INDIANAPOLIS — The IHSAA girls’ golf sectional Saturday at Old Oakland Golf Course — also known as the Hancock County Tourney Part II — offered a host of historical highlights:
* Mt. Vernon captured the first team sectional championship in program history.
* Led by individual champ Abby Poole, New Palestine advanced to the team regional for the first time.
* And Hancock County schools filled the top three sectional team spots to mark the first occurrence of three Hancock schools advancing to the regional.
“This is a whole new day for New Palestine girls’ golf,” Dragons’ coach Gregg Greene said of his squad’s inaugural regional qualification.
In effect, however, Saturday was just like another day: August 28. At the nine-hole Hancock County Tourney at Arrowhead three weeks ago, Mt. Vernon (182) won the team title by four strokes over New Palestine (186) with Greenfield-Central (187) in third. Poole, the Dragons’ sophomore ace, was the county individual champ.
At Old Oakland in the seven-team sectional, Mt. Vernon (385), New Palestine (389) and Greenfield-Central (400) registered another 1-2-3 finish to qualify for this Saturday’s regional at Westwood Golf Club in New Castle (the top three sectional teams advance to the regional). And Poole was once again the best player on the course, finishing with a career-best 82 to beat Franklin Central’s Danielle Leverett (86) and Mt. Vernon’s Molly Yee (88).