By Nick Gonnella Daily News
Greensburg Daily News
---- — The Greensburg Country Club hosted a competitive girls golf sectional tournament Saturday, featuring 12 schools and 11 teams.
According to Greensburg head coach Terry Alverson, the 12 teams made Greensburg the largest sectional site in the State with Columbus North and Columbus East moved from the Bloomington sectional to Greensburg.
The Greensburg girls golf squad fell 16 strokes short of advancing to the regional, placing fourth. Columbus North won the team championship.
North Decatur placed eighth overall and South Decatur placed ninth.
Greensburg sophomore Britney Biltz was the lone golfer from Decatur County to qualify for the regional, which will take place Saturday at Westwood Country Club in New Castle. Biltz carded an 18-hole career low of 78 – good for second overall. She shot a birdie on holes 8 and 10. She qualified as a top-three golfer not on a team that advances.
“Britney had a great day and outscored some of the top players in the State,” said Alverson.
Columbus North’s Sydney Anderson was the meet medalist with a 72. Also advancing individually were Rushville’s Catie Liggett (86) and Abbey Gulde (98).
South Decatur freshman Lydia Wolterman, who shot a 99, missed the qualifying mark by one stroke.
Greensburg senior Tori Giddings (102) closed out her high school career finishing 22nd overall.
“It was an emotional day for Tori since this is her final high school golf match,” commented Alverson.
Greensburg players Payten Ewing (103) and Bri Stagge (106) finished 24th and 30th, respectively. Autumn Moster finished 42nd with a 116.
“This was Bri and Autumn’s first sectional and I thought they did very well taking that into consideration,” said Alverson. “Payten hit some great shots today, but just couldn’t get the ball to drop in the hole on the green.”
Although she is excited to advance, Biltz said afterward that her teammates have supported her on the quest to regional.
“We’re all one big family,” she said.
Biltz added that her motivation was to beat Batesville’s Madison McCreary, who placed third overall with a 79.
“My motivation is to beat Batesville’s No. 1,” said Biltz. “She’s a really good golfer, and we’re good friends.”
For North, who return all golfers next season, Hannah Andrews shot a team-low 106. Andrews shot a 56 on the front nine and a 50 on the back. Nicole Scott followed with a 112 (56-56). JoBeth Martin carded a 113 (60-53), Emily Martin shot a 116 (58-58) and Allison Byrd totaled a 123 (66-57).
For South, Lydia Wolterman missed advancing to regionals by one stroke (99). She shot a 51 on the front nine and a 48 on the back, including a birdie on hole 10. Senior Taylor Vannatta was second for South with a 111 (54-57). Olivia Clarkson shot a 119 (62-57), with a birdie on hole 17, senior Tayler Noble shot a 124 (67-57) and Breanna Evans shot a 142 (74-68).
Coach Alverson said the Greensburg girls return all but one golfer next season.
“With the exception of senior Tori Giddings, everyone on the team are sophomores. I expect we will come back stronger next year,” he said. “Many of the girls will be working hard during the off season and that is where the improvement has to take place.”
Team totals: 1. Columbus North 344, 2. Columbus East 346, 3. Batesville 373, 4. Greensburg 389, 5. Rushville 391, 6. East Central 428, 7. Oldenburg 431, 8. North Decatur 447, 9. South Decatur 453, 10. Milan 486, 11. South Ripley 506.
Jac-Cen-Del sent three golfers to compete individually.
Contact Nick Gonnella at (812) 663-3111, x7003.