Pirates survive and advance

Photo by James Howell Jr. | Daily NewsThe Greensburg Pirates golf team huddles for a meeting following their survival at the Greensburg Sectional Friday afternoon.

GREENSBURG -- By the narrowest margin possible, the Greensburg Pirates took third place to advance to the Providence Regional next week at Friday’s boys golf sectional.

The Pirates again hosted 13 schools in total at the Greensburg Country Club and came home with a third place finish behind Columbus North and Columbus East.

Greensburg’s team score of 324 beat out the South Dearborn Knights by just one stroke.

“Honestly, I think 324 is the best score we have had in the sectional while I have been coaching,” coach Bryce Mize said. “The competition was just tight this year, and we knew it would be with how well South Dearborn was playing this year.”

Sophomore Ben Bausback led in scoring with a 76 for the Pirates.

Curtis Bausback shot 80, while Trevor Foster and Cole Carder rounded out the scoring with 83 and 85, respectively.

Devin Winkler’s 87 was almost needed as a fifth score tie-breaker against the Knights. His 87 would have claimed the tie breaker by; you guessed it, one stroke.

Columbus North won the Sectional with a 294, and Henry Kiel took the individual title with a 69.

The advancing individuals were Drew Miller of South Dearborn, Andrew Wagner of Oldenburg and Josh Clark of Milan.

The Pirates will now compete in the Providence Regional next Thursday at Champions Pointe Golf Course.

The North Decatur Chargers and South Decatur Cougars also competed in the Greensburg sectional.

The Chargers finished 10th with a team score of 383.

Collin Bryant led the Chargers with an 88.

Trey Nobbe and Brady Espinda shot a pair of 97s and Cejay Parmer shot a 101.

Brendan Spears 103 did not factor into the team score.

The Cougars finished 13th in the field, led by Nick Bales with a round of 95.

Evan Wullenweber shot 103, Grant Vannatta shot 116 and Garrett Bates shot 129.

Tyler Hibberd’s 134 did not factor into the team score.

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