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Northview's Knight advances as individual from Owen Valley Golf Sectional

Monday, June 6, 2011

Northview's Larry Knight tees off on the 17th hole on his way to a round of 78 and a berth in the Washington Regional. [Order this photo]

Times Sports Editor

SPENCER -- Steamy conditions reigned at Rolling Meadows Golf Course as Terre Haute South overtook the Patriots of Terre Haute North to take the team title with a score of 290 on Monday afternoon. Terre Haute North, who won last year's title, finished second with a 299 ahead of the Linton Miners' 317.

All three teams will advance to Thursday's Washington Regional at Country Oaks Golf Course.

The Northview Knights missed out on advancing as a team for the first time since the 2006 team missed out by one stroke. Northview finished fifth as a team with a score of 347. On the brighter side however, the school will by represented individually by Larry Knight, who carded a 78 to advance along with Owen Valley's Alan Jackson (74) and Sullivan's Derek Andre (81).

"It was a little disappointing team-wise," Northview coach Scott Buell said. "We had a pretty solid practice round and we were over 20 shots worse (today) than we were in our practice round. So that was a little disappointing. Larry (Knight) had a tough front nine, but I'm really proud of him. He went back and shot one-under par on the back nine to put himself in position to move on. So it was a real good day for him."

Knight shot a 43 on the front nine holes and regrouped to shoot a 35 on the back nine despite increasing temperatures on the course.

Clay City's Austin Sinders putts on the 18th green on the way to a 91 for the Eels. [Order this photo]
"I think overall it was just mental toughness," Buell said in regards to what made Knights' back nine holes much stronger. He really wasn't hitting that well on the front, I gave him a little pep talk as he was coming off nine and he went to the back and really got it going. He had a really solid round, Larry showed a lot of competitiveness and toughness."

The Knights also got an 87 from Jacob Musgrave, an 88 from Brad Smith, a 94 from Dylan Nesty and a 95 from Drew Atkinson.

The Braves were led by the co-medalist efforts of Cory and Eric Gertz, who each shot a 71 followed by Thomas Goss' 72 and a 76 from Shelby Stewart.

"It's obviously hot, but it's the same for everybody," Buell said. "Congratulations to Terre Haute South, they had an outstanding day shooting 290, that's a good score."

Clay City shot a seventh-place score of 360 led by Darius Farmer's 82. Austin Sinders and Colton Dyer each shot 44 on the front nine and finished with a 91, Rhett Bigger had a 96 and Koby Rhodes finished strong with a 42, but started with a 56 to total 98.

Knight advances to Thursday's regional on a course that the team played fairly recently.

"The regional is a long course, a tough course," Buell said of the Washington Regional course, Country Oaks. "We'll go down and play a practice round on Wednesday. We had a decent round when we went down there about a month ago at the Washington Invitational so we know what's out there. It's just a matter of going out there and putting the ball in the right spot."

Owen Valley Golf Sectional

At Rolling Meadows Golf Course

Top-three teams advance, plus top-three individuals not on qualifying team

Team scores: Terre Haute South 290, Terre Haute North 299, Linton 317, Sullivan 326, Northview 347, Owen Valley 354, Clay City 360, North Central 402, Shakamak 417, Bloomfield 433, White River Valley 439, West Vigo 445

Top-10 individuals

1. Eric Gertz (THS) 71, 1. Cory Gertz (THS) 71, 3. Thomas Goss (THS) 72, 3. Grant Lewellyn (THN) 72, 5. Alan Jackson 74, 6. Samuel Pollock 75, 7. Shelby Stewart (THS) 76, 8. Larry Knight (Nview) 78, 9. Sam Harbaugh (THS) 78, 10. Nick Parham (THN) 79

T.H. South (290): Cory Gertz 71, Eric Gertz 71, Thomas Goss 72, Shelby Stewart 76, Sam Harbaugh 78

T.H. North (299): Grant Lewellyn 72, Ryan Sneddon 73, Samuel Pollock 75, Nick Parham 79, William Pollock 84

Linton (317): Ben Boyd 77, Clayton French 78, Koye Kaiser 80, Cole Bradbury 82, Luke Jerrells 89

Sullivan (326): Derek Andre 81, Reed Jackson 3, Tyler Monroe 83, Connor Tackett 85, Seth Conwell 92

Northview (347): Larry Knight 78, Jacob Musgrave 87, Brad Smith 88, Dylan Nesty 94, Drew Atkinson 95

Owen Valley (354): Alan Jackson 74, Matt Patterson 89, Corbin Worland 90, Dylan Winkler 101, Kaleb Oldham 104

Clay City (360): Darius Farmer 82, Austin Sinders 91, Colton Dyer 91, Rhett Bigger 96, Koby Rhodes 91

North Central (402): Brennan Crooks 87, Chaz Childs 97, Cullen Johnson 102, Mitchell Morris 116

Shakamak (417): Eamon Eccles 83, Jonathan Wildin 93, Garrett Scott 94, John Stevenson 147

Bloomfield (433): Evan Wright 95, Kyle Robinson 110, Alex Bartlow 112, Bradley Seymour 116, Drew Haywood 166

White River Valley (439): Matthew Crowe 93, Damian Hiatt 109, Cody Hershman 109, Randy Wines 128, Austin Roudebush 136

West Vigo (445): Nick Brownfield 94, Brandon Blystone 109, Jeff Anderson 115, Joe Gray 127