New Castle posted a 301 on Monday to win the Greenfield-Central boys golf sectional. It was the second consecutive sectional championship for the Trojans.
New Castle was led by junior Drew Saunders, who posted a 72 to finish one stroke away from earning medalist honors in the tournament at Hawk’s Tail of Greenfield. New Castle coach Cliff Irvin said he has seen considerable development from Saunders in his junior season, saying Saunders is a player who frequently stays for extra work after practice.
“He’s just been playing really well lately, he’s got it figured out,” Irvin said in a telephone interview. “He’s peaking at the right moment. He’s just hitting everything flush and his putter is working. If you’re going to score that low, you’ve got to be making some decent-length putts.”
Blake Wheeler shot 74, Ty Flowers shot 75, and Kole Schofield posted 80 to produce the three other New Castle scoring cards. Jacob Campbell shot 89 for the Trojans.
Shenandoah’s Ryan Farmer advanced from the sectional as an individual, shooting 75. Farmer’s round included a double eagle on No. 16. The top three teams and top three individuals on non-advancing teams at the Greenfield-Central Sectional advanced to the Central Regional, to be played Friday at The Players Club.
“Our goal is to make it to state,” Irvin said. “We were (at regionals) last year, we kind of flopped a little bit last year. The boys didn’t perform like they know they can. But we’ve seen the course two times this year, at the Yorktown Invite and at conference. So we know what it takes to get out.”