Hancock County’s 2014 boys golf season came to a close Friday at the Muncie Central Regional, with seven local golfers and one team failing to qualify for the State Finals Tuesday and Wednesday at The Legends in Franklin.
Greenfield-Central Sectional champion Oliver Mast of Mt. Vernon was again the top local performer Friday at the Players Club, but his round of 80 was short of the score needed to be an individual advancing to state without a team.
Three-time county champion Austin Alexander of MV fired an 86, as did teammate Jacob Ault. Will Dant (87) rounded out the scoring for the Marauders, whose team score of 339 netted them 14th place.
“The things we talked about going into (Friday) that were concerns showed up and hurt us: missing greens and missing fairways,” MV coach Caleb Zelencik said. “That course will not let you easily come back with pars and birdies. It just got out ahead of us.”
G-C’s Adam Casto (89) – who advanced to the state meet last season – and New Palestine’s Brady Elliott (88) were also out on the links Friday but failed to move on.
Yorktown (302), Hamilton Southeastern (303) and Pendleton Heights (309) moved on to state as the top three finishing teams.
HSE’s Graham McAree took home medalist honors with a 70. Lawrence Central’s Tony Rogers (73) was second, with Muncie Central’s Keegan Bronenburg (73) taking third.
Drew Saunders of New Castle and Jackson Wright of Noblesville tied for fourth with 74s, while Yorktown’s Palmer Hill and Eric Short were tied fifth (74s).
The top five low individuals from non-advancing teams move on to state.
The five golfers moving on to the State Finals without a team were Rogers, Bronenburg, Saunders, Wright and Oak Hill’s Cody White (75).