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Kyndra and Caitlyn Boyce escape Northview Sectional

Monday, September 17, 2012

Sisters Kyndra (left) and Caitlyn Boyce carded rounds of 91 for South Putnam at Saturday's Northview Sectional to advance to this Saturday's Roncalli Regional. [Order this photo]
BRAZIL -- Saturday proved to be an exciting day of golf for two Putnam County golfers at the IHSAA girls' golf sectional at Forest Park Golf Course in Brazil.

Caitlyn and Kyndra Boyce, both of South Putnam, advanced onto the Roncalli Regional Saturday after both carded rounds of 93 as individual qualifiers.

Terre Haute South took the sectional team title by 17 strokes over hosts Northview with a round of 244 to the Knight's 361. Terre Haute North also advanced to the Roncalli regional with a round of 375.

South Putnam placed fourth as a team with a total of 396, 10 strokes better than Rockville's 406 and 21 fewer than South Vermillion's 417.

North Putnam finished the year with a round of 431, beating Greencastle's 438, with West Vigo coming in at 488. Shakamak featured only one golfer and did not figure in the team scoring.

Along with the Boyce's rounds of 93, Madison Cash carded a 97, Clair Perry added 114 and Allacyn Arnold shot 132.

North Putnam was paced by Josie Parent's round of 96 and Ellen Wilborn's 98. Olivia Zarate came in at 112 and Jessie Cox carding a 125.

Greencastle's Kenzie St. Marie and Lauren Bridgewater both shot 104 to lead the Tiger Cubs, with Liz Johnson adding 111, Lokysa Scheuermann shooting 119 and Haley Cash rounding out the scoring with a 142.

South Putnam head coach Brian McClure was ecstatic on the day for both Boyce sisters and his squad in general.

"It was awesome today. I'm very excited for Caitlyn and Kyndra to go and play the regional together," McClure said.

"It's a bit of a bittersweet deal for Madison not to be able to move on. She was our leader all year and she played a heck of a round.

"One bad hole, where she hit two balls out of bounds, really cost her. We feel bad for her, but we're excited for Caitlyn and Kyndra moving on and seeing what they can do at the regional.

"Allacyn did a great job stepping in for Sarah Woodworth today. She hadn't played an 18-hole match this season and with the pressure of sectionals, she played well. I'm proud of her for that," McClure added.

"Clair shot her best round of the year. At a time when we needed her, she came through with a 114. She did a great job."

Greencastle head coach Brad Kingma was not as enthused as his counterpart by the performance of the Tiger Cubs Saturday.

"We came out slowly and we didn't get better as the day went on. We weren't prepared for today," Kingma said.

"We had a hole or two that they shot well on, but there wasn't anything sustained. They weren't able to hit many shots today."

Kingma said that the squad started slow and would need more time to show some of the work they put in this year.

"Lokysa and Lauren made good improvements this season. Liz started playing better at the end of the season, so there is something to build on for next season," Kingma said.

"I think they've seen that they've got to be better prepared at the start of next season. They need to play more before the start of the season to start the season off on a better note.

"Kenzie wanted to make it to the regional this year, but missed out on the opportunity. It's unfortunate, but she's given this program four good years of play."

It was a day with meaning for North Putnam head coach Linda Patrick, who said goodbye to two seniors that had been with the coach from the beginning of her time with the Cougars.

"It was nice that we ended in front of Greencastle. Olivia and Jessie came in with a 112 and 125 and did pretty good. Jessie was disappointed, but I told her that one of the seniors had a 126 and to not be disappointed," Patrick said.

"I was very happy Josie and Ellen got a 96 and 98. One had a chance to get the regional, which would have been a bit of a shock, but it would have been great for her.

"These two girls mean a lot to me. Ellen has been with me for seven years, through middle school and high school. To see her get to where she is now, I almost feel like a second mother to her.

"Josie started with me in eighth grade and they both showed interest in playing in high school. We didn't have a team and we asked if we could start one as we had the players to do so," Patrick added.

Patrick said the squad would need to refill its ranks with three departing seniors, but that she hoped others would take up the challenge.

"I'm happy the squad was resurrected because we needed something for the non-volleyball or basketball players who wanted to participate in a sport," Patrick said.

"This is a very strong academic group. They're superb students and it meant a lot for me to have this group for four years.

"I'm not sure they wanted to finish this year at times, but I think they're glad they did. Hopefully we can muster up more players and keep things going again next year."

McClure, meanwhile, will take his two advancing members to Smock Golf Course in Indianapolis Saturday, looking to see his duo play one more round together.

"I want them to play well. I don't have a number in mind, but I hope they'll shoot well, make some putts and then you never know," McClure said.

"We'll see what happens in Indianapolis next week."

At Forest Park Golf Course

Terre Haute South 344*, Northview 361*, Terre Haute North 375*, South Putnam 396, Rockville 406, South Vermillion 417, North Putnam 431, Greencastle 438, West Vigo 488, Shakamak INC

* - Advance to Roncalli Regional

Medalist: Alexandra Pickens (THS) 74

Individual Advancers: Caitlyn Boyce (SP) 93, Kyndra Boyce (SP) 93, Micha Moore (R) 93

Team Scores (Putnam County Schools)

Greencastle: St. Marie 104, Bridgewater 104, Johnson 111, Scheuermann 119, Cash 142

North Putnam: Parent 96, Wilborn 98, Zarate 112, Cox 125

South Putnam: C. Boyce 93, K. Boyce 93, Cash 97, Perry 114, Arnold 132