Believe it or not, the IHSAA tournament for one fall sport, girls golf, already is upon us.
Our six local high school girls golf teams are being sent to four different sectionals, which will be contested today, Saturday, and Monday.
The top three teams and the top three individuals not on those teams will advance to the regional round of play.
Richmond Sectional (Today)
New Castle, Hagerstown, and Tri will compete in this sectional that also includes teams from Cambridge City Lincoln, Centerville, Connersville, Franklin County, Northeastern, host Richmond, and Union County.
Action at the Richmond Elks Country Club gets underway at 8 a.m. Trojan golfers will tee off at 8:20, 8:30, and 8:40 a.m. No tee-off times for the Tigers and the Titans were submitted to The Courier-Times.
New Castle can’t win the team championship, as it has only three golfers on the team. If any of the Trojans advance to the next round, it most likely would be No. 1 golfer Addi McGowan.
Hagerstown could advance to the regional as a complete team with a good score for the 18 holes. Probably, No. 1 golfer Morgan Rector is the most likely Tiger to qualify for the regional if the entire team does not.
Tri has just one golfer competing Saturday.
Muncie Central Sectional (Saturday)
Blue River Valley is the only local team competing in this 11-team sectional Saturday at Crestview Golf Course.
Joining the Vikings there will be teams from Daleville, Delta, Jay County, Monroe Central, host Muncie Central, Randolph Southern, Wapahani, Wes-Del, Winchester, and Yorktown. Action gets underway at 9 a.m.
If Blue River doesn’t make it to the regional as a complete team, junior Maci Chamberlin likely will do so as an individual, as she did last year, based upon her play thus far this season.
No. 2 Viking golfer, senior Samantha Webb, also is capable extending her high school golfing career another week with a good round on Saturday.
Noblesville Sectional (Monday)
Shenandoah is the only local school in this 10-team sectional, and will be joined at Harbour Trees Golf Club by teams from Alexandria, Elwood, Fishers, Frankton, Hamilton Heights, Hamilton Southeastern, Lapel, host Noblesville, and Pendleton Heights. Action commences at 9 a.m. Monday.
Traditionally, this has been one of the toughest sectionals in the state out of which to advance, both as a team and individually.
Shenandoah has found that out in recent years, as some good Raider teams and players failed to make it to the regional round.
If Shenandoah does not have one of the top three team scores, its top two players, Brandy Smith and Carly Chandler, are the most likely Raiders to make it to the regional as individuals with good rounds on Monday.
New Palestine Sectional (Monday)
Knightstown is the only local school in this 11-team sectional and will be joined Monday at Hawk’s Tail of Greenfield by teams from Eastern Hancock, Greenfield-Central, Greenwood Christian Academy, Greenwood Community, Morristown, Mt. Vernon (Fortville), host New Palestine, Shelbyville, Southwestern (Shelby), and Triton Central. Tee-off time is 9 a.m.
This is another tough sectional from which to emerge with a regional berth, as it includes four teams from the Hoosier Heritage Conference.
With just four golfers, Knightstown would have to be considered a long-shot to qualify for the regional as a complete squad, but Amara Rollins, the Panthers’ No. 1 golfer, could reach the regional as an individual with a very good round Monday.
Teams and individuals qualifying from these four sectionals will join the qualifiers from the Greensburg and Indianapolis Cathedral sectionals to compete in the regional hosted by Lapel Saturday, Sept. 25 at Edgewood Golf Club in Anderson.