BLUFFTON—Just like in an election where every vote counts, the same could be true in golf where every stroke counts, especially if it is from the fifth player on the team.
Norwell and Canterbury finished tied for third in the IHSAA girls golf sectional Saturday at Timber Ridge Golf Course at 377. With the top three teams in the sectional advancing to the regional this week, it came down to the fifth score to see which team would advance.
Alas, Norwell will be joining sectional champion Homestead (347) and second place New Haven (370) in the regional tournament while only Canterbury's Abigail Berg will see further action as she had one of the three lowest scores not from a team advancing on.
Bellmont just missed out on an opportunity to move on in the tournament as they finished fifth overall at 381. The Squaws put together four rounds of sub-100 golf, something only two other teams in the 13-team sectional was able to do in the 18-hole round event.
Rachel Klingensmith and Amber Fuhrman both carded rounds of 94. Fuhrman opened the front nine with a 44 while Klingensmith was at 49 back on the back nine Klingensmith was five better than Fuhrman for the tie. Klingensmith had the only birdie of the day for Bellmont when she posted a four on the par five fifth hole at Timber Ridge.
Corrinne Bussel recorded a 47-48 for her final 95 scorecard and Macy Phegley ended up at 98 with a 50-48 score. Julia Brewer had the fifth BHS score at 110.
Following Bellmont in the team race were Bishop Luers 410, Southern Wells 427, Jay County 446, South Adams 454, North Side 492, and South Side 510.
South Adams was led by Kristen Lehman at 107 while Samantha Sprunger took a 109, Kristal All had 116, and both Abbie Fisher and Kelli Lehman ended up at 122.
Karley Dobis of Homestead defeated Blackhawk Christian's Jaycee Brunner in a playoff for medalist honors in the sectional. Both girls finished their rounds at 80. Brunner was the only player participating in the tournament for Blackhawk but will advance to the regional as an individual along with Berg and Sadie Herr of Southern Wells. Berg had an 87 while Herr finished at 92, just two strokes better than Klingensmith and Fuhrman.
Jasmine Jennings of Homestead was third at 83, Megan Evans of Norwell finished fourth at 84, and Berg's 87 was good enough for fifth.