Union County is becoming a veteran team when it comes to regional tournaments in girls golf.
It doesn’t get old for the Patriots, though.
Union County will be making its fourth straight regional appearance as a team this Saturday when the Patriots tee off at New Castle’s Westwood Golf Course.
Two of the advancing Patriots, Maureen Miller and Breeanna McClure have been on all four regional qualifying teams.
“I’m excited about going back to regionals,” said Miller, who paced the Patriots with a team-low 83 at last week’s sectional tournament. “It’s my senior year, and we made it to regional all four years, which is an awesome accomplishment for our team.”
Union County is going in with momentum, having won the Highland Lake sectional, the program’s second overall championship and first since 2006. The Patriots also claimed this year’s Tri-Eastern Conference tournament title.
The Patriots will be joined at New Castle by another TEC team. Hagerstown, the 2012 sectional champ, finished second this season by one shot.
Connersville also advanced as a team from the Highland Lake sectional.
“Our girls like Westwood,” said Hagerstown coach Lloyd Michael. “I think they’ll definitely be looking forward to it.”
The New Castle regional features teams from the Anderson, Greensburg, Lawrence Central, Mt. Vernon and Muncie South sectionals.
Other advancing teams include Hamilton Southeastern, Noblesville, Fishers, Columbus North, Columbus East, Batesville, Cathedral, Bishop Chatard, Lawrence North, Mt. Vernon, Whiteland, Greenwood, Yorktown, Delta and Muncie South.
Noblesville is ranked fifth, Hamilton Southeastern sixth, Yorktown eighth, Columbus East 14th, Cathedral 15th and Columbus North 17th.
“Six … ranked teams coming in there. Both of us (Hagerstown and Union County) have a shot, I think, if we both play well,” Michael said.
The top three teams and five low individuals not on advancing teams move on to the state finals Oct. 4-5 at the Legends Golf Club in Franklin.
Miller qualified for state last year as an individual. She tied for 63rd.
The area also had three individuals qualify from the sectional, two of whom came from Richmond. Sophomores Kayla Owens and Angela Roggero will play at Westwood this Saturday, as will Lincoln’s Ashley Eblen.
Owens and Roggero have regional experience. Both were freshmen on last year’s Red Devil team that moved on from the sectional.
“It will help a lot, just knowing the course,” Owens said of past regional experience. “We played at the course by ourselves a couple of weeks ago, just for practice. Now we’re going to go and try to do our best.”
Added RHS coach Ron Murphy: “Good job for these girls. They are only sophomores and they are going to get better and better and better.”