Terre Haute North’s boys team had been playing its best golf at the end of the season, and the Patriots reached a record peak Monday in the Owen Valley Sectional played at Rolling Meadows.
Paced by 4-under-par 68s shot by juniors Ryan Sneddon and Nick Parham, North carded a 6-under-par 282 score — confirmed as a school record by longtime Patriot coach Steve Higham — to win its first sectional in the sport since 2003.
Terre Haute South took second with 294 and Northview had 304 to qualify for the Country Oaks Regional to be played Thursday, the Knights edging Linton, which shot 307, for the third team slot.
Sullivan carded 326 to round out the
Eric Gertz was low for South with 71 to take third-medalist honors. Drew Snyder of Northview took fourth with 72 while Thomas Goss of South, Ryan Turner of Northview and Grant Lewellyn and Will Pollock of North tied for fifth with 73s.
Ben Boyd paced Linton with 74 and teammate Chase Rhoten had 76 to qualify as individuals for the regional along with Derek Andre of Sullivan with 77.
Sneddon was first in with his 68, shooting 34 on the back and front. He had five birdies and a bogey in his career-best round and said his previous best this year had been 76.
Parham played in the No. 4 slot for the Patriots and had the low score of 32 on the back after finishing even-par 36 on the front. He had six birdies and two bogeys and said his previous best this year had been 77.
Eric Gertz played in the No. 5 slot for South and went 37-34 for his 71. Will Pollock began his round of 73 with four straight bogeys but eagled No. 9 to finish with 39 on the front. “I missed an eagle putt on No. 16 and birdied 14, 15 and 16,” he said of his 73.
His previous best round this year had been 77.
Parham, Sneddon and Pollock all are juniors while Lewellyn is a sophomore and Sam Pollock a freshman. The Patriots did not count the 77 shot by the younger Pollock.
“I think angels were on their shoulders,” said the mother of the Pollocks about the feat of the Patriots.
Coach Chuck Payne was pleased with the first sectional championship team in his tenure as head coach.
“I would have been happy with anything around 300. Going in, I never thought we would shoot 282. When I heard Nick was a couple under on the back, I knew we had a chance at that [kind of] score,” he said.
He said he had been around the North golf team since 1996 and did not remember any team shooting that score.
South coach Chris Cassell was not unhappy with the results.
“There’s not much you can do when a team shoots 6-under on you. You can never be upset with 294 and with your four and five men coming in shooting 74 and 71. They were 1-over-par combined. That’s what you need — that consistency — at the bottom of your lineup,” he said. “I could not be more pleased. You just have to take your hat off to North on a day like this.”
Northview coach Scott Buell said he was “very happy” with the 304 shot by his team, one shot less than last year when the Knights took second and eventually qualified for the state finals.
“We had a good front nine. We were tied with North [at 146] and ahead of South by one and struggled a little on the back. But to come in and shoot 304, I am very happy with that,” he said.
“I am very proud of our seniors. Daniel Eaglin is the first player in Northview history to be in four regionals. And Ryan Turner and Drew Snyder have tied Kade Baker in going to three. We have had some great success here the past few years,” he noted.