Cougar golfers regional bound after 3rd-place finish at sectional
The North Harrison boys’ golf team figured it would be in contention for one of the top three spots at the regional tournament.
At Monday’s Floyd Central Sectional at Valley View Golf Course, the Cougars found themselves down six strokes to New Albany at the halfway point for the third spot.
The Cougars bounced back with a strong showing on the back nine and finished eight strokes better than New Albany for third place. North Harrison carded a team score of 316, just behind first-place finisher Floyd Central (297) and second-place finisher Providence (302).
‘We’re pleased,’ North Harrison coach Kelly Cooper said. ‘Our goal coming into the season was to win a sectional, but the ultimate goal was to just make sure we get out. I see the scores from Providence and Floyd, and they put some good ones up. This is Floyd’s home course, and I am just happy our guys get to move on.’
North Harrison was led by senior Matt Bruce, who finished fourth overall with a 2-over par 73.
‘I got off to a better start than normal. Here, for some reason, I have trouble on the first few holes,’ Bruce said. ‘Overall, if I had to choose, if I could play really good today or Friday, I’d choose Friday. The team made it out, so I’m pretty happy with that.’
Bruce missed a birdie opportunity on No. 7 but followed with birdies on Nos. 8 and 9 to go out even par after the first nine. He also birdied No. 17 en route to finishing with a 73.
‘I went to bed early last night, which was a big thing, and I got to thinking about just relaxing and having fun,’ he said.
The biggest mover for the Cougars was senior Dylan Spencer. He struggled through the first seven holes, but, after a double bogey on No. 7, he stepped up his game. Over the final 11 holes, he birdied No. 13 and 16 to close out the back nine 1-under par for a 77 overall.
‘It is a good testament for him to start 7-over after seven holes and to come back and play two-under par the rest of the way,’ Cooper said. ‘Hopefully, he takes that and steamrolls that into Friday. He was really tight early, but it was great that he bounced back the way he did.’
Also carding scores and moving on as a team for North Harrison were Chris Worrall (80), Nick Morris (86) and Daniel Matthews (87).
Providence’s Trey Pfund led all scorers with an even par 71.
Corydon Central was led by Michael Merk’s 85. The Panthers finished eighth as a team, with a score of 358. Also carding scores for the Panthers were Josh Faulkenburg (89), Craig Whelan (90), Ryan Coffman (94) and Jesse Ashton (112).
Lanesville finished just behind Corydon Central, with a score of 360 for ninth place. The Eagles were one stroke better than Southern Athletic Conference rival Henryville.
Lanesville was led by Clayton Engel’s 4-over par on the back nine, finishing with an 84. Also scoring for the Eagles were Andy Glomb (88), Kyle Murray (91), Bradley Wright (96) and Ryan Wernert (99).
South Central finished with a 542 and was led by Jake Laclain’s 114.
The Seymour Regional will take place at Shadowood Golf Course at 8 a.m. Friday. The top three teams plus top three low individuals not on a qualifying team move on to the state finals.
Team results ‘ 1. Floyd Central 297, 2. Providence 302, 3. North Harrison 316, 4. New Albany 324, 5. Scottsburg 332, 6. Jeffersonville 342, 7. Silver Creek 354, 8. Corydon Central 358, 9. Lanesville 360, 10. Henryville 361, 11. Borden 400, 12. Austin 416, 13. New Washington 419, 14. Clarksville 436, 15. South Central 542, 16t. Christian Academy NTS, 17t. Charlestown NTS.