Golf

Washington Regional a daunting task for area golfers

Three teams, three individuals set for regional action Saturday

When area golfers venture to Country Oaks Golf Club Saturday for the girls Washington Regional, they could be headed into a hornet’s nest.

On the course, they’ll be greeted by No. 1-ranked Evansville North, a team that set a state record with a 10-over 290 in the Evansville Memorial Sectional over the past weekend. North, an amazing 318-0 over the past three seasons, is the two-time defending state champion and a juggernaut if there ever was one. Katelyn Skinner, just a sophomore, paced North with a 68 and none of the team’s five golfers shot worse than 76.

Memorial, ranked No. 13 in the state, shot a respectable 321, 31 strokes behind North. And Mater Dei, No. 20 in the final statewide poll, was third with 326.

Floyd Central coach Kara Collier knows it going to be a daunting task to survive the regional and advance to the state finals at Prairie View Golf Club in Carmel.

“Its incredible,” Collier said of the sectional state record shot by North. “This is going to be a great learning experience for some of our younger players.

“It’s the toughest regional in the state.”

The Highlanders shot a 353 in winning the Corydon Sectional Saturday.

“That (Corydon course) played as tough as I’ve ever seen it,” Collier said. “We didn’t play our best Saturday. But it’s hard to compare (sectionals) because the courses are different. We’re going to need good rounds from all five girls Saturday.”

Floyd Central got a lift from senior Lauren Decker, who shot a career-best 72 on the Old Capital Golf Course.

“She had a great day,” Collier said of Decker, who is being recruited by NCAA Division I Charlotte and several Division II schools.

Floyd Central’s other top golfer, Sydney LaDuke, an IUPUI commit who battled a cold before the sectional, carded a 79.

North Harrison’s Hallie Hinton, who shot a 76 at Corydon, should be a factor at the regional, as should Borden’s Mackenzie Smith. Providence’s Alexa Wilson will also compete as an individual. North Harrison and New Albany will join Floyd Central as team qualifiers for the regional.

Even if the rest of the field concedes the regional title to North, two other teams will advance to the state finals, as will the top three individuals from the balance of the field.

Girls golf Washington Regional

When: Saturday, 8:30 a.m.

Where: Country Oaks Golf Club

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