By Eric Markham firstname.lastname@example.org
PERU — The Oak Hill boys’ golf team is moving on to regional, but that doesn’t mean it’s satisfied with its performance.
The Golden Eagles finished in second place on Monday at Rock Hollow Golf Club with a team score of 333 in the Peru sectional. Northwestern won with 332 and Tipton took third with 335. The top-three teams of each sectional advance to regional.
Oak Hill head coach Gary Conway, however, thinks his squad can and will do better during Friday’s regional at Battle Ground Golf Club.
“We felt like we could play better than what we did today,” Conway said after the tournament. “And I know that they’d all tell you, ‘I left strokes out there, I wanted to play better’ … They felt the sectional championship was in their grasp, but what I reminded them of is that they get to move on and they get another chance at the sectional championship team over there so we’re looking forward to that.”
Junior B.J. White was the low man on the team with an 80 on the difficult Rock Hollow course. He tied for second place with Peru freshman Cameron Smith after 18 holes and White beat him on the second hole of a play off when he birdied and Smith parred. The overall medalist was Northwestern’s Nathan Edwards with 79, White took home the second-place ribbon and Smith got third.
“He leads our team in scoring and he’s a solid player,” Conway said of White. “I know he’s very disappointed with his finish. He was playing much better than that today, but there will be other days for him too. I look for him to rebound and play a good round over at Battle Ground and I look for him to be in the hunt over there to take medalist honors.”
Jake Sciaudone finished with 81 for the Golden Eagles and Seth Sallee carded 85. Michael Law checked in with 87 and Trey Orrell shot a 93.
Maconaquah’s sophomore Jake Jones (82) and Peru freshmen Isaac Badry (83) and Smith (80) will advance to regional as individuals.
According to the IHSAA, the Lafayette Jefferson regional will begin at 8 a.m. Friday in Battle Ground.