Delta wins sectional; Winchester, Daleville advance
MUNCIE, Ind. – Saturday couldn’t have gone much better for the Delta Girls Golf Team.
The Eagles, who have played some of their best golf courses in the past few weeks, continued this trend on Saturday at Crestview Golf Course. All five of Delta’s golfers set personal bests and a combined a 342. The Eagles had two of their golfers – medalists Belle Brown and Savanna Hickey – individually in the top five.
“It was very special, very rewarding to do today,” said Delta head coach Jim Fowler. “It was special after finishing three seniors on the Section Championship team last year. Losing three seniors and coming back this year and winning it again was pretty great.”
Delta ousted second place Winchester (365) and third Daleville (369). All three teams will compete in Revers Regional at Edgewood Golf Club next week.
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At the start of the season, Fowler didn’t expect the Eagles to shoot as well as they did on Saturday. After all, Delta only won its second golf sectional for girls in 2020. But Fowler said he saw the team’s confidence continue to grow, especially over the past few weeks when the Eagles were consistently under 180 9-hole team results. that was topped off by a 169 in the final regular season game.
Delta came to the section confidently. For Brown, that confidence began when Delta won the Delaware County Championship a month ago. On Saturday, albeit on a different course, the Eagles shot 43 shots better than the county.
“I had really high expectations and confidence in us,” said Brown. “After we won the district, I think we were pretty much set to win sections.”
In addition to winning the section as a team, Brown had her eyes set on shooting under and 80 and winning the individual title. She achieved both, shot a 79 and became the first girl golfer without a name, Teddi Bishop, to win an individual title in the section for four years. Brown was followed by Winchester’s Nevaeh Lanter (80), Daleville’s Addy Gick (81), Blue Rivers Maci Chamberlin (83) and Hickey (83).
But as happy as Brown was happy about the individual title, she was happy for Hickey, who shot a 37, the best score of the day in the top nine. Behind these two, Deltas Hollis Klinger (85), Gracie Williams (95) and Lillie Grismore (97) rounded off a solid day for the Eagles.
Behind Lanter, Winchester was led by Morgan Lawrence (85), Ruthie Rose (100), Audrey Black (100) and Mabrey McIntire (106). Daleville, led by Gick, let Katie Denney (90), Olivia Reed (99), Ava Capes (99) and Julia Wild (100) round off the team’s rating.
Chamberlin will advance individually, as will Leah Miller, 89, and Grace Finley, 92, from Yorktown. Yorktown (376) were only a few strokes short of being able to advance to the regional league as a team.
Blue River (407), Wapahani (413), Muncie Central (414), Monroe Central (430), Wes-Del (440), Randolph Southern (443) and Jay County (449) also competed but saw their respective seasons come to a conclusion.
While getting out of a charged region as a team will be tough going in the future, Fowler said he expected the Eagles to play better than they did last year when they shot a 391. Brown said she wanted to try to qualify for the state but, even hours after the game ended at Crestview, she was still sucking up Saturday’s win.
“It’s just so cool that I won tonight, I just can’t get over it,” Brown said. “Going from the third medalist last year to the first medalist is just crazy for me.”
- Champion: Delta (342)
- 2nd place: Winchester (365)
- 3rd place: Daleville (369)
- 4th Place: Yorktown (376)
- 5th place: Blue River (407)
- 6th place: Consultant (413)
- 7th place: Muncie Central (414)
- 8th place: Monroe Headquarters (430)
- 9th place: Wes-Del (440)
- Place 10: Randolph South (443)
- 11th place: Jay County (449)
- Medal winners: Belle Brown, Delta (79)
- 2nd place: Nevaeh Lanter, Winchester (80)
- 3rd place: Addy Gick, Daleville (81)
- 4th Place: Maci Chamberlin, Blue River (83)
- 5th place: Savannah Hickey, Delta (83)
PROGRESS WITHOUT A TEAM
- Maci Chamberlin, Blue River (83)
- Leah Miller, Yorktown (89)
- Grace Finley, Yorktown (92)
Other cutting results
Richmond: New Castle competed in the Richmond section of the Elks Country Club on Friday. New Castle, where three golfers competed against each other, did not have an official team rating. The Trojans were led by Addison McGowan, who shot a 107.
Robby General reports on High School Ball State and East Central Indiana athletics for The Star Press. Contact him by email at [email protected], on Twitter @rgeneraljr, or by phone at 765-283-8864.