By Nathan Brown
The Herald Bulletin
---- — NOBLESVILLE — After starting off his sectional round two-over through the first five holes at Purgatory Golf Course, Pendleton Heights’s Colin Proctor made a charge that included three birdies in his final six holes to take the boys’ golf sectional medalist title, leading the Arabians to the team title in the process.
Proctor shot a one-under 71, winning medalist honors by two shots over Noblesville’s Jackson Wright, who came in second-place with a 73. Proctor and Wright, along with Hamilton Southeastern’s Johnny Watts played in the final group of the three teams who came in favored to make it out of the Noblesville sectional.
At the turn, Wright carded a 36 on the front nine to lead Proctor and Watts by a stroke, but Monday’s medalist said he managed to play a bit more aggressive on the closing holes, and it paid off.
“I didn’t know how everyone stood, but I knew to win medalist as an individual, I was going to have to go low the last six holes,” Proctor said. “I played the last six holes at three under. Jackson is a great player and so is Johnny, and they were both beating me at the time.
“It’s a lot easier to be aggressive when you’re playing from behind, and that’s what I was doing. I made a few 15-footers the last six holes that just nudged me ahead of them.”
The team title came down to the final hole, where Pendleton led Noblesville by a single stroke. Proctor hit one of his longest drives of the day and managed to reach the par five 18th hole in two shots. Wright hit his approach shot to within a couple feet and tapped in for birdie, but Proctor managed to two-putt for his own birdie and clinch the second title in three years for the Arabians by a single stroke.
“It’s a great feeling knowing I can shoot under par on this course,” Proctor said. “Winning as a team is more important to me right now, I’m happy I played well, but I’m really happy our team won by a shot.”
The Arabians shot 302 as a team, led by Proctor. Tyler Meyer tied for third in the individual competition with Noblesville’s Josh Keating with a three-over 75. Brothers Trevar and Rylan Denney shot 77 and 79, respectively, and Pendleton’s fifth man, Zach Farrer, fired an 88.
Noblesville came in second place with a team-score of 303, and Hamilton Southeastern was a distant third with 318. All three teams will play Friday at The Players Club in Yorktown for the Muncie Central Regional.
Although the Lapel boys’ golf team finished 12 shots out of qualifying for regionals with a team-score of 330, its top two individuals will be making the trip.
Tanner Watkins, who shot 77 and tied for fifth place individually, and Mitchell Richardson, who shot 79, were two of the three lowest individuals who won’t move on to Friday’s regionals with their teams, allowing them to move on and play at least one more round this season.
Following Watkins and Richardson Monday for Lapel was Caleb Brown, who fired an 84, Zack Campbell with a 90 and Tanner Winningham with a 97.
Alexandria fired a team-score of 386, led by Mason Knopp’s 90. Others contributing to their team-score included Andy Rowe (96), Nik Vail (96) and Israel Ryan (104).
Mitchell Smith led the Anderson with a 99, en route to the Indians’ team-score of 416. Erik Spencer followed just one shot behind with a 100. Jacob Gray shot a 106, and Levi Jones carded a 111.
Frankton’s 418 followed close behind, led by Cameron Bates with a 94. Adam Likens shot a 102, Zach Stephenson carded a 108, and Noah Hinds came in with a 114.