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Union County’s Luke Yamashiro focuses on a shot at the IHSAA boys regional golf meet, Saturday in Yorktown. Yamashiro finished with a score of 84, second best on the team behind Cody Peters’ 80. Union County finished 13th in the team standings, shooting a 341.
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Connersville senior Dalton Lee ponders his next move at the 2018 IHSAA regional golf meet at The Players Club on Saturday. For a second straight year, Lee was an individual qualifier for the regional meet. In 2017, he finished with a score of 103. On Saturday, the IU East golf recruit finished with a final tally of 89.
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Union County’s No. 3 golfer Cameron Woods hits a tee shot at the 2018 IHSAA boys golf regional at The Players Club golf course inYorktown on Saturday. Woods finished with a score of 87 on the day. The Patriots turned in a team result of 341.

By GRADY TATE - gtate@newsexaminer.com

YORKTOWN — Tony Gulley and the Union County High School boys golf team arrived at the 2018 IHSAA regional golf meet with an attitude of going out and having some fun.

Though it was the first time in 21 years of coaching the boys that Gulley was able to take his entire team, he knew what to expect, once they exited the bus.

“We know the level of competition that will be waiting for us (at the regional), so we’re just going to go there and make the most of it,” the UC mentor said, after qualifying at the sectional meet in Richmond on Monday.

“We’re going to go to the regional and enjoy ourselves.”

They definitely did that.

While their 13th-place finish might not dazzle many, the Patriots’ team score of 341 is definitely something of note. In fact, that score was six strokes better than the one that got them there.

“I really can’t complain about shooting a 341,” coach Gulley said, following Thursday’s round. “I liked that, whatever difficulty they ran into, they just kept going, giving it everything that they had.

“I was just so proud and happy for all of them.”

Cody Peters led Union County, shooting an 80 through the 18-hole course, followed by Luke Yamashiro with an 84.

“Cody played better than he has, doing a very good job of keeping the ball straight. I also thought that he did a tremendous job chipping the ball,” Gulley said of his No. 1 golfer. “Luke finished his round with two double-bogeys, or his score would have been better. Even with that double-double, he finished with a 40 on his final nine holes, which was great.”

Cameron Woods was next with an 87, and he was trailed by Tyler Osborne, who carded a score of 90.

“I thought Cameron had a little trouble getting things going, which kept him from having one of those great rounds that he’s had most of the year,” Gulley said of the UC freshman. “Tyler shot double bogey on his first two holes and sometimes, when you don’t get going early, it can follow you throughout the day.”

Zeb Hall rounded out the UC scoring with a 107.

“We’re looking to get a little more consistency from Zeb,” Gulley said. “I believe that with some work over the summer, he’ll have the opportunity to get his scores right up there with the rest of the team. I know that is what he wants.”

In the team standings, Indianapolis Cathedral won the meet with a 303 score. Joining the Fighting Irish at the state finals will be Hamilton Southeastern and Noblesville, the former finishing second with a 312 score, and the latter finishing third at 314.

Muncie Central was fourth (316), and the Bearcats were followed by New Castle (320), Belmont (322), Heritage Christian (329), Indianapolis Bishop Chatard (329), Hagerstown (334) and Fishers (335) in the top 10.

New Palestine (336), Mt. Vernon (Fortville) (340), Union County, Yorktown (342), Marion (355), Monroe Central (359), Centerville (366) and Mississinewa (386) closed out the team standings.

Connersville was represented at the meet by No. 1 golfer Dalton Lee, who was in attendance at the regional as an individual for a second consecutive year.

Last year, as a junior, Lee finished with a 103 score at the regional.

This year, however, the CHS senior was much more focused, earning a round of 89.

“He’s had a year’s more experience, and I can’t stress enough how important that is,” Connersville head coach J.J. Huber said. “He also had the experience of playing the course before, and the knowledge that this was his last hurrah in high school unless he made it out to the state meet.”

As is the case with nearly every golfer, Lee encountered some tough breaks throughout the day, but Huber said that he endured them and consistently moved forward.

“He did have a couple of bad breaks, but his ability to recover from them, and not allow them to become bad holes was huge,” he said.

Lee’s work on the greens was also worth noting, the CHS coach added.

“He putted very well. If you can average two putts per hole, you’re doing pretty good,” Huber said. “Dalton finished with 14 putts on the front and 17 on the back, so that was tremendous, particularly on greens like the ones they have at this course.”

Lee has signed a college letter-of-intent recently, and will play golf at IU East next season.

For the Patriots, no college letters have been signed, as none of Gulley’s five varsity starters were seniors.

As a result, with everyone back, the UC coach hopes that his charges are even more competitive one year from now.

“The hope is that what they’ve accomplished this year will make them even more hungry next season, and that we’ll be back at the regional again,” he said.

2018 IHSAA BOYS GOLF REGIONAL

(at The Players Club, Yorktown)

Team results

1. Indianapolis Cathedral 309; 2. Hamilton Southeastern 312; 3. Noblesville 314; 4. Muncie Central 318; 5. New Castle 320; 6. Belmont 322; 7. Heritage Christian 329; 8. Indianapolis Bishop Chatard 329; 9. Hagerstown 334; 10. Fishers 335; 11. New Palestine 336; 12. Mt. Vernon (Fortville) 340; 13. Union County 341; 14. Yorktown 342; 15. Marion 355; 16. Monroe Central 359; 17. Centerville 366; 18. Mississinewa 386.

Top 5 Individuals

1. Austin Vukovits, Indianapolis Cathedral 72; 2. Drew Pickering, Heritage Christian 73; 3. Daivic Akala, Hamilton Southeastern 73; 4. Brody McCoy, Muncie Central 74; 5. Brady Wheeler, New Castle 75.

Individual advancing (not a member of an advancing team)

1. Drew Pickering, Heritage Christian 73; 2. Brody McCoy, Muncie Central 74; 3. Brady Wheeler, New Castle 75; 4. Jackson Seagrave, Triton Central 75; 5. Matt Semler, Indianapolis Bishop Chatard 76.

Connersville result

Dalton Lee 41-48 (89).

Union County results

Cody Peters 39-41 (80), Tyler Osborne 41-49 (90), Cameron Woods 41-46 (87), Luke Yamashiro 40-44 (84), Zeb Hall 56-51 (107).