Floyd golfers prevail at Corydon sectional
Wade Bell, Contributing Writer
The Floyd Central girls’ golf team continued its domination of local high school golf Saturday afternoon, winning its eighth straight sectional championship at the Corydon Central sectional on the Old Capital Golf Course. The Lady Highlanders also took home individual honors with Sophie Cook and Zoe Hoehn shooting low scores of 75, Cook winning the medalist award in a one-hole playoff.
“We had a little bit of a struggle late, but I’m so proud of these girls,” said Floyd Central coach Kara Collier. “They persevered. They stuck to it, and they did what they needed to do. To have Zoe and Sophie tie, I’m going to call them co-medalists. That’s what they are. No one can take away their 75s. I’m so proud of both of them, and everybody played well today.”
With little to no rain the week and a half before, the course played extremely fast. That made it tough for the golfers to read, especially the greens.
“They were really fast because it was dry, and they double-cut them and rolled them a few days ago so they were really fast from that,” said Corydon Central senior Paige Richardson. “It’s always kind of hard to judge with our greens, but that kind of made it a little more difficult. But, since we practice here all the time, it’s a little easier for us.”
“Normally, they’re so fast and I wasn’t worried about anything, but this morning it was so cold that it sucked anything out of them,” said North Harrison senior Addie Morrison. “So, it was very difficult. I was really expecting them to be a lot easier than that. They weren’t as fast, and I thought they would be. I play here all the time. This is where we play or practice, and they’re normally all the same. Some of them were easier where they placed the cups but, just by reading them wise, it was very difficult.”
The Floyd Central team started out well on the front nine. Hoehn had a 33 at the halfway point, and Cook was right behind with a 36 for the nine holes. Trinity Bramer and Haleigh Cullins were tied at 40, and Audrey Giovenco finished her front nine with a 41.
“On the front nine, I played really well,” said Hoehn, whose score included an eagle on the eighth hole.
“I just took today as a normal day,” said Cook. “I just played. It’s golf. You can’t expect yourself to play good because you never know what’s going to happen. You try not to think about it. … I focus on one shot at a time. That’s how you do it.”
Morrison struggled on the front nine with a single par, that one coming on the ninth hole, finishing the front nine with a 59. Mac-
Kenzie Koch had the low score for the Lady Cats on the front nine with a 55.
“It was really stressful,” Morrison said. “I started off bad, but the weather was amazing. We’ve never had this good of weather during a (sectional) golf match. For sectional, I know a lot the girls were really nervous but, as for North Harrison, I was really proud. I’m excited and glad it’s over, but I’m sad it’s my last senior year.”
Richardson worked to keep herself in search of a regional spot with a 46 on the front nine.
“It was pretty good,” she said. “It was a bit stressful at the beginning, but I was trying to come out of it.”
New Albany, however, was making a game out of it with the Lady Highlanders. Laken Tetley dropped a 37 on the front nine followed by Sarah Jefferson and Kennedy Lee with 39s. Elizabeth Bogdon had a 45, and Madison Daniel finished the front nine with 44.
The back nine proved to be a little tougher for everybody. Hoehn triple-bogied the 11th hole and bogied No. 12. She regrouped, parring the next five holes before dropping another bogey on the 18th hole.
Cook was on a roll on the back nine with seven pars and a birdie, then came the 18th hole where she hit into the water and struggled to get out finishing with an 8 on the hole and eventual tie with Hoehn with 75s.
New Albany finished second in the team standings with a 328, with Madison Daniel getting an eagle on the 11th hole for the Lady Bulldogs. Jeffersonville grabbed the final regional spot with a 407, just three shots ahead of Corydon Central, which finished with a 410.
Individuals not on a qualifying team advancing to regional were Clarksville’s Karena Knight, with an 88, Silver Creek’s Jacy Stricker, who shot a 91, and Providence’s Reese Bottorff, who won in a playoff with teammate Lillian Chapman; both shot 92. Chapman and Corydon Central’s Richardson are alternates.
Richardson finished the day with a 93 for the Lady Panthers, and teammate Abby Russel was second with a score of 100. Chloe Cannon shot a 101, and Ivy Smith finished with 116. Hannah Uhl finished her final round for the Lady Panthers with a 117.
Koch had the low round for the North Harrison Lady Cats with 111, and Julie Campbell had a 118. Morrison finished with 125, and Olivia Abner had 135.
South Central’s Isabelle Page had a respectable day, finishing with a 104.
Collier said regional at Country Oaks Golf Club in Washington will not be easy but has high hopes for the team.
“I believe 110% these girls can do it, but we’re all going to need to have our best day,” said the Floyd Central coach. “We’re going to work hard this week and keep our focus. It’s a very competitive regional, but I think we can do it. We’ll go in with our best goals and keep our thoughts positive and absolutely we can do it.”
(Top three teams advance to regional)
Old Capital Golf Course
Floyd Central 315 (Sophie Cook 75**, Zoe Hoehn 75, Trinity Bramer 81, Audrey Giovenco 84)
New Albany 328 (Lee Kennedy 79, Laken Tetley 81, Sarah Jefferson 84, Madison Daniel 84)
Jeffersonville 407 (Allison Kane 83, Baylee Lawler 94, Chloe Ortuno 104, Paige Means 116)
Corydon Central 410 (Paige Richardson 93, Abby Russel 100, Chloe Cannon 101, Ivy Smith 116)
Providence 414 (Reese Bottorff 92, Lillian Chapman 92, Mary-Katherine Beyl 108, Abigail Shavers 122)
Silver Creek 435 (Jacy Striker 91, Lana Dobson 103, Olivia Burton 114, Dev Wilkerson 127)
Clarksville 447 (Karena Knight 88, Sara Vaughn 116, Emily Kaiser 120, Summer Neal 123)
North Harrison 489 (MacKenzie Koch 111, Julia Campbell 118, Addie Morrison 125, Olivia Abner 135)
Borden – No Team Score (Natalie Lewis 127)
South Central – No Team Score (Isabella Paige 104)
**Medalist by playoff
Individuals advancing not on qualifying teams – Karena Knight (Clkvl) 88, Jacy Stricker (SilCk) 91, Reese Bottorff (Prov) 92