For the area’s top girls golfers, today’s sectional at Hickory Stick is the first step in a potential journey toward a state championship.

Based on regular-season performance, host Center Grove appears well positioned to advance to Saturday’s Roncalli Regional at Smock Golf Course in Indianapolis. Who might get in the Trojans’ way? Here’s a look at the other local entrants as well as the rest of the field:

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Center Grove Sectional

{&subleft}When:{/strong} 10:30 a.m.{&subleft}Where:{/strong} Hickory Stick Golf Club

{&subleft}Who: {/strong}Center Grove, Franklin, Whiteland, Roncalli, Beech Grove, Franklin Central, Indianapolis Scecina, Indianapolis Shortridge, Perry Meridian, Southport.

Favorite: Center Grove

Dark horse: Perry Meridian

Teams projected to advance to regional: Center Grove, Perry Meridian, Whiteland

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Projected lineups

Center Grove TrojansShelby Schier

Hannah Wilson

Lucy Young

Kirby Swails

Ashley Voyles

Notable: Schier’s 18-hole scoring average of 80.5 is tops among local players. … Swails was the medalist at the Johnson County meet, also at Hickory Stick, with a 72.

{strong}Whiteland Warriors

Audrey Eckart

Bri Harwell

Rachel Giroud

Allie Watson

Mason Pendleton

Notable: Eckart (85.6) and Harwell (85.8) posted almost identical scoring averages during the regular season. They placed fifth and sixth in the county meet at Hickory Stick, shooting 82 and 83, respectively.

{strong}Roncalli Rebels

Annie Sullivan

Sophia Egold

Nicole Clifford

Kami Koors

Kathleen Ameis

Notable: With a personal best of 38, Sullivan is the lone Rebels player to break 40 for nine holes this season. … best score has been 38 for nine holes and shoots in the 80s for 18; Junior Sophia Egold’s best score has been 45 for nine and shoots in the upper 80s and low 90s for 18; Junior Nicole Clifford’s best has been 48 for 9 holes and normally shoots in the upper 90s for 18; Senior Kami Koors best 18 hole score has been 91 and Freshman Kathleen Ameis best 9 hole score is 49 and she shoots right around 100.

Franklin Grizzly Cubs

Avery Auton

Alexa Wilkinson

Kylee Burnside

Taylor Drake

Kristina Young

Notable: Franklin posted a team score of 418 in the county championships at Hickory Stick, but it has a low 18-hole round of 380. … Auton reached the regional last year as an individual.{div}{strong}Other players to watch: Erika Shellenberger and Alex Quinlan, Perry Meridian{/div}

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Ryan O'Leary is sports editor for the Daily Journal. He can be reached at roleary@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2715.