Alex Krauss posted a pre-sectional prediction that the medalist would shoot in the 77 or 78 range.
When the Harrison senior turned in his scorecard with a 75, he felt good about his chances of winning his first varsity tournament.
Led by Krauss’ medalist round, Harrison won its fourth straight IHSAA sectional, outscoring runner-up Central Catholic 312-339.
“If I had to pick one (to win), this would be it,” said Krauss, who conquered the par-72 Battle Ground Golf Club course.
Central Catholic and West Lafayette join Harrison in next Friday’s Battle Ground Regional field. West Lafayette shot a 340, edging McCutcheon by a stroke for the final team regional spot. The Knights were able to overcome the Red Devils thanks to four players shooting a 90 or lower.
“We lost earlier in the regular season to West Side by one, so it feels good beating them by one now,” said Thomas Decker, who led CC with an 80. “We never expected this, but it’s a great surprise.”
As consolation, McCutcheon senior Spencer Coverdale (78) advances to the regional as an individual, along with Clinton Prairie’s Grant Doyle (77) and Rossville’s Kaleb Harness (78).
The Raiders distanced themselves from the field with depth and experience.
Using a lineup of four seniors and a freshman, Harrison got a 77 from senior Jacob Bower, a 78 from freshman Grant Brettnacher and an 82 from senior Evan Bond to win the title. No. 5 golfer Charlie Newton shot an 86, which would have been among the top three on any other team.
Krauss shot par or better on 13 of the 18 holes, including birdies on the final two holes to complete a one-under 35 on the front nine.
“We’re extremely deep. Even the guys who weren’t playing today, we have two or three who could have easily been playing today,” Bower said. “That’s the thing. We are such a competitive team, even at practice, that everybody is going to bring their ‘A’ game every day, no matter what.”
Gaurav Mittal matched Doyle and Bower for the second lowest round of the day. The senior’s 77 led West Lafayette, which had No. 5 golfer Mike King posted the Red Devils’ second-lowest round at 85.
That allowed CC to get the separation it needed for second place. The Knights got an 81 from Tim Wagner, an 88 from Nick Thomas and a 90 from Matt Thieme, just enough to outscore Mittal, King, Christopher Park (86) and Scott Chapman (92).