For the second consecutive year, Franklin Community High School’s Hannah White has earned an individual qualifying spot in the IHSAA girls golf regional.
Joining White will be Indian Creek senior Tori Caudill. White carded an 86 at the Bloomington North Sectional at Cascades Golf Course on Monday, while Caudill shot a 91.
Unfortunately, neither team made it out. Only the top three teams and top three individuals on non-advancing teams qualify for one of five regionals.
Tenth-ranked Martinsville took home the sectional championship with a team score of 309, 21 strokes better than runner-up and No. 21 Bloomington South (332). Bloomington North was third with a team score of 373.
Earning medalist honors with a 2-under-par 69 was Artesians freshman Claire Cameron. Franklin (389) finished fourth and Indian Creek ninth.
For White, it was an up-and-down kind of day. Her tee shots were long and straight, but her fairway irons let her down a little.
Although she’s disappointed her team will not accompany her to the regional at Country Oaks Golf Club in Washington, White is excited to move on.
“It’s been a very good year,” White said. “I’ve been fortunate to put up some good scores during our dual competitions and tournaments which have prepared me well for the postseason.”
Franklin coach Curt Holcroft, who had three seniors in the starting lineup, including White, is confident his underclassmen have learned a lot that will lend well to next season.
“We started out the year and you evaluate the talent that you have and after a couple practices you’re into the fire,” he said. “It’s been a growing season for us, yet we’re still young and we have a lot talent returning.”
Grizzly Cub seniors Lexie Elliott and Ciara Wright finished with a 95 and 112, respectively. Sophomore Katelyn Margason put together her best round of the season with a 96.
As for White, Holcroft knows he’s been fortunate to have such a talent.
“She has what it takes to play at the next level,” he said.
White has not decided on where she’ll land after graduation, but her family indicated that Franklin College is definitely in the mix.
Meanwhile, Indian Creek, with only one senior in the lineup, was unable to post a complete team score. Because of rules violations in two separate incidents, the 18-hole scores of two Braves players were disqualified.
Scores that did count saw sophomore Hanna Johnson finish with a 92 and freshman Jessi Button a 112.
Despite the disappointment of the day, Indian Creek coach Rose Moore was happy with her team that finished the regular season with a 13-1 record.
“Our girls performed well all season. They worked hard, and the results are there to show for it,” Moore said. “Obviously we’re disappointed in our showing, but sometimes things like this happens. I guess it’s like when it rains, it pours.”
Upon the weekend completion of the Roncalli and Mount Vernon (Fortville) sectionals, Roncalli and Center Grove will be in action at the Smock Golf Course regional in Indianapolis, while Whiteland and Greenwood travel to the New Castle regional at Westwood Golf Course. Both events will be Saturday.