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Golf season culminates at regional for Corydon

October 02, 2013 | 12:40 PM

Eighteen teams packed the Country Oaks Golf Club in Montgomery for the girls' golf regional Saturday.

Making its third appearance in as many years, the Corydon Central girls' golf program posted improving scores from previous efforts at the regional level.

Posting a team score of 367 landed the Lady Panthers an 11th-place finish.

Taking the top spot was Martinsville with an impressive score of 317. The Martinsville team was flanked by fellow state qualifiers Evansville North (320) and Floyd Central (328).

The Lady Highlanders cruised in the Corydon Central Sectional at Old Capital Golf Club and were led by Scarlett Hartlage's 7-over par 79 in regional play.

Corydon Central took a huge step in lowering its score from two previous regional appearances. Although they competed then at a different course (Eagle Valley Golf Course in Evansville), the two previous team scores were 390 in 2012 and 394 in 2011.

Not only were the teams scores an improvement, so were the individual efforts.

Playing in the No. 2 slot, Marie Rothrock scored Corydon Central's best round. She tackled the par-72 course with an 86. Among the highlights of Rothrock's round was a birdie on No. 4 to go with her six pars. On the front nine, Rothrock shot a 41, compared to a 45 on the back.

Nash, a senior along with Rothrock, was two strokes back of her teammate with an 88. The front nine was a struggle for Nash (46) but found better play on the back side when she shot 42. For the day, Nash tallied six pars.

Four of Corydon Central's five participants kept their scores under the 100 mark.

Cortlin Engleman used a five-par performance to shoot 94, while Sidney Capelle carded a 99.

A season ago, Rothrock shot a 93 at regional while Nash had a 102 and Engleman a 114.

Also playing for Corydon Central in her first regional Saturday was Lauren Murphy, who shot a 106.

Taking the top spot among individuals was Bloomington South's Cherise Otter, who won a playoff against Martinsville's Claire Cameron. Both carded 1-over par 73s after 18 holes. Springs Valley's Elizabeth Orr (74) was third.

The top individuals advancing without a team were Otter, Orr, Paxton DeHaven (Seymour, 75), Annie Getzen (Jasper, 76) and Payton Meeks (Vincennes Rivet, 77). Meeks won a playoff for her spot at state.

The Lady Panthers lose three seniors to graduation: Taylor Frederick, Rothrock and Nash. Frederick, who shot an 88 at regional last year, missed the golf season with an injury.

Rothrock and Nash have participated in all three regionals the team has been a part of.

Crawford County's Shelby Cook competed as an individual at regional and finished with a 99. Her best nine came on the front side when she carded a trio of pars to shoot 45.

The top three teams and top five low individuals, excluding those individuals who advance with a team, move on to the state finals, which will be Friday and Saturday (36-hole format) at The Legends Golf Club in Franklin.

Team scores (top three to state): 1. Martinsville 317, 2. Evansville North 320, 3. Floyd Central 328, 4. Evansville Memorial 331, 5. Jasper 331, 6. Vincennes Rivet 331, 7. Bloomington South 342, 8. Bedford North Lawrence 342, 9. Gibson Southern 358, 10. New Albany 362, 11. Corydon Central 367, 12. Castle 371, 13. Seymour 383, 14. Washington 384, 15. Bloomington North 387, 16. Salem 396, 17. Vincennes Lincoln 403, 18. Forest Park 413.

Individual scores: 1. C. Otter (Bloomington South) 73*, 2. C. Cameron (Martinsville) 73, 3. E. Orr (Springs Valley) 74, 4. P. DeHaven (Seymour) 75, 5. A. Getzen (Jasper) 76.

Individuals advancing to state without a team: 1. C. Otter (BS) 73, 2. E. Orr (SV) 74, 3. P. DeHaven (Seymour) 75, 4. A. Getzen (Jasper) 76, 5. P. Meeks (Vincennes Rivet) 77*.

*won playoff

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