7 local girls to tee off at golf regional
Thursday, September 26, 2013 11:00 AM
When the IHSAA girls regional golf tournament tees off Saturday at Smock Golf Course in Indianapolis seven of the 27 pairings will feature golfers from Jefferson County schools as Madison's team and individual golfers from Southwestern and Shawe are included in the field.
Shawe’s Carson Hambrick (above) and Southwestern’s Kelsey Reeves (below) will both compete at Saturday’s girls golf regional as individuals while Madison’s team advanced to the regional as the sectional champion last Saturday. (Courier file photos by David Campbell)
Sectional champion Madison dominated the Sunrise Golf Course sectional last Saturday to earn it's ticket to the regional while Southwestern's Kelsey Reeves became just the second Lady Rebel to advance to regional and Shawe Carson Hambrick stamped her ticket as just the third Lady Hilltoppers to make the cutl.
The Cubs will tee off at Smock in the first five pairing off the first tee on Saturday morning Kyla Johnson leads the way at 8:15 a.m. with Carmen Velasco at 8:24, Abbi Wynn at 8:33, Hannah Holt at 8:42 and defending regional champion Amanda Detmer at 8:51 a.m.
The Cubs, one of 14 unranked teams in the regional field, will play in pairings with golfers from No. 2 Carmel, No. 19 Avon and No. 4 Zionsville. The host school, No. 18 Roncalli, is the only other ranked team in the field.
Meanwhile, Reeves and Hambrick, who both advanced to their first regional, as individuals from teams that did not advance, will begin their rounds on the 10th tee with the senior Reeves taking the course at 9:45 a.m. and the freshman Hambrick teeing off at 9:54 a.m.
The Cubs were paired up with Carmel, Avon and Zionsville based on their 327 team score to win sectional - the fourth lowest sectional round in the Smock regional field. Of course that score was posted on Madison's home course at Sunrise but the Cubs are already trying to become more familiar with the par-72 Smock layout that can range from 4,534 yards and a 112 slope rating to 6,806 yards and a 130 slope rating.
"The girls went up on their own to play the course and (coach) Dale (Crafton) and I will watch them play it on Friday afternoon," Madison coach Kathy Crafton said. "I didn't hear strong opinions from the girls either way on what the course is like. Fast greens was the only consistent opinion I heard. We're excited about going and are pleased with the girls' season regardless of what happens. We feel we have a good chance of going to state."
Madison will be competing for a trip to the state finals as a team. Detmer, a three-time sectional champ and the defending regional champion, previously advanced to state as both a freshman and sophomore.
Hambrick, who shot a 97 at sectional and survived a three-player, one-hole playoff to earn her spot in the regional field, will be trying to advance to state in her first season of eligibility. She is the third Lady Hilltopper to reach regional after sisters Kristy and Kelly Laskowski. Only Kristy Laskowski has advanced the the state finals for Shawe.
"Carson played a practice round Sunday afternoon," Shawe coach Matt Hall said of the regional course. "The course reminds me of River Chase but 18 holes."
Reeves, who also carded a 97 at sectional and survived that same one-hole playoff for her spot in the regional field, is just the second player in the Lady Rebels' young program to advance to regional. Southwestern's Amne Brawner advanced to regional as a senior in 2008 but no Rebel has ever reached state.