Richmond goes from its home course at Forest Hills to another place the Red Devils know well.
That’s fine with the Devils.
RHS extended its number of state-leading sectional titles in boys golf to 33 on Monday. The Devils take aim at a trip to the state meet with Friday’s regional tournament at The Players Club.
The tournament starts at 8 a.m.
“I’m really looking forward to it,” Richmond senior Drew Barrett said of the regional. “We played there earlier this year, and that felt pretty good. Hopefully I get my game right, and see where we can go from there.
“It’s a fun course. I’m really glad that we play there for regional. It’s a great challenge, and I think it’s the perfect test to see if you go on to state or not.”
The top three teams and five low individuals not on advancing teams will move on to the state finals June 17-18 at the Legends Golf Club in Franklin.
Friday’s field is loaded with talent. Top-ranked Hamilton Southeastern is among the 18 squads vying for one of three state spots awarded to the top teams at the Muncie Central regional.
Richmond and Centerville are two more. The Red Devils were first at the Forest Hills sectional, while fellow Wayne County program Centerville finished third.
“There are going to be a lot of good teams there. If they (Red Devil golfers) have a really good day, we’ll go to the state,” said RHS coach Ron Murphy. “If everyone plays a really good round, we can go to the state.”
Other teams at the Players Club are New Castle, Mt. Vernon, Shelbyville, Indianapolis Cathedral, Lawrence Central, Heritage Christian, Yorktown, Muncie Central, Wapahani, Noblesville, Pendleton Heights, Oak Hill, Marion, Belmont and Connersville.
Area individuals competing include Lincoln’s Eric Underwood, Seton Catholic’s Tony Miller, Union’s Spencer Shore and Winchester’s Brandon Edwards.
Centerville’s Mason Rader was the individual medalist at Forest Hills, carding a 78. He edged four competitors by one stroke, including Richmond’s Barrett and Evan Williams.
“I played (The Players Club) pretty well last year,” said Williams, who carded an 83 during last year’s regional at the Yorktown course. “If we all come together like we did (at the sectional), we can have a chance at moving on.”
Richmond has won seven regional championships, the last coming in 2003 — also the year the Devils won their fifth team state championship.
Barrett, Williams, Matt Sheridan, Jarrett Focht and Geno Pieroni were on Richmond’s sectional championship team on Monday. The Red Devils shot 325 to Connersville’s 331.
“We’re playing pretty well there,” Murphy said of The Players Club.