It didn’t take Tara Clark long to get over it. The senior golfer at Yorktown ended last week’s Southside Sectional on an awkward note. She had to play off against her younger sister and teammate, Morgan Clark, for individual medalist honors.
Morgan Clark won the playoff, and it seemed to have taken an emotional toll on both sisters when they returned to the pavilion at Crestview Golf Club to report the result.
By later that night, though, Tara Clark said things had calmed down. The two sisters are competitive, they just don’t let that get in the way of their close relationship.
“We were fine that night, it was just emotional,” she said. “Because we both wanted to win. Of course, it’s my last year, and who doesn’t want to win. It’s awkward against your sister, but that’s just the way it is sometimes.”
Led by the Clark sisters, who each posted a 73, Yorktown shot 303 and won the Southside Sectional by 55 strokes. The Tigers will compete today at the New Castle Regional at 8 a.m. at Westwood Golf Club (the first Yorktown tee time is at 12:30 p.m.) Winchester and Delta will also be at the regional, and Wapahani’s Hannah Stanley, Southside’s Keely Townsend and Central’s Sydney Norris will each compete as individuals.
The Tigers, ranked No. 1 in the state, will see some other teams from near the top of the rankings. No. 2 Noblesville and No. 3 Hamilton Southeastern are also competing at New Castle.
“There’s a lot of tough teams in this regional,” Yorktown coach Brian Hill said. “I just stressed to these girls, ‘They’ve played well all year, just try to keep playing your same game, play your own game, don’t worry about what the other players are doing. If you can go out there and you can beat the course, you can beat most players.’ “
Hill frequently tells his players to focus only on beating the course, and this week the challenge is Westwood Golf Club. The Tigers played a practice round there this week, and noticed the greens were much faster than their home course, The Players Club.
“They’re a lot quicker, a lot more break to them,” Tara Clark said. “It’s just different. And we wish we could bring the putting green down to us to practice for the rest of the week, but it’s going to be OK. But if there’s anything that we’re going to be worried about, it’s probably going to be our putting.”