The North Huskies girls' golf team won the sectional title over the weekend by 23 strokes over the Memorial girls, thanks in large part to Taylor Howerton, who was the individual medalist after shooting 68.
Howerton's journey to becoming one of Indiana's best high school players started when she was very young. Her father is a professional at Sultan's Run in Jasper, her mother played for the University of Evansville.
"My dad got me started in it, and I started loving it," she says. "And its a good lesson in life too. If you make a mistake you've gotta just get back up and make the next situation a lot better."
Howerton's golfing genes only go so far. Hours of practice, hitting ball after ball, are now paying off.
"She's got the game that everybody looks up to," says first-year North coach Ken Wempe. "She really works hard on her game. I think Taylor's one of the hardest workers out here."
Her sights are set on Bloomington. Howerton the Huskie will soon be Howerton the Hoosier.
"I've always wanted to go to IU," she says. "It's always been a dream of mine. Now I get to live that dream."
But the college days can wait. Howerton the Huskie is hoping to lead her North teammates to a state title. Taylor and the rest of the North girls' team will head to Country Oaks in Washington for regionals on Saturday.