UPDATED: Greencastle rolls to fifth straight golf sectional; Cloverdale sixth, South Putnam 11th at Foxcliff

Tuesday, June 8, 2021
Greencastle's Keaton Parmley takes aim at his opening tee shot of the day during Friday's Attica Sectional at Harrison Hills CC. Parmley finished as runner-up individually with a round of 76 and paced then Tiger Cubs to a 35-stroke sectional title win.
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UPDATE: Story originally incorrectly used North Montgomery's golfers instead of North Putnam's golfers. This has been fixed.

ATTICA — Anyone hoping a year between IHSAA Boys’ Golf State Tournament rounds at Harrison Hills CC would deter Greencastle from picking up where it left off at the top of the sectional heap was mistaken Friday morning.

The Tiger Cubs scored their second-lowest sectional-winning total in the last five editions, three strokes behind the win in 2018, by putting together a round of 322, winning by 35 strokes over second-place Southmont, the largest gap in any of the wins by some distance. Parke Heritage finished third to take the the final regional qualifying spot.

“The Cubs played consistent throughout the tourney shooting a 165 on the first nine and a very good back nine of 157 for their total of 322,” Greencastle head coach Steve Paquin noted.

North Putnam finished 10th overall, beating out hosts Attica with a round of 437.

Covington’s Nolan Potter took medalist honors at Attica with a round of 72 while Greencastle’s Keaton Parmley and Benton Parmley were second and third with rounds of 76 and 77 respectively. Tyler Rodgers also finished in the top five positions with a round of 83.

North Putnam Jayden Simpson chips up onto the green on No. 18 at Harrison Hills GC Friday morning. Simpson led the Cougars with a round of 97 as the team finished 10th ahead of hosts Attica.
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Lathen Worman rounded out the scoring with a tally of 86 and Vincent Martoglio shot 88 on the day.

“Benton had an extremely good back nine score of one-under par 35 and Keaton had nines of 39 and 37 for his 18 hole score.” Paquin said. “Tyler really hung in there early in the round after a slow start of being seven-over par in the first four holes and finishing his 18-hole score of 83.

“Lathen provided a fourth low score of 86 with nines of 45 and 41. Vincent played well on the front nine with a score of 41, then slipped on the back shooting 47 for an 88.

“All the Tiger Cubs had many good drives, ron shots, chips and putts,” Paquin added. “The course was set up to reward good shots and making a poor shot costly.

“The greens were fast and most putts were undulating to the pin placements, which were difficult. This was probably the most consistent round the Cubs have played this season on a difficult course.”

The Cougars were led by Jayden Simpson's round of 97, followed by Seth Thompson on 101, Brody Braeger on 115 and dueling rounds of 124 from Kyren Long and Jordan Hanger.

The advancing schools and top-three individuals from non-qualifying schools will compete next Thursday at the Washington Regional held at County Oaks GC.

On Monday, Cloverdale and South Putnam got into the sectional shuffle when the two schools competed at the Martinsville Sectional held at Foxcliff GC.

The Clovers finished sixth overall on a tiebreak with Owen Valley after both schools shot 382. South Putnam finished 11th on 396, three shots back of the host Artisians.

Brownsburg won the sectional with a team score of 316, followed by Avon on 327 and Plainfield on 342 to round out the teams advancing to the Washington Regional.

Max Kauffman and Nolan Kelley both narrowly missed out on advancement to the regional after shooting rounds of 88 and 89 respectively.

The pair were a stroke and two strokes off getting the chance to play in what would be a three-way playoff for two spots at the regional between advancer Daulton Butts of Mooresville and Mason Elkins of Owen Valley, with Payton Jones of Danville the odd man out after all three shot 87. Monrovia’s Titus Boswell earned advancement and medalist honors with a round of 72, beating Brownsburg’s Weston Ogden in a playoff for the top spot in the field.

Behind Kauffman and Kelley for the Clovers was Zach Thomas with a round of 100, Eli Kelley on 105 and Cody Morris on 107.

South Putnam was paced by Brett VanRensselaer’s round of 94, followed by Lee Haywood on 99, Brady and Lane Robinson on 103 and Marcus Robinson on 105.