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Girls golf sectionals Saturday and Monday

By DAVID RISLEY - drisley@thecouriertimes.com

The first IHSAA state tournament of the fall sports season is upon us as sectionals for our local girls golf teams will be contested Saturday and Monday. Our local teams are spread over four different sectionals.

The top three teams from each sectional will advance to the regional, and the top three individuals not among those teams advancing also qualify to play in the regional.

New Castle and Hagerstown will trek to Richmond Saturday for the nine-team sectional at The Elks Country Club which begins at 9 a.m.

Joining the Trojans and Tigers there are Cambridge City Lincoln, Centerville, Connersville, Franklin County, Northeastern, host Richmond and Union County.

The host Red Devils probably are the favorite going in but are not a lock for the team championship. The Trojans' Annie Gillock has an excellent chance to advance as an individual if New Castle does not do so as a team, and the same can be said for Mattie Doerstler from Hagerstown if her team doesn't advance.

Blue River Valley will compete in the 10-team sectional at Crestview Golf Course, hosted by Muncie Central, which begins at 9 a.m. Joining the Vikings there are Daleville, Delta, Jay County, Monroe Central, host Muncie Central, Wapahani, Wes-Del, Winchester, and Yorktown.

This is a relatively tough sectional for a small school like Blue River to emerge from. Winchester won the TEC tournament this past Tuesday. The Vikings' Lindsey Williams has a good chance to make it to the regional if she plays well Saturday.

Shenandoah has a really tough sectional to maneuver through, as it will travel to Harbour Trees Golf Club in Noblesville Saturday for a noon start.

Joining the Raiders in the 10-team sectional there are Alexandria, Anderson, Elwood, Fishers, Frankton, Hamilton Heights, Hamilton Southeastern, Lapel, and host Noblesville.

The three Hamilton County schools usually are pretty strong and may be the favorites. Shenandoah's Katie Craig has been pretty consistent this season and could advance to the regional with a good round Saturday.

Knightstown originally was scheduled to play its sectional at Old Oakland Golf Club Saturday, but a conflict at that golf course prompted that sectional to be moved to The Links Golf Club Monday, where it will be hosted by New Palestine and start at 8 a.m.

Joining the Panthers in the 11-team field there are Eastern Hancock, Greenfield-Central, Greenwood, Greenwood Christian, Mt. Vernon (Fortville), host New Palestine, Pendleton Heights, Shelbyville, Triton Central, and Southwestern (Shelby).

At least the girls get an excused day off from school. The Arabians and Dragons tied for the HHC championship this past Tuesday with Pendleton winning by having the better score from its fifth golfer. With a good round Monday, Henry County Tournament medalist Daisy Hoffman from Knightstown could advance to the regional.

All four of these sectionals, plus those from Greensburg and Lawrence Central, feed into the Lapel regional, which will be played Saturday, Sept. 22 at Edgewood Golf Club in Anderson.