MIDDLEBURY — Three of the teams paired together Friday — Westview, Goshen and Concord — just so happened to be the same three teams that advanced out of Friday’s IHSAA boys golf sectional at Meadow Valley Golf Club in Middlebury.
Westview shot a team score of 329, edging both Concord and Goshen for their first sectional championship since 2002. Concord and Goshen both shot 337, with the Minutemen earning second place due to the fifth-score tiebreaker.
“It feels really good. We’ve been close before, but finally we got the ‘W,’” Westview coach Jeff Marchant said. “Last year, we lost by two strokes from being able to go to the regional. And, I didn’t know how they’d react to that. But they came out of the gates determined and they haven’t looked back.”
The Warriors are having one of their best seasons in program history. They didn’t lose any head-to-head duals or three-way competitions all season and performed well in invitationals as well.
Westview has been led by senior Carter Giggy, who shot a 78 Friday to earn second place honors, individually. The Warriors picked up a huge boost from their No. 4 player, Brian Titus, who fired an 82. Markus Miller had an 83 and Colton Marchant 86 to round out the team scoring.
“We came out (earlier in the week) and played a practice round. (Giggy) came out with a good game plan and I told him to just stay with that game plan,” Marchant said. “They’re all good friends. They’ve all grown up together playing golf. They love the game and they all get along really well. That’s what makes them so special.”
Both Concord and Goshen had strong play from all of their players as well. The Minutemen had four players score under 90, led by junior Travis Hermon’s 79. Getting that type of consistency is something Concord coach Tim Koontz had preached all year.
“We’re really proud of our guys. All season, we’ve been looking for a fifth man or a fourth man to score, and Andrew BonDurant came out and shot an 89, which was a good score for him,” Koontz said. “Obviously, that’s something we haven’t had all year. So, that was really good.”
Goshen had another strong performance from freshman Chase Meyer, who carded an 80. A pair of 84’s from Allan Garratt and Jake Jennette, along with an 89 from Jacob Moyer, were huge in getting the RedHawks over the hump.
“I’m just shaking, I’m so excited about these kids. I could not be prouder of the way they played today,” Goshen coach Brent Randall said. “I really felt this was the potential for these kids, to have the second-best score. It’s just a realization of the potential I saw in these kids all season long.”
Giggy was runner-up to NorthWood’s Sean Hogan, who scored a 77 to earn individual sectional medalist honors. While the Panthers’ team season is over, Hogan advances to the regional next week to try and advance to the state meet as an individual.
“It feels pretty good ... I’ve just really tuned-in my short game,” Hogan said. “I hit a lot of greens and I really placed it good off the tee. I didn’t have any penalties, either, so all of my mistakes were little enough to where when it added up, it wasn’t much.”
Three individuals from non-advancing teams get to move on to the regional. With Hogan shooting a 77, this left two spots open. Three kids — Northridge freshman Tyler Frazier, Fairfield junior Cody Maust and Jimtown’s Keenan Perkins — all scored 80, forcing a three-person playoff for the final two individual spots.
They only needed one hole to decide things, as Frazier and Maust edged Perkins to advance. Both Fairfield and Northridge play their home golf matches at Meadow Valley, so both felt confident heading into the playoff.
“I had a great team supporting me and a great coach. I probably wouldn’t have been able to do it without them,” Frazier said. “Just to be a freshman in high school and to get out of sectional and go to regional, as an individual, is incredible. It’s a feeling unlike I’ve ever felt, really. So, I’m really happy.”
“I just wanted to hit a good drive, get it down the middle and have an easy shot up at the pin,” Maust added. “I know where I’m going to go, so I know my misses and I know where a good spot to be is.”
The three teams and individuals advance to the regional at 8 a.m. Thursday at Swan Lake Golf Club near Plymouth.
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Top three teams advance to regional, along with the top three individual scores from remaining teams. Individuals advancing are bolded.
Westview (329) — Carter Giggy 78, Brian Titus 82, Markus Miller 83, Colton Marchant 86, Zachary Chastain 96
Concord (337) — Travis Hermon 79, William Harris 84, Jacob Eakins 85, Andrew BonDurant 89, Tim Linder 95
Goshen (337) — Chase Meyer 80, Allan Garratt 84, Jake Jennette 84, Jacob Moyer 89, Ethan Vallejo 102
Northridge (340) — Tyler Frazier 80, Blake Neely 83, Tyler Moore 88, Landon Cawood 89, Marcus Keck 91
Fairfield (343) — Cody Maust 80, Donovan Edwards 81, Conner Carpenter 88, Justin Bontrager 94, Tanner Nunemaker 100
NorthWood (346) — Sean Hogan 77, Cooper Weis 84, Jon Cripe 88, Keaton Kitson 97, Liam Hammond 101
Jimtown (357) — Keenan Perkins 80, Nate Behrens 90, Trae Brubaker 92, Ben Behrens 95, Brice Griffee 99
West Noble (366) — Brayden Bohde 89, Joel Mast 90, Brockton Miller 92, Andrew Ritchie 95, Logan Sumowski 119
Bethany Christian (393) — Austin Shenk 92, Micah Shenk 98, Colin Ward 98, Kolton Meerzo 105, Aaron Shenk 107
Prairie Heights (405) — Matt Kumfer 90, Quintin Ross 102, Cameron Sailor 104, Collin Keeslar 109, Mason Lake 112
Bremen (416) — Brett Yelaska 99, Carter Leman 103, Brennen Adams 105, Joshua Hawkins 109, Mark Bahr 110
Lakeland (430) — Bayley Iddings 97, Carson Aldrich 105, Luke Franke 109, Quinnlin Raber 119, Rylee Porter 130