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For the third straight year, the Corydon Central girls' golf team has advanced to regional competition.
This time, the Lady Panthers were able to split between rivals Floyd Central and New Albany. The Lady Highlanders posted an impressive 308 score to win comfortably, but Corydon Central jumped to claim the second spot with a 357. New Albany took the third advancing spot, tallying a 370, while Silver Creek just missed with a 375.
"Everybody knew Floyd was going to win; it wasn't a matter of if, but by how much," Corydon Central coach Kevin Nash said. "We were trying to vie for that second or third spot to get to regional, and we did. I figured it was four schools for two spots. I felt like we should have had the edge with it being our home course."
Hitting an iron into the No. 17 green, Corydon Central's Kennedy Nash follows through on a swing that put the ball on the putting surface. Photos by Brian Smith (click for larger version)
Playing the sectional at the Old Capital Golf Club in Corydon on Thursday afternoon, Corydon Central continued its forward progress. Last Saturday, the Lady Panthers comfortably won the Mid-Southern Conference title and turned that good performance into another at sectional.
"I felt like the momentum was going with us from Saturday," Nash said. "We've been practicing well, and the girls have been working hard all week."
Scoring the overall medalist honor was Floyd Central's Eliza Hudson. She finished in a tie with teammate Morgan Stanley with 2-over par 73s (hole No. 10 was used as a par-3) but won a playoff.
Floyd Central claimed four of the top five spots. Breaking up the green and gold was Corydon Central's Kennedy Nash. She finished the day with a 10-over par 81.
"I know if you ask all of them, they are all excited but Kennedy," Nash said. "She's a little disappointed with shooting an 81, but, when you look at her round, she was 5-over after the first five holes but made the turn 3-over with a 39. It was a good bounce back."
Kennedy earned a stroke back on No. 6 with a birdie, followed by another on the front nine's second par-5, No. 8. Her third shot stuck within two feet of the cup for an easy birdie.
Making the turn 3-over, Nash had a tough string of three double-bogeys on Nos. 13 through 15. She managed to finish strong, sinking a lengthy birdie putt on 18 in front of a large gallery of spectators.
To go with Nash's 81, two Lady Panthers — Marie Rothrock and Cortlin Engleman — turned in their best 18-hole rounds in competition.
Rothrock kicked off sectional in style, sinking a birdie on the opening hole to initially take the overall lead. Four pars filled her scorecard on the front nine. Making the turn with a 41, Rothrock had a hard stretch of holes, scoring over par on each until a par on No. 15. She carried that momentum to four consecutive pars, closing her day with an 84.
Engleman shot a 92 for her team. She had three pars, including back-to-back efforts on No. 12 and 13. Two holes later, Engleman birdied the par-4 15th hole leading to a team-best 42 on the back nine.
"For Cortlin to go 50 to 42, I know that 42 is her best on the backside," Nash said. "It helped make it a great day for us."
Also for Corydon Central, Sidney Capelle shot a 100. She bounced back from a 54 on the front to fire a 46 on the back, including a birdie on No. 16. Teammate Lauren Murphy had a similar rough start, shooting a 57 on the front, but a 44 on the back closed her round with a 101.
"Marie had another personal best," Nash said. "Cortlin had a personal best again today. Lauren and Sydney had a rough start to the day. I told them to hang in there and plug away, and they turned and improved to a 46 and 44 on the back. Lauren's 44 on the back was really strong."
Arriving at a second-place finish at sectional isn't what Nash would have predicted early in the year, although it was desired.
"The start of the season wasn't too good, and you want to peak at tournament time and we've done that," Nash said. "Our scores early in the season didn't reflect we'd get to this point. Everyone was struggling. We've been working on the short game and course management."
The second spot advances Corydon Central to the Washington Regional on Saturday.
North Harrison placed seventh as a team at sectional with a score of 519.
Leading the way for the Lady Cats with a pair of pars and a 113 was Jalisa Jones. The second-best score for North Harrison was Brittany McCarty's 128. Also scoring for the Lady Cats were Rachel Biddle (137), Payton Biddle (141) and Brianna Stickler (147).
Participating in its first girls' golf sectional, South Central brought three golfers to the event. The best round for the Lady Rebels belonged to Destiny Avis, who shot a 137. Other participants were Brooklyn Woertz (152) and Adrianna Bowen (167).
The top three individuals advancing without a team were Lilly Smith (Silver Creek, 89), Nicole Kruer (Providence, 90) and Colleen Geldermann (Providence, 92).
At the Jasper Sectional on Saturday, Crawford County's Shelby Cook shot a 101, good enough to advance to the Washington Regional as an individual without a team. Playing the Jasper Municipal Golf Course, Crawford County's Stephanie Johnson shot a 128 while Tiffany King had a 133.
The Washington Regional will take place at Country Oaks Golf Club on Saturday at 8:30 a.m.
To advance to the state finals (Oct. 4 and 5 at The Legends Golf Club in Franklin), the top three teams and top five low individuals excluding those individuals who advance with a team move on.
Team scores (top three advance to regional): 1. Floyd Central 308, 2. Corydon Central 357, 3. New Albany 370, 4. Silver Creek 375, 5. Providence 395, 6. Borden 433, 7. North Harrison 519. No team scores: Charlestown, Clarksville, Jeffersonville, South Central.
Individual scores: 1. Eliza Hudson (FC) 73*, 2. Morgan Stanley (FC) 73, 3. Jessica Ingram (FC) 80, 4. Kennedy Nash (CC) 81, 5. Scarlett Hartlage (FC) 82.
Individuals advancing to regional (top three) without a team: 1. Lilly Smith (SiCr) 89, 2. Nicole Kruer (P), 3. Colleen Geldermann (P) 92*.
*won playoff hole to determine position