Old-fashioned scoreboard scouting would say the teams advancing out of the Peru Boys Golf Sectional are in trouble as they head into today’s Warsaw Regional at Stonehenge G.C. in Winona Lake.
Western, Kokomo and Peru enter today’s round with the highest respective scores in the field among first-, second-, and third-place qualifiers from the five other sectionals which feed into Stonehange.
But, the local squads had the luxury — or hindrance depending on your outlook — of playing their sectional round at Rock Hollow G.C., which is rated as the No. 8-toughest course in Indiana according to Golf Digest Magazine. None of the other five feeder sectional courses made the magazine’s list of top 15 courses in the state.
The field at Stonehenge for the regional, which gets underway today at 9 a.m., includes one ranked squad: No. 6-ranked Fort Wayne Dwenger won the Fort Wayne Canterbury Sectional at Chestnut Hills G.C. with a 291. The Saints are one of three regional squads which broke 300 in their respective sectional rounds, as Columbia City fired a 299 to win the Warsaw Sectional at Rozella Ford G.C., and Homestead finished runner-up to Dwenger at Chestnut Hills with a 299.
“I think it’s a very tough field,” Kokomo coach Jay Davis said. “The thing that makes it hard to compare is that all of these teams played their sectional rounds on different courses. Some of the scores that are thrown in there – without knowing how tough of a course some of these teams played in their sectionals, you don’t know if they’re going to be able to repeat that.”
Western fired a 315 Monday on its way to capturing the program’s first sectional title.
Seniors Tyler White and Austin Smith paced the field at Rock Hollow with a one-over 73 and two-over 74 respectively. Ryan Rossi’s 81 and Brennan Raines’ 87 also helped the Panthers stand atop the leaderboard at day’s end.