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Hamilton Southeastern Leads Charge into Girls Golf State Finals
September 28, 2011By Rich Torres of VYPE MAGAZINE - Central Indiana
Information provided by IHSAA Communications
Second-ranked Hamilton Southeastern is among the 21 teams set to compete for the crown during the 39th Annual IHSAA Girls Golf State Finals this weekend at The Legends Golf Club in Franklin.
Hamilton Southeastern enters the state tournament series final round as the defending state champions.
In addition to the 21 teams set to participate, 22 individuals have moved on to state for a total of 127 participants representing 43 different teams from across the state.
The IHSAA intends to utilize a double wave start of threesomes with the first group teeing off the Middle 9 course and the Road course at 8:30 a.m. on Friday. The second group of players will begin their rounds at 1 p.m.
Those teams and individuals that make the first-day cut will return for a second day on Saturday.
The No. 2 Royals are aiming for their third title in four years while top-ranked Penn, last year's fourth-place team, is looking for its first crown since 2005. Penn won back-to-back titles in 2004 and 2005. The two top-ranked schools have combined for six of the last nine state championships. Both teams returned four of their top five players from last year.
Three of the top-five scores in regional history were recorded last Saturday with Hamilton Southeastern among the record-setters. The Royals shot a 305 at regional, the second-lowest score ever to win at New Castle's Westwood Golf Course.
Penn's 309 to win the regional at Beechwood in LaPorte was the fourth-lowest. No. 8 Yorktown, which finished runner-up to HSE at Westwood, shot a 310, the fifth-best mark. Noblesville's 302 at Westwood in 2002 remains the regional standard.
Carmel recorded a 321 to win regional at Smock last weekend. The Greyhounds have finished as state runner-up each of the past two years.
Other Central Indiana regional champions include: Center Grove (340) at Foxcliff and Cathedral (327) at Battle Ground.
Martinsville placed second to Center Grove at Foxcliff and is making its ninth consecutive appearance at The Legends. Their streak is the longest active string after Evansville Memorial's streak of 11 straight years ended when it failed to advance out of regional. Evansville Memorial fell short of Martinsville's 12 straight trips from 1990-2001.
Round 2: Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011. 8:30 a.m.
Site: The Legends Golf Club, 2555 N. Hurricane Road, Franklin, IN, 46131.
Admission: $8 per person per day; $12 per person both days.
Advancement from Round One to Round Two: Top nine teams; Any team within 12 strokes of the lead after Round One; Top nine individuals, excluding those individuals who advance with a team plus; Any individual within four strokes of the lead after Round One; Teams tied for ninth place and medalists tied for ninth place.
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