Times Sports Editor
The school year has been completed, but one more Clay County athlete continues to compete in the IHSAA postseason.
Dylan Nesty has been playing his best golf of the season when it matters most this season as he takes on the regional field along with Country Oaks Golf Course this morning.
Nesty shot an even par 36 on the back nine of Phil Harris Golf Course on the way to a 75 in Monday's sectional. His round was second best amongst players not on a regional qualifying team, which qualified him for today's Washington Regional.
"Dylan was really focused on Monday and he kept his composure. He had a good game plan and he executed it to perfection," Northview coach Josh Trout said.
Nesty birdied two holes on the front half and one on the back to score the 75 that was tops amongst the Knights and was seven strokes off of medalist, Grant Lewellyn, of Terre Haute North's round of 68.
Nesty played in last year's Owen Valley Sectional, but shot a 94 for Northview, which finished sixth as a team. While he's had somewhat of an uneven season, Trout admitted, Nesty's coach also pointed out that he's hit his stride in the longer, 18-hole matches this season.
"He's had his ups and downs this season, but Dylan has gradually stepped up his play at WIC and in the sectional. I think he seems to execute better in 18-hole matches. He can have a bad hole or two in the longer matches and he has a chance to make up for those bad holes."
Northview competed in the WIC Tourney three weeks ago in Terre Haute and Nesty came through to place eighth individually with an 84 to help the Knights place fourth overall.
Both Trout and Nesty hope to continue his surge this morning on the unique course in Montgomery. The course rests on a 140-acre farm in southern Indiana and is bordered by a white fence. The original farmhouse still rests on the course along with the dairy barn, which has been renovated to house the clubhouse and cart storage facility.
As for the course layout, water comes into play on several different holes. Tee shots must cross bodies of water on hole No. 1, 3, 4, 9, 11 and 18.
Trout offered a quick analysis of the course that Nesty played once already this season.
"Country Oaks is a long course and it tends to be windy," Trout said. "The greens are quick there and I think that the two most important things when playing here is club selection into the green and putting. Dylan is going to have to maintain both of those throughout."
Nesty is joined by Sullivan's Nathan Pirtle and Terre Haute South's Ryan Cahill in the individual portion of the match with teams from Terre Haute North, Linton and Owen Valley qualifying out of the Linton Sectional. The top-three teams will move on to the IHSAA State Finals from regional play along with the lowest three individuals that aren't on a qualifying team.
Trout feels that his golfer is on the right track to performing well in today's match.
"Dylan has had the talent. He's a good hitter and over the last month he's gained the composure and has been staying in a groove."