The Paper photos by Lori PoteetNorth Montgomery's Caleb White (top) led all county golfers while Charlie Bullerdick and the Mounties took third.
The Paper photos by Lori Poteet

North Montgomery's Caleb White (top) led all county golfers while Charlie Bullerdick and the Mounties took third.
The golf sectional was a race for second and third. That was pretty well established going in thanks to an excellent Greencastle team expected to take first.

That race for the final two advancing spots included all three Montgomery County schools, North Putnam, Rockville and Attica.

When the final ball hit the bottom of the cup Friday at the Crawfordsville Municipal Golf Course, it was the Mounties that found a spot in Thursday's regional.

As expected, Greencastle won the meet, shooting a 298. North Putnam took second at 332 and Southmont grabbed the final advancing spot with a score of 340. North Montgomery played their best round of the year, shooting a 345 for fourth. Crawfordsville was fifth, with 350 - a score that head coach Roger Tribbett thought would be good enough to advance.

"There were just some good scores out there," said Tribbett. "You just have to go low at the sectional. I gave them a goal of 350, they shot 350 and it just wasn't enough. We got out last year with a 366. So it's disappointing for the three seniors. Once in a lifetime you get attached to a bunch of guys as a coach that are just fun to come out and coach. They've learned a lot and I've learned a lot by coaching them.

"We knew we were in a battle with (Southmont and North Montgomery) to get out," he added.

Southmont freshman Charlie Bullerdick paced the third-place Mounties with an 82, just ahead of sophomore teammate Blake Williams' 83. Classmate Nolen Whitecotton added an 85 and Heath Whalen rounded out the scoring with a 90 to help the Mounties advance.

"That's kind of been our pattern," said first-year Mountie head coach Brent Meier. "Charlie and Blake have been low scorers for us most of the time. And then Whitecotton and Whalen have been consistent.

"That's the best score we've shot this year for 18 holes," he added. "But they've gotten consistently better as the year's gone on. They've learned to really keep their emotions in check and in control.

North Montgomery's lone senior, Caleb White, scored the best of any county player in his final meet. White navigated the course in 80 strokes. Teammates Evan Florey (87) and Bob Ryker (85) also cracked 90. The Charger's team score of 345 was 108 strokes better than their first tournament of the season.

"We improved a ton and came a long way," said North Montgomery head coach Mark Shadiow. "They focused all week on this, gave it everything they had and just came up a little bit short. That's how it goes sometimes. They battled - gave it everything they had. Our scores constantly came down throughout the year and it's just a testament to how hard they've worked. They'll use it to come back better next year. They've experienced the losing side and hopefully can experience the winning side."

Crawfordsville's consistent effort saw Adam Kidd, Devin Guard and Christian Ranard each card 87. Sam Ross turned in an 89 and George Go scored a 93.

Southmont will play Thursday at Country Oaks Golf Course in Washington - a town in southern Indiana. They will meet with the top teams and individuals from the following sectionals: Evansville Mater Dei, Indianapolis Crispus Attucks, Linton-Stockton, Martinsville and Vincennes Lincoln.

"This is new to all of us to go down there," Meier said. "We'll play a couple rounds locally here at somewhere that will really challenge them. And then we'll go down Wednesday and play a practice round and get them ready for Thursday."