A day starting with rain ended in a wash for local competitors at Thursday’s IHSAA Boys Golf Regional.
Neither sectional champion Center Grove nor third-place Greenwood advanced from the 18-team regional field at Champions Pointe Golf Club in Henryville.
Franklin senior Noah Ludwig, the individual sectional champion, wasn’t able to continue his season, either, in a highly competitive field.
Top-ranked Columbus North finished first with a team score of 297. Seventh-ranked Floyd Central was second with a 301. And No. 12 Jasper was third with a team score of 302.
The top three teams advance to next week’s state finals at The Legends Golf Club in Franklin.
The top five individuals on non-advancing teams also move on.
For a short while, Center Grove, which finished fifth with a score of 307, appeared to be in the running for a spot in the state finals.
But strong finishes by Jasper and Floyd Central, in addition to Columbus North, prevented the Trojans from moving on.
Sophomores Zack Carabine and Hayden Martin each carded a 75 for the Trojans and were, for a time, in the running to advance as individuals. Madison’s Jordan Griffith earned medalist honors with a 70. His teammate, Carson Wattenburger, had a 73. The final three spots were solidified by Columbus East’s Adam Krebs (73), Providence’s Mitchell Allender (74) and Southridge’s Tyler Gray (74).
Carabine is confident the Trojans will be positioned to advance to the state finals next season. The Trojans had four sophomores and one junior in the starting lineup.
“We have a really young team, so we’re looking forward to the years to come,” Carabine said. “Getting to this level, I knew I had it in me.”
Junior Wes Kennell finished with a 78 for the Trojans, followed by sophomore Christopher Heck with a 79 and sophomore Austin Crowder with an 83.
Greenwood, meanwhile, finished 13th.
Senior Chandler Mitchell led the Woodmen with a 78. Mitchell and teammate Kyle Clark were named to the Academic All-State team this week.
Mitchell plans to attend Butler in the fall.
Roncalli, which was runner-up at the sectional, finished 16th with a team score of 341.
Franklin’s Ludwig, the only county player competing as an individual, finished with a 79. Although he did not advance to the state meet, he was not disappointed about his season or that of Franklin.
“We definitely set the bar higher the four years I’ve been (here),” Ludwig said. “It’s become more than a goal to advance (in the postseason), it’s a standard.”
Franklin coach Curt Holcroft agreed.
“It’s amazing the talent these young gentlemen have in the game they play, and scores posted today were just unbelievable,” Holcroft said of the strong field. “The teams that feed into this regional are top competitors.
“We came here to compete, and I think Johnson County represents extremely well.”