Brownstown Central senior Kaela Tormoehlen was named team MVP at the girls golf awards banquet Monday at the Brownstown Central Middle School.
Tormoehlen, the lone senior on the team, finished medalist three times, was named to the All-Mid-Southern Conference team, averaged team-lows at 49.8 and 97 strokes on nine and 18 holes and made the All-State Academic Honorable Mention list.
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“I think Kaela stepped into a leadership role,” Braves coach Brandon Allman said. “The girls kind of looked up to her. Kaela helped me out with things, too. She was a person I could ask to help out with the team. It’s going to be a huge loss for us. On the other side, we have a lot of young players who are going to step up next year.”
Sophomore Emma Zabor also garnered a All-Mid-Southern Conference patch for the Braves.
The most improved award went to Regan Campbell, who dropped eight shots on her nine-holes average.
A mental attitude award was given to freshman KaCee Collins.
Braves junior Breonna Bottorff received an All-Mid-Southern Conference honorable mention certificate and her letter jacket.
The Braves finished 23-14 overall on the season, going 12-3 in nine-hole competitions and 11-11 in 18-hole tournaments.
At the Mid-Southern Conference meet at Shadowood Golf Course in Seymour, the Braves finished third overall before placing fourth at the Bedford North Lawrence Sectional.
“It was a great group of girls,” said Allman, who was in his first year as head coach. “We had no drama, which was one of my biggest fears coming in. The parents were a great group to work with. Anytime I needed help they would step up.”
The Braves will return six of this year’s seven players to their 2016 roster.
Allman said the team made big improvements throughout the season.
“We practiced a lot. We would spend a lot of time hitting balls and short game,” Allman said. “We needed to get a lot more experience. Almost all seven of our girls played in every dual match they had. Some schools will only play in 18-hole matches without duals. For my girls, the nine-hole matches were what we needed. Many of them didn’t have the experience — it gave us the experience we needed.”
Allman said that the girls need to spend time in the offseason on the links to advance to next year’s regional.