WASHINGTON -- The golf season came to a conclusion for most of the area boys' high school golfers on Thursday afternoon at the Washington Regional at Country Oaks Golf Course.
The Northview Knights shot a score of 333 to place eighth on Thursday while Terre Haute South finished in a tie for the final qualifying spot for the state finals, but Jasper advanced on the strength of its fifth players' score.
Both teams shot a score of 322, but Jasper's Dru Hein shot an 86 to edge the Braves' fifth score of 87 by Eric Gertz.
Terre Haute North, which won the Owen Valley Sectional on Monday, finished sixth with a team score of 325.
Evansville North, ranked sixth in the final Indiana High School Golf Coaches' Association poll, followed up a sectional win this week, with a regional title. The Huskies shot a 309 to top Evansville Harrison by seven strokes.
Evansville Central's Tyler Merkel shot a 72 to win individual medalist honors with Princeton's Beau Bridgland also carding a 72. Terre Haute South's Thomas Goss will move on with a 73 to play at The Legends Course in Franklin.
Northview was led on Thursday by an 80 from Ryan Turner followed by an 81 from Drew Snyder. Both Daniel Eaglin and Josh Hoskins each shot an 86 with Brad Smith finishing with an 89.
Sam Pollock's 77 led Terre Haute North's scoring with a 77. Linton got a 75 from Ben Boyd, and his teammate, Chase Rhoten shot an 86. Sullivan's Derek Andre carded an 82.
State Finals play begins on Tuesday, June 15 with the opening round with the top-nine teams moving along with any team within 12 strokes of the lead after Round One also advancing. The top-nine individuals, excluding those athletes that advance with their team, also move on to the second round.
- Top-three teams and top-three individuals not on a qualifying team advance to state finals
Team Scores: Evansville North 309, Evansville Harrison 316, Jasper 322, T.H. South 322, Evansville Memorial 323, T.H. North 325, Princeton 325, Northview 333, Springs Valley 335, North Knox 340, Vincennes Lincoln 342, Paoli 352
1. Tyler Merkel (EC) 72, 2. Beau Bridgland (Princ) 72, 3. Thomas Goss (THS) 73
Ryan Turner 80, Drew Snyder 81, Daniel Eaglin 86, Josh Hoskins 86, Brad Smith 89
T.H. South (322)
Thomas Goss 73, Cory Gertz 81, Shelby Stewart 82, Jackson Jarvis 86, Eric Gertz 87
T.H. North (325)
Sam Pollock 77, Will Pollock 81, Ryan Sneddon 82, Nick Parham 85, Grant Lewellyn 87
Ben Boyd (Linton) 75
Derek Andre (Sullivan) 82
Chase Rhoten (Linton) 86