Tipton golfer Lucy Quigley has achieved many accomplishments in her high school career. Highlights include winning the 2020 Lafayette Jeff Regional, qualifying for the 2019 and ’20 State Finals, and making the all-state team in both years.
Fittingly, Quigley will crown her Blue Devil career with another appearance in the state finals.
“I’m happy for her,” said Tipton coach Jason Bales. “I know this was one of her individual goals and seeing how she accomplishes it is good for the soul. She has put in a lot of work over the four years, and honestly even longer. Personally, I remember training her as a sixth grader – and it’s hard to believe we’re already here. “
The State Finals will take place on Friday and Saturday at the Prairie View GC in Carmel. All 100 players play both rounds. Quigley has an 8:39 am tee time on Friday. Lapel junior Macy Beeson, the reigning national champion, is one of her threesomes.
“She’s very focused on the weekend, but she’s enjoying the moment,” added Bales. “It was pretty great [Tuesday] Spending time with her on her training session and playing with her dad. I really feel like she wants to end her high school career on the right track. Tipton is certainly well represented, no question about it. “
Quigley was ranked 37th in the state for his sophomore year in 2019, and 17th as a junior last year. She wants to climb higher again this year with the aim of finishing in the top 5 and getting back to the all-state team.
“After years of playing summer golf tournaments, training rounds, and the state tournaments at Prairie View, I know very well what gives me confidence,” she said.
The course also suits their game.
“I finished the summer season very well, but it took me some time to get used to the shorter stretches of the high school season. I’m looking forward to the length of Prairie View, ”she said.
Quigley took a strong second place in the Lafayette Jeff Regional on Saturday at the Battle Ground GC. Before that, she took third place in the Western Sectional of the Chippendale GC
“They’ve had a really solid senior season,” said Bales. “Her results have been consistent all season and in the last few weeks she has started to play really well. Her ball stroke has been as good as I’ve seen her in the past few weeks, and she always hit the ball well.
“In order for her to play in all aspects of the game, Lucy has a great chance to do something special in Prairie View.”
Bales pointed to Quigley’s sharpened mental strength as an important aspect of their game. He said it showed up in the regional.
“After a bogey and a double at the beginning of her round, she finished the last 14 holes with 1-under. She shot when she had to. She only finds one way to do it. She is a competitor and her work ethic – in everything – is contagious, ”he said.
After 12 years, Quigley’s golf career is coming to an end. She wants to study Marketing at Indiana University.
“I am happy to end my golf career here at the state finals. I’m looking forward to what I’m capable of, ”she said.