VINCENNES — Maybe for the first time all season, the weather was perfect at the Country Club of Old Vincennes. With sunny skies and a slight breeze, one would think scores would go really low on Friday for the IHSAA golf sectional; however, the deluge of recent rains left wet and sloppy course conditions for the 13 teams taking part in the event.
However, several teams were still able post impressive rounds, including Washington, who shot a 318 to finish as runner up to South Knox’s 317. It was Washington’s best finish since 2016, the last time they made it to the regional round, and was good enough to advance the team to its home course of Country Oaks on Thursday. Wood Memorial will also advance with a 323, which was good enough for third.
Hatchet sophomore Zach Gray had an outstanding round of 74, the second best overall on the day. Gray ended up three strokes behind Carter Creedon of Wood Memorial, who shot a +1 (71) to take the honors as medalist.
“Every stroke counts,” said WHS coach Trey Miller. “We made a great improvement from the 343 last year that missed by three strokes. I think we showed a lot of people, a lot. We were expected to finish about fourth today so I’m really pleased with the result. It would have been nice to bring home the trophy, but we are moving on.”
Gray led WHS with his 74, but his teammates also posted good rounds, as Dom DePass added an 80, Brock Melton shot 81, senior Zane Meinhart shot 83 and freshman Simon Parsons added a 90.
“We are excited to be going to our home course for regional. It will be different from the way they are used to it, but they got a taste of what it will be like at the Washington Invitational,” added Miller. “I think it will play around 6,600 or 6,700 yards.
Washington Catholic was led by Brock Craney with a 79, which was good enough to advance him to regional as an individual. Craney, a VU golf recruit, tied Christian Steiniger of Rivet as second lowest player not advancing with a team. Unfortunately, Craney lost a one-hole playoff to move him into third. It will be Craney’s second straight year to move on.
WC’s Logan Craney finished with an 86, Jace Drew came in at 87 and Justin Wu shot a 91, to finish with a team score of 343 which put them in sixth.
“As a team, 343 was a good score. It is tough to just have four scores because it doesn’t give you much room for mistakes,” said WC coach Ron Mattingly.
“We are proud of Brock and everything he has accomplished. It will be good for him and will help prepare him for college golf,” added Mattingly.
Barr-Reeve had one of its best golf sectional showings in recent years. Freshman Sam Emmons shot an 81, which had him in the hunt for a regional spot for most of the afternoon.
Emmons led Barr-Reeve with an 81, while junior Colton Brothers added an 88. Brayden Yoder posted a 92, Garrett shot 97, while Noah Anderson finished with a 102, for a 358 team score, a more than 50-stroke improvement from last season.
“That is about 50 strokes better than last year,” said BR coach Matt Anderson. “I’m really happy with the way we played, I just hope guys keep playing in the summer and fall. We have everyone coming back so next year should be fun.”
North Daviess finished in 13th with a 421, while Pike Central was fourth with a 330, Gibson Southern shot 332 and Vincennes Lincoln and Rivet both shot 365.
Regional will be at Country Oaks on Thursday.