Eighteen holes were just not enough on Monday.
Richmond and Connersville both finished the course with a low team score of 307, and Red Devil Bryce Moore and New Castle’s Jason Woolums were tied with 71 strokes apiece.
One of the tiebreakers went Richmond’s way as Moore defeated Woolums in the second hole of a playoff to earn individual medalist honors.
The other didn’t as Connersville’s No. 5 player Cody Wilson edged Richmond’s Louis Schroeder by three strokes to give Connersville its second straight IHSAA boys golf sectional title and fourth in five years.
Still, the Red Devils will be right where they want to be on Friday — competing for a regional title at The Players Club Golf Course in Yorktown.
Richmond finished second as a team and Shenandoah finished third with 315 to advance to the regional.
“We still advance and move on to go to The Players Club, and it is what it is,” Red Devil coach Ron Murphy said. “Connersville’s good, Connersville’s real good. We’ve been beaten by them three times this year, but Players Club is a different story. We advance and they advance too.”
The Red Devils trailed the Spartans by five strokes after nine holes, but went on to perform better on the back nine to force the tie.
“We were down by five on the front nine and we came back a little bit,” Murphy added. “Bryce and Evan (Stoker) played really, really good. Drew (Barrett) and Matt (Sheridan) played good.”
Moore faced an early obstacle in the first hole of his playoff, earning a penalty stroke after his tee shot was lost in grass.
He regrouped and tied with Woolums in the first hole, before winning hole No. 2.
“It was like a small tree growing right where my ball was and I tried to put it on the green,” Moore said of the first hole in the playoff. “…There were a couple trees. I tried to play a little cut into the green, and it just cut a little bit too much and the wind kind of cut it, so it wasn’t a very good shot, but I made a good two putt and went on to the next hole.”
Moore is the only senior for the Red Devils and earned his first medalist honor in a sectional.
He had defeated Woolums in a playoff earlier this season during the New Castle Invitational.
“It feels pretty good to win my senior year sectional. I really don’t know what to say. I’m just glad that I won,” he said. “…There was a lot of golf and Jason and I had a long wait for our low medalist playoff.”
Stoker finished second for the Red Devils with a 72, tying with Centerville’s Tyler Pearson. Barrett and Sheridan shot 82s.
The low score for Connersville was a 74 but it was shot by No. 4 Dalton Rosenburger. No. 1 Spartan Jake Hackleman was second on the team with 75 and No. 3 Chandler Creech was third with 76.
“Their No. 3 and No. 4 did really, really good — they shot 36, 36 on the front, and that’s really good,” Murphy added.
Woolums advanced to the regional as an individual on a non-advancing team, along with Pearson and Blue River’s Kyle Gross, who shot 79.
“My long game was great,” said Pearson, a Bulldog freshman. “I left a lot of opportunities out there on the green, but I was able to make up for it a lot. My long game was good, but I just left some putts out there, but that’s golf, though.”
He said he has finished no lower than third in an 18-hole tournament this season.
Pearson paced the Bulldogs to a sixth place score of 351.
Tyler Sharp led Hagerstown (349) to fifth place with an 80, Northeastern’s Ryan Hester shot 87 and Kyle Chamness shot 86 for Union County as the Patriots and Knights both shot seventh-best 359s.
Ian Gough shot 85 to lead Randolph Southern (375) to 10th, Eric Underwood’s 84 led Lincoln (384) to 11th place and Seton Catholic (408) was paced to a 12th place finish by Bryan Beard.