NOBLESVILLE — Liberty Christian’s Alex Stinson and Lapel’s Brodie Williams made it into the regional Monday and they did it the old-fashioned way — they earned it.

Playing on the wind-swept and occasionally rain-dampened Harbour Trees Golf Club layout, Stinson and Williams knew their respective teams weren’t going to advance. In order to play in Friday’s Muncie Central Regional they would both need to have one of the top three individual scores.

Williams needed a birdie on the final hole for the necessary 76. Stinson needed a par. Both did what was necessary to move on.

“I didn’t think a 77 would get me out,” said Williams. “Alex (Stinson) was playing in the same group with me. He and I are pretty much the same in terms of length. I originally was going to use a 3-iron. But he played first and used a driver, so I used a driver.”

The result was exactly what he wanted.

“I was about 90 yards out,” said Williams. “It hit a sand wedge and got it close. I had about a 10- to 12-foot putt. It had just a little break to the left.”

Williams put it right into the center of the cup.

“I thought even par (on the front nine, his second nine) might do it,” said Stinson, who actually needed to do one shot better than that. His approach hit on the right edge of the green. He needed to two-putt from about 25 feet to advance. His first putt stopped just a couple of inches from the hole.

Both golfers had the elements conspire against them on the day.

The wind picked up, the rain fell and eventually lightning caused play to be suspended for nearly an hour. Williams and Stinson were both on the back nine, which has a layout made much more difficult by inclement conditions.

“The conditions on the back were brutal,” said Stinson. “My 42 on the back was not up to my standards, but when I saw the nine-hole scores, I knew I was still in the hunt. I needed that hour (lightning delay) to get my mind straight. Fortunately I got a couple of birdies early on the front.”

So both will now play on Friday. It is Stinson’s second visit to the regional and the first for Williams. Last year Stinson was the medalist. This year that honor went to Carmel’s Peter O’Neill, who was five shots better than anybody else with a 3-under-par 68.

“Last year I had my head in the clouds just because I had made it (to regional),” said Stinson. “I have some unfinished business there.”

None of the eight Madison County teams made the cut. No. 1-ranked Carmel shot a 305 to capture the team

sectional title. Noblesville was second with a 314.

By virtue of the best score of the fifth golfer (not included in the team total) Hamilton Southeastern was the final team to make the regional cut with a 319. Fishers was fourth, also with a 319.

Pendleton Heights had the top Madison County finish with a 347, good for fifth. Brian Stanley’s 84 was the best Arabians score, followed by Blake Stephenson with an 86 and Evan Wise with an 87.

“I know that not knowing such a tough course and the weather conditions made the scores higher for everyone, not just us,” said PH coach Jim Phillips. “This was a very tough field. With Carmel and Noblesville virtual locks to get in, there were 14 teams playing for one spot.”

Sparked by Williams’ 76, Lapel was sixth with a team score of 352. Mason Lloyd was second-best on that team with an 88.

Anderson, the Madison County Tournament champions, was seventh with a 353. Patrick Freeman was a bright spot for the Tribe, carding a team-best 84 from the No. 5 spot in the lineup.

“We didn’t get off to a good start,” said AHS coach Craig Brunnemer. “Then we put up some big numbers after the rain delay. I knew we would have to play our best, best golf and even then it might not be good enough.”

Anderson’s Spencer Morris carded an 88 and Jon Fogle an 89.

Highland was just two shots further back in ninth with a 355. Austin Stagman’s 84 and Trey Knight’s 86 led the Scots.

There will be five players advancing as individuals from teams who didn’t qualify for regional.

The top two are from Fishers. Matt Laurence had a 73 and Tanner Fortune a 75. Westfield’s Alex Walker tied Stinson and Williams with a 76.

Friday’s regional will be played at The Player’s Club in Yorktown.

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