf finals, Lia Thomas thought she needed a change.

“I’ve always putted with a glove on,” the Michigan City sophomore said. “I’m just more comfortable with it, but I needed to do something different, so I took it off.”

The bare hand made a difference on the second (front) nine for Thomas, who didn’t have a three-putt in her finishing half, rallying from a 45 on her opening nine to card a 40 for an 85 total at Prairie View Golf Club in Carmel.

“There were definitely some nerves starting out,” she said. “I was playing bogey golf. I wasn’t adjusting to the greens. They’re big. I was hitting into a lot of bunkers. I wasn’t choosing the right clubs. I just wasn’t really playing smart. I made sure I played smart on the second nine.”

Thomas double bogeyed her first and third holes and was seven-over through five before recording her first par on the par-three 15th, her sixth hole. Twelve-over after 11, she strung six pars together before a finishing bogey.

“She just grinded it out,” City coach Drew White said. “I wouldn’t say she was down on herself, but I told her she just needed to relax. She really found her rhythm the rest of the round. I’m proud of the way she finished.”

Westfield’s Jocelyn Burch held a four-shot lead with a 68. She was the only golfer to break par. Thomas is one shot behind Portage’s Olivia Wood, whose 84 was the best score among the eight local golfers in the tournament.

Day 2 of state is Saturday.

“I don’t have a certain goal,” Thomas said of the second round. “I’d just like to stay on the other side of 85, to definitely try to beat that.”

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