INDIANAPOLIS — Hannah Yee cried at the start of the day. Ellen Wuerch shed a few tears at the end. In between, Abby Poole’s emotions were limited to a cool focus.
The girls golf sectional at Old Oakland Golf Course had its share of drama on Saturday, but the final results mirrored those of a year ago when the Marauders led by Wuerch and Yee won the team title and Poole, the New Palestine ace, won the individual championship.
Saturday, Mt. Vernon was off the pace in the early action. After nine holes in the 18-hole tourney, the Marauders’ four best players posted a collective 184, tied with Whiteland in trailing Greenwood (176) and Pendleton Heights (181).
Only the top three teams qualified for the regional.
“With us being eight shots back and in fourth, I wasn’t sure what was going to happen,” MV coach Caleb Zelencik said. “We improved on the back nine, everyone else fell off.
“Their attitudes have been so great this year. None of them have a single ounce of quit in them. When they do face some adversity, I’ve preached ‘Dig your heels in and fight a little harder.’ And they all really did that today. They all fought.”
The Marauders completed their sectional-defense comeback with a final team score of 366 to edge Whiteland (370) and Greenwood (372). Pendleton Heights (377), New Palestine (379) and Greenfield-Central (411) were among the squads that missed out on a team regional spot, although each of those teams put an individual golfer in the regional, this Saturday in New Castle.
Sophomore Molly Yee led the champs with an 84, while seniors Wuerch (86) and Hannah Yee (90) and junior Bailey Fleming (106) completed the MV scoring.
In addition to a regional qualification for the top three teams, the top three players from non-advancing units earned a spot in the regional. And for the second straight year, Poole resoundingly wrapped up her berth with a sectional title.
Last year on this same course as a sophomore, Poole carded an 82 to win her first sectional by four strokes. This year’s honor wasn’t decided until the sun was nearly set.