GG REGIONALS: Sectional-winning #19 Whiteland looking for more
September 19, 2012Whiteland High School
By Steve McClure
Kristen Welker knew she had something special when she took over the head coaching reigns of the Whiteland girl golf program.
As an assistant to Dylan Purlee last year, Welker has seen her players mature, improve their skills, and withstand the pressure from big-league tournaments against such teams as Johnson County rivals 11th-ranked Center Grove and Greenwood.
The 19th-ranked Warriors emerged as the county champ back in August and added their first-ever sectional championship at the Martinsville Sectional played at a challenging Foxcliff Golf Club.
Now, Whiteland has its sights set on the Sept. 22 Roncalli Regional at Greenwood’s Smock Golf Course.
The Warriors are among the 18 teams that will compete for three team spots in the state finals on Sept. 28-29 at The Legends of Indiana course in Franklin.
With Center Grove and Greenwood also there, they'll also be going up against the likes of fifth-ranked Carmel, No. 12 Zionsville, No. 18 Roncalli, Avon, Ben Davis and Terre Haute South.
Not to worry.
The Warriors will play their game and keep focus like they've done all season.
Leading the way will be senior Paige Lundy and junior sensation Alexa West, who earned medalist honors Saturday at Foxcliff with a 77.
Whiteland will be paired up with Carmel, North Montgomery, and Terre Haute South. Announced tee times are 9 a.m. to 9:36 a.m. ET.
It's bound to be a shootout, and all eyes will be on the leaderboard at the end of the day.
The Roncalli regional field (listed chronologically by sectional result including team score):
- #12 Zionsville 319, #5 Carmel 325, Ben Davis 335
- Brownsburg 370, Avon 371, Plainfield 382
- Lebanon 343, North Montgomery 366, Southmont 407
- #19 Whiteland 346, #11 Center Grove 350, Greenwood 380
- Terre Haute South 344, Northview 361, Terre Haute North 385
- #18 Roncalli 329, Perry Meridian 353, Southport 405