GREENSBURG — The Columbus North girls golfers ran away with the Greensburg Sectional on Saturday, but it took a tiebreaker to decide who would take the second and third-place spots.
The third-ranked Bull Dogs took first place with 313 at Greensburg Country Club. Both Greensburg and Columbus East finished with 356, and the host Pirates took second because of a better fifth score.
All three teams will be moving on to Saturday’s Lapel Regional at Edgewood Golf Club in Anderson.
“It feels good moving on,” East golfer Lily Shelp said. “I wish we could have gotten second. I know everyone has a shot or two they could have thrown out here and there, but at least we’re moving on.”
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North freshman Nathaly Munnicha walked away with medalist honors in her first high school sectional. Munnicha had a rough front nine, going 5-over-par, before shooting even on the back nine for a 75.
Munnicha came into the season not expecting to golf as good as she has been.
“The summer was kind of iffy,” Munnicha said. “Now, I’m getting there to where I want my game to be.”
Julia Luken carded a 78, and Danbi Kim added a 79 for the Bull Dogs. Molly Donnell shot 81, and Annie Anderson had an 84.
North played without its usual No. 4 golfer, Alex Munnicha, who has a hand injury. Bull Dogs coach Scott Seavers said she should be ready to play in the regional.
“I think we played OK,” Seavers said. “We probably didn’t play our best. Our goal was to come here and advance, so that’s what we did.”
Shelp was the top golfer for the Olympians with an 81. Autumn Fateley added an 85, while both Morgan Harrison and Lauren Steinwedel shot 95 and Kati Brunn had a 109.
“We had some girls shoot some good 18 holes, so we’re pleased with the results,” East assistant coach Brian Singer said. “We’re going to give them a little bit of a break on Monday. Going to let them relax and get some homework done so they can refocus and have a good four days of practice next week so we’re ready to go (for regional).”
South Decatur shot 472 for a ninth-place finish. Shelby Vannatta led the Cougars with a 102, while Annie Gant shot a 108 and Emmy Grissom carded a 127 and Kylie Owens finished with a 135.
Cougars coach Nick Stewart did not feel like his golfers had their best performance.
“I believe we left a lot out there,” Stewart said. “We could have played better as a team, but ultimately we played very well this season. Today doesn’t reflect how our season went and I believe that we will do better in the future.”