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NH falls short of state; FC advances

June 17, 2009
North Harrison improved on its previous year's mark at the Seymour Regional Friday, but the boys' golf team fell short of sending anyone to the state tournament.

On the first hole, North Harrison's Dylan Spencer chips his ball toward the green. Photo by Brian Smith
As a team last season, the Cougars shot a 341 on the Shadowood Golf Course. This time, on the par-72 course, the team combined for a 328.

"We didn't play bad, yet we didn't play great," North Harrison coach Kelly Cooper said. "But it is definitely disappointing not to get out and move on to state. There are some really good golf teams in this regional."

Taking the top spot among teams was Bedford North Lawrence with a 307. Floyd Central (311) and Providence (311), both from the Floyd Central Sectional, moved on to the state tournament with second- and third-place finishes.

Jared Sturgeon, Jay Holderman and Matt Rayner shot 5-over par 77s to finish with the best scores for Floyd Central. David Frank tallied an 80 and Brad Baumann rounded out the scoring for the Highlanders with an 82.

North Harrison was led by Dylan Spencer, who finished with a 6-over par 78. The Cougars started the tournament on the back nine and later finished on the front side.

Spencer got off to a slow start on the first nine holes, taking a 41 to the halfway house. On hole No. 1 (his ninth hole), Spencer began a string of four consecutive pars. He then birdied No. 5, leading to a 1-over par 37 on his final nine holes.

"I missed a few putts that were under four feet," Spencer said. "I know I had one on No. 7 and again on No. 8. Other than that, it wasn't a bad round. I know that I can play with anyone out here, but they just got me today."

He added that the early struggles in his round have been troublesome lately.

"That seems to be the way I've been playing lately," said Spencer, who plans on trying to walk on to the Western Kentucky University golf team next season. "We came out here and practiced Wednesday and Tuesday, and the same thing happened."

Spencer's 78 wasn't low enough to move on as an individual. Greensburg's Robbi Koors finished second with a 72 to claim a spot. Korrs joins Casey Deal (Bloomington North) and Jake Napier (East Central) as individuals advancing to the state tournament on a non-qualifying team. Deal and Napier shot 75s to move on. The top overall golfer was Chase Wagner from Bedford North Lawrence, who shot a 2-under par 70.

North Harrison's Matt Bruce finished with a 79, including 11 pars on the day. Bruce concluded his first nine holes 3-over par (39) and finished the final nine with a 40. He will continue his golf career at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis next season.

Also for North Harrison, Chris Worrall finished with an 85. He finished with a pair of birdies. Daniel Matthews carded an 86 for North Harrison, and Nick Morris had a 94.

All but Matthews are seniors for the Cougars.

"They all have had great careers to make it to a regional two years in a row as a team," Cooper said. "They have worked hard for a number of years. They have all been successful. It is disappointing that they didn't make it out to state because that was their goal."

Team scores – 1. Bedford North Lawrence 307, 2. Floyd Central 311, 3. Providence 311, 4. Bloomington North 314, 5. Jennings County 318, 6. Shawe Memorial 320, 7. Edgewood 321, 8. Columbus North 322, 9. Greensburg 326, 10. Shelbyville 327, 11. North Harrison 328, 12. Madison 355.

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