Tie-breaker gives HNHS girls' golf team fourth consecutive sectional championship

Enjoying a fourth consecutive sectional girls' golf championship are HNHS team members (from left) Assistant Coach Scott Winter, Morgan O'Banion, Maddie Meese, Kelly Myers, Laurisa Richard, Liz Conley and Head Coach Derek Boone.
Enjoying a fourth consecutive sectional girls' golf championship are HNHS team members (from left) Assistant Coach Scott Winter, Morgan O'Banion, Maddie Meese, Kelly Myers, Laurisa Richard, Liz Conley and Head Coach Derek Boone. Photo by Jessica Williams.

Laurisa Richard topped her Marion counterpart by one stroke to give the Huntington North High School girls' golf team a tie-breaking win and its fourth consecutive Huntington Golf Sectional Tournament championship, on Saturday, Sept. 19, at LaFontaine Golf Course.

Both teams tallied team scores of 367 on the strength of their top four players' scores. The tiebreak - the score posted by the teams' fifth golfers, went to HNHS on the strength of Richard's 106 to the 107 posted by Marion's Halle Smith.

Kelly Myers topped the HNHS efforts with an 82, placing runner-up individually to Marion's Meredith Holt, who was medalist with a 76.

Liz Conley posted an 88 -- good for fourth place individually -- Maddie Meese shot a 93 and Morgan O'Banion had a 104 to complete the HNHS scoring and help the Lady Vikings make up the advantage Hall had on Myers.

For Marion, Megan Young shot a 92, Morgan Elliott carded a 93 and Sarah Bournique shot a 106 to complete the scoring.

Southwood needed a tiebreaker to claim third place over Wabash and become the final team advancing to regional next Saturday at New Castle. Both teams finished with scores of 395, and Southwood got the position when its fifth golfer shot a 119, three strokes better than her Wabash counterpart.

Erin Ogden and Lauren Flores, both of Mississinewa, Katie Smith of Wabash, Laura Carey of Madison-Grant and Carly Foy of Blackford are the individuals advancing to regional without their teams. The top three individuals and any ties whose teams did not advance on in the series qualified for regional.