Sectional champion Terre Haute South, runner-up Northview and third-placed Terre Haute North will face several new things on Saturday when these teams compete at the girls’ regional high school golf school.
different cycle. And hope.
A rerun of the tournament by the Indiana High School Athletic Association sends survivors of the Northview division last week to Country Oaks, near Washington, instead of Smok Golf Course on the southeast side of Indianapolis.
Smock is a tough track that isn’t easy to get to, but those weren’t the reasons why the Wabash Valley teams didn’t like being in the area there. This year, five of the state’s top eight teams will be at Smock, vying for three spots in the state finals, and this has been the case for nearly every season.
At Country Oaks, the second-ranked Castle was the favorite on paper after shooting 296 in its clip, Bedford North Lawrence is ranked 17th and comes after winning a clip on its home track. But that’s it (although the Evansville Memorial has some traditions on its side).
Which led to Southern coach Kara Stocky, who doesn’t have a reputation for making reckless statements, saying: “As long as we can avoid the big numbers in some [Country Oaks’] Problematic holes and playing with the same confidence we did in the divisions, then love our chances of snatching a place for the team in the state.”
The Braves scored 310 points for the team at Forest Park last week, with Riley Roscoe falling short of a Medal of Honor winning score of 70. Presley White had the fourth-best score with a score of 78, and Abi English and Avery Cassell tied for the sixth-best score. With 81 seconds, Gabbie Blakeney’s 87 shot would have been the best performance of all but three teams in the sectional field.
Northview, which scored No. 2, No. 3 and No. 5 (Kyia Fox 75, Karsyn Kikta 77, Aubrey Jackman 80) may also be on the hunt — Amber Moreland and Aneka Maurer completed Northview lineup last week — while Terre Haute North and Delaney Ferrres lineup (84 in cross-section), Emma Loebhausen, Jordyn Arney, Ally MacDonald, and Macy Payne might make some noise as well.
“We’re excited to be playing at Country Oaks,” Northview coach Josh Trout said. “I am familiar with the course from years of regionals with [Northview] Boys team.
“It’s a beautiful course. The girls have had a chance to play it a few times and I think they’ve gained some confidence there,” Trout continued. “We are excited about the new opportunity and believe we can compete with this field.”
“The team is very excited to go play at Country Oaks,” said North coach Walker Smith. “I think it’s a great regional course.
“It will take discipline and mental toughness to play well, while there are some loopholes to take advantage of,” he added. “We will be sharing the tournament with some of the best players in the state. We are excited to be in this company [and have done] We do all we can to prepare.”
“We always play on call at Country Oaks, so we are familiar with the course, and we were able to participate in a practice round,” Stocky said. [last Saturday]. ”
Joining the Braves, Knights and Patriots are Phoebe Henderson of Parke Heritage and Alie and Madie Newby of South Putnam, who qualified with the top three sectional results not in an advanced team.
One of the differences in qualifying for the state finals this season includes the best grades among the teams that don’t graduate. Only two golfers will advance instead of five as in previous years.