It’ll take a little more work than usual to follow the local high school girls golf teams through the postseason this fall.
The IHSAA decided to split Johnson County’s teams into three different sectionals — and three different regionals, too. Greenwood and Greenwood Christian played in the Mt. Vernon Sectional on Saturday (see local roundup for results), but the rest of the area’s teams are in action today.
Center Grove Sectional
Where: Hickory Stick Golf Club
Start time: 10 a.m.
Participating teams: Center Grove, Franklin, Whiteland, Roncalli, Beech Grove, Franklin Central, Indianapolis Scecina, Indianapolis Shortridge, Perry Meridian, Southport
Favorites to advance: Center Grove, Roncalli, Perry Meridian
Keep an eye on: Franklin, Whiteland
Players to watch: Lucy Young, Meg Fosnot and Lauren Pagel, Center Grove; Avery Auton, Taylor Drake and Ellie Beavins, Franklin; Bri Harwell, Whiteland; Annie Sullivan, Nicole Clifford and Sophia Egold, Roncalli; Annie Eisenbarth and Alex Quinlan, Perry Meridian
Outlook: The Trojans have won the last three sectional titles and have a good shot at a fourth, but the road isn’t quite as clear this time. Roncalli finished just two shots behind Center Grove at the Franklin Central Invitational earlier this month, and the Falcons, Grizzly Cubs and Warriors could also pose a threat. An all-Johnson County top three is certainly in play. Whiteland is hoping to finish in the top three for a second straight year.
Bloomington North Sectional
Where: Cascades Golf Course
Start time: 8 a.m.
Participating teams: Edinburgh, Indian Creek, Bloomington North, Bloomington South, Brown County, Edgewood, Martinsville, Owen Valley
Favorites to advance: Martinsville, Bloomington South, Bloomington North
Keep an eye on: Indian Creek
Players to watch: Vanessa McManaway, Edinburgh; Lauren Parsley, Olivia Parsley and Jacqui Button, Indian Creek; Erin Bennett, Emmah Keller and Skylar Hauk, Martinsville; Madeleine Stanik and Caroline Conrad, Bloomington South; K.D. Drummond, Bloomington North
Outlook: The Artesians, who won the Mid-State Conference title earlier this season, are a fairly clear favorite here, with the Bloomington schools expected to seize the other two regional berths. Indian Creek, though, should finish in the top four and could play its way into regional contention. Even if the local teams don’t advance, expect several Braves, and McManaway, to be in the mix to advance as individuals.