The Paper photo by Codey Emerson 
The Lady Mounties come into Saturday’s sectional as one of the favorites to advance to Regionals.
The Paper photo by Codey Emerson The Lady Mounties come into Saturday’s sectional as one of the favorites to advance to Regionals.

Crawfordsville, North Montgomery, and Southmont’s girl’s golf teams met at the Crawfordsville Country Club on Wednesday night with the County Championship on the line. After finishing just one stroke short of a conference title last Saturday, the Mounties were playing with a chip on their shoulder. That chip fueled the team to shoot a 174 on the night and the Mounties walked away with the county title. 

It came down to a tie-breaker between the Athenians and Chargers to see who came out in second place as both teams shot a 214. The fifth place score of 59 from North Montgomery’s Grace Littell, ended up being better than the 61 of Crawfordsville’s Sadie Walker. That two stroke difference gave the Chargers second place. Head Coach Nick Johnson talked about his team’s performance and looked ahead to Saturday’s sectional.

“214 is a lot better than what we have been shooting recently,” Johnson said. “I want to say that we’re peaking at the time, but we will see come Saturday. Having Chole back definitely helped us tonight and Abbie Horn played really well tonight as she shot a 49 as she improved 14 strokes from her last meet. If we play well on Saturday, I could see us getting one or maybe two of our girls advancing to regionals. I think if we shoot under 400 as a team that we will have a shot. Overall I’m very optimistic that there’s a chance that we can get out, it all depends on how the kids swing.” 

The Mounties were plagued by putting woes at the conference meet and Head Coach Bill Whalen used that to motivate the team heading into Wednesday night and it worked. 

“We still had the score sheet up there at practice on Monday and all we did at practice that day was putt for two hours. We know the task that we have ahead of us and what we have to accomplish. I also didn’t want them to overlook tonight and they did a great job overall. I hope they use this as a springboard into Saturday.” 

The Mounties are fortunate to have incredible depth with their team as four of their top five girls have medaled at some point this season. 

“That has benefitted us a lot and what’s carried us this season,” Whalen said. “We can only really afford for one of our players to have an off night. The other four have to keep their scores down. When we start getting into trouble is when a few of those girls shooting high numbers.” 

As far as expectations go for Saturday’s sectional, Whalen did share a number that he has in mind as the Mounties will head into the meet as one of the favorites to advance. 

“I don’t think there’s any reason why we can’t go in there and shoot a 360,” Whalen said. “I think that score is very doable. We went over there and practiced the other night so now we know where we can and can’t hit the ball. We can’t control what the other teams shoot, but if we shoot a 360 I think we’d be in good shape.” 

All three schools will compete at Harrison Hills on Saturday as post-season play gets underway. 

Meet Results: Southmont 174, North Montgomery 214, Crawfordsville 214

Individual Medalist Logan Berrisford (SM) 41

Southmont: Logan Berrisford 41, Erin Williams 43, Bailey Thompson 44, Taylor Grino 45, Carson White 46, Macie Shirk 49, Lexi Rusk 53

North Montgomery: Abbie Horn 49, Morgan Swick 52, Chole Maxwell 54, Ella Stultz 59, Grace Littell 59, Grace Shrader 62

Crawfordsville: Bailey Mittal 45, Evie Redding 50, Georgia Kincaid 59, Gwen Redding 60, Sadie Walker 61, McKenzie Wilson 65