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NH makes it out for first time

NH makes it out for first time
NH makes it out for first time
Dylan Spencer fired a two-over par round to lead the Cougars Monday. (Photo by Brian Smith)

The buzz Monday in the clubhouse at Valley View Golf Club in Floyds Knobs wasn’t the fact two-time defending state champions Floyd Central won their sixth straight sectional title.
The buzz from players, coaches and supporters was the remarkable run North Harrison gave the defending champs. The Cougars finished second overall as a team, just nine strokes behind the Highlanders. The impressive 304 team score was plenty enough for the team to advance to the Shadowood Regional on Friday.
‘I’m very happy and pleased with the way they played today,’ North Harrison coach Kelly Cooper said. ‘Getting out of this sectional gives us a shot at getting out at regional.’
When the teams made the turn to the back nine, North Harrison trailed Floyd Central by five strokes, but also had Providence and New Albany on its heels. Only three teams can advance to regional play.
Dylan Spencer had an outstanding day on the sunbaked links for the Cougars. The junior posted a two-over par 73, good for second place overall. After carding a double bogey on the first hole, Spencer cruised through seven consecutive pars before sinking a birdie on No. 9. His back-nine round featured two birdies and three bogeys.
North Harrison’s balance and depth was evident at the halfway house. The team’s No. 1 golfer, Matt Bruce, carded the fourth best score for nine holes with a 40. The junior struggled through the first six holes, starting six-over par. Bruce came back strong and finished six-over for the day with a 77.
‘Dylan played great,’ Cooper said. ‘Matt struggled early, but I am really proud of the way he came back after the slow start.’
Chris Worrall had the second lowest score for the Cougars, firing a 38 on both sides for a 76.
Sophomore Daniel Matthews’ day was very impressive as the team’s No. 5 golfer. He opened eyes with a 38 on the front nine, then finished with a 40 on the backside for a round of 78. Cooper said it was easily his best round of the year. Also for North Harrison, Nick Morris finished with a round of 87.
‘I suspected the guys were capable of shooting a low round,’ Cooper said. ‘We figured under 310 would get us out, so we set a goal of 306 to 310 as a team. They exceeded those expectations.’
Cooper said since the team won the Mid-Southern Conference title, the team has been playing really well. He said a couple guys struggled in spurts early in the season, but the last three weeks everyone has been peaking.
Last season, Spencer and Bruce advanced to the regional as individuals. Cooper said both play Shadowood, the site of the regional, in the summer and the team participated in one event there this season.
‘If we keep making consistent good swings and keep putting well, the kids will do all right,’ Cooper added.
Providence ended up the third team to advance to regionals with a team score of 318. New Albany finished fourth with a 320. Floyd Central’s Chase Cadel shot the lowest round on the day, an even-par 71.
Corydon Central didn’t have a bad day, finishing seventh with a 361. Cody Warmoth led the Panthers with an 87. He was flanked by Josh Faulkenburg who carded an 88. Also scoring for Corydon Central were Michael Merk (93), Ryan Coffman (93) and Brian Baker (98).
Lanesville finished the day with a team score of 399, good for 10th place. Ryan Wernert was the low scorer for the Eagles with a 93. Wernert was followed by Andy Glomb’s 98, Bradley Wright’s 102, Kyle Murray’s 106 and David Kaufer’s 119.
South Central sent out two golfers, Chance Howard and J. Mathes who finished with 96 and 101, respectively.
The regional will be held Friday at 8 a.m. at Shadowood Golf Course in Seymour. The top three teams plus the top three low individual scorers including all ties for third, excluding those individuals who advance with a team, move on to state. The state finals are two rounds at The Legends of Indiana Golf Course in Franklin on June 10 and 11.
Team scores ‘ (top 3 advance to regional) ‘ Floyd Central 295, North Harrison 304, Providence 318, New Albany 320, Silver Creek 328, Jeffersonville 333, Corydon 361, Henryville 368, Scottsburg 369, Lanesville 399, Christian Academy of Indiana 406, Clarksville 416, Borden 418, Austin 422, New Washington 435, Charlestown NTS, South Central NTS.
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