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Hinton wins playoff, through to regional

Hinton wins playoff, through to regional
Hinton wins playoff, through to regional
Corydon Central's Sidney Capelle smacks a tee shot on No. 9 Friday at Old Capital Golf Club during the Girls' Golf Sectional. Photos by Brian Smith

Hallie Hinton saved her best shot when it meant the most.
Locked in a playoff for the final advancing spot to regional, Hinton’s approach from the No. 18 fairway at Old Capital Golf Club drew a roar from the gallery. Hitting over a front-side pond, to a blind green, the only thing Hinton could see was the flag stick. When she walked up the hill, Hinton was all smiles. Her shot was a foot from the cup.
‘That took all the guts I had inside of me to hit that shot,’ the freshman said. ‘I felt like I was going to cry and throw up at the same time. After I hit it, even though I knew it was good, I was about to cry because it was so good.’
Playing against Providence’s Colleen Geldermann in the playoff, the Lady Pioneer failed to reach the green in regulation. She’d finish with a bogey, while Hinton tapped in her putt for birdie.
‘I didn’t know it was going to be that close,’ Hinton said of her play at 18. ‘My goal was to get it over the water and two putt. I didn’t want the penalty, so I kept my confidence, focusing on the little things I do, and I did. I’m really proud of myself.’
Hinton wasn’t the lone local to advance from the Corydon Central Sectional on Thursday.
Corydon Central’s Sidney Capelle carded a 19-over par 90 to earn an individual bid.
Capelle’s score was the second best among individuals not advancing on a qualifying team. Providence’s Mary Ann Fitzpatrick took the first slot with an 89. Hinton and Geldermann had 91s.
The course, in prime condition, was played as a par-71, shortening No. 10 to a par-3.
Capelle, playing alongside Hinton, started rounds on the 10th hole. Playing the back nine, Capelle carded pars on holes No. 11, 14 and 16.
Making the turn, Capelle added two additional pars. The key hole for Capelle came on the par-5 No. 8. Her second shot, taken from short of the green-side creek, Capelle landed her ball on the green and allowed it to roll toward the hole. Leaving a short birdie putt, Capelle sank it. She played her back nine (No. 1 through 9 on the course) with a 44.
In the team standings, Floyd Central was the runaway winner with a 318. Silver Creek (345) and New Albany (366) locked up the two additional advancing team spots. Providence was 10 strokes back with a 376. Corydon Central (420) finished fifth, North Harrison (425) sixth and South Central (541) eighth.
The overall medalist was New Albany’s Heidi Steinert, who shot a 5-over par 76. She had a near flawless back nine, going 2-under par. Floyd Central’s Sydney LaDuke (77) was runner-up, followed by teammate Gretchen Garrett (79).
To go with Capelle, Corydon Central had a pair of 108s turned in by Cortlin Engleman and Morgan Nalley. Engleman had a rough time on the back nine, shooting a 58, but turned around to card 50 on the front. She managed a birdie on No. 14.
Nalley went from shooting a 144 in the Mid-Southern Conference meet the Saturday prior, to shaving off nearly 40 strokes. Her best hole Thursday was a par on No. 2, a par-3.
Bailey Combs scored a 114 for the Lady Panthers. She had a bird on No. 14. Teammate Abby Buechele shot a 117.
North Harrison was led by Hinton’s round of 91. She put in a pair of birdies ‘ on Nos. 3 and 11 ‘ during her 18-hole round.
Lady Cat teammates Cassidy Thompson and Brianna Stickler started their day in grand fashion with a birdie on No. 10. Thompson would finish with a 110, while Stickler had a 125. North Harrison’s Katie Alexander made three pars en route to a 108. Sophia Jacobi shot a 116.
South Central’s lowest score came from Brooklyn Woertz, who scored a birdie on No. 16 and finished with a 121. Other participants for the Lady Rebels were Grace Riley (132), Mary Cory (142), Courtney Boley (146) and Destiny Avis (158).
The girls’ golf regional will be played Saturday at 8:30 a.m. at Country Oaks Golf Club in Washington. The top three teams and top five low individuals, excluding those on advancing teams, will advance to state. Admission is free.
Team scores ‘ 1. Floyd Central 318, 2. Silver Creek 345, 3. New Albany 366, 4. Providence 376, 5. Corydon Central 420, 6. North Harrison 425, 7. Jeffersonville 528, 8. South Central 541, (No team scores ‘ Borden, Clarksville).
Individual scores ‘ 1. H. Steinert (NA) 76, 2. S. LaDuke (FC) 77, 3. G. Garrett (FC) 79, 4. M. Stanley (FC) 80, 5. C. Seaton (SiCr) 81.
Individuals advancing without a team ‘ 1. M.A. Fitzpatrick (P) 89, 2. S. Capelle (CC) 90, 3. H. Hinton (NH)*.
*Won 1-hole playoff vs. C. Geldermann (P).