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Union County’s Cameron Woods connects on a drive at The Players Club in Yorktown on Thursday. Competing with his Patriot teammates at the IHSAA regional golf meet, Woods finished with a score of 81.
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Union County senior Tyler Osborne hits a chip shot onto the green at Thursday’s regional meet in Yorktown. Osborne finished with an 84, helping the Patriots earn an eighth-place finish among the 18 teams at the meet.
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Connersville sophomore Jonah Graham leans into afairway shot on the second hole atthe IHSAA regional boys golf meet,held at The Players Club on Thursday. Representing the Spartans as an individual at the event, Graham finished his 18-hole effort with an 89.
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Union County’s Luke Yamashiro follows a shot at the 2019 regional golf meet, Thursday at The Players Club. Yamashiro closed his day with a score of 87.

By GRADY TATE - gtate@newsexaminer.com

YORKTOWN — Cody Peters is no stranger to heartbreak.

One year ago, the Union County High School golfer finished two strokes short of qualifying for the state championship meet.

On Thursday, Peters and his Patriot teammates were once more vying for those spots at the Indiana High School Athletic Association regional meet, hosted by The Players Club in Yorktown.

Unfortunately for the UC junior, his renewed effort fell short again. His score of 79 was four shots out of the Top Five.

This year, Peters was not alone in his disappointment, however, as teammate Cameron Woods also wound up close with an 81, six shots out of the pack.

“I had two boys that were right there in their first nine holes, they were doing fine,” Union County coach Tony Gulley said. “Both of them had a chance, though it just didn’t happen.”

Starting on the 10th hole, Peters and Woods were in good shape, with scores of 38 and 39, respectively, by the time they made the turn for the back nine.

During the final nine holes, however, Peters finished carded a 41 and Woods wound up at 42, pushing them out of contention.

Connersville had one golfer at the meet, as Jonah Graham made his first trip to the regional round.

Finishing with an 89, the CHS sophomore is hoping that things go better the next time he plays in the regional.

“I didn’t get off to a good start,” he said. “I thought I had a really good drive on the first hole, but then my driving went south. I just couldn’t get on a roll, like I did at the sectional on Monday. My swing was just kind of all over the place today.

“I didn’t feel comfortable standing over the ball. It wasn’t really nerves, it was just my swing.”

Graham’s coach also noted that there was something off with his No. 1 golfer.

“Things unravelled a little bit for him today,” Jeff Martin said. “There are two things about his game that I have always marvelled at, and that’s his approach shots and chipping. He struggled with both of those today.”

While a state berth wasn’t in the cards, Graham did admit that there was at least one positive on the day.

“My putting wasn’t terrible, it was probably the best part of my game,” he admitted.

In the team standings, Noblesville proved supreme, the Millers winning the meet with a score of 300. That total was just enough to edge out runner-up Yorktown, who finished one stroke behind at 301.

Hamilton Southeastern wound up as the final team qualifying to advance to the state meet, the Royals scoring a 309. Just behind them was New Castle at 310.

Cathedral (312), Tipton (312), Heritage Christian (320), Union County (331), Muncie Central (337) and New Palestine (338) rounded out the top 10.

In spite of the close calls that didn’t wind up well for his two charges, Gulley said he was pleased with the overall effort from them.

“We shot a 330, so that made things a little bit better,” he said. “The kids know that they could have done better, but I was pleased a lot more with what we did today, compared to the sectional.

“Even though they had their troubles, they started finding their approaches to the green. I felt like they were much more relaxed today. When you come here, the competition is so strong, there isn’t as much to play for. You just go out, do your best, and see how it plays out.”

Tyler Osborne (84), Luke Yamashiro (87) and Nick Orr (109) also posted scores for the Patriots.

For Osborne, the meet was his last, as he graduated this year.

“Tyler did a great job for me all four years,” Gulley said. “He was part of two conference championships. We won it in his freshman and senior years, so that worked out really well.

“I am really proud of Tyler and the entire team this year. This was the first time we’ve ever finished 12-0, we won the conference, and we wound up runner-up at the sectional.

“It’s been a great year for all of these kids.”

Now, the focus turns to next year, and working toward spring 2020 tee-offs will begin soon.

“I know Jonah, and I can tell you, he will be out all summer long working on his game,” Martin said. “He’s a Tiger. He’s going to go out there and challenge himself to get better, and because of that, he will be.”

Indeed.

“I am ready to get to work so that I can be back here again next year,” Graham said. “I will be back.”

Ditto for the Patriots.

“I know that the kids are going to start working at it right away, so that they can be more prepared for this,” Gulley said. “The great thing about these kids is that golf is the only sport that they play. They don’t have to worry about other sports getting in the way.”

 

2019 IHSAA REGIONAL BOYS GOLF

(at The Players Club, Yorktown)

Team Results

1. Noblesville 300; 2. Yorktown 301; 3. Hamilton Southeastern 309; 4. New Castle 310; 5. Indianapolis Cathedral 312; 6. Tipton 312; 7. Heritage Christian 320; 8. UNION COUNTY 331; 9. Muncie Central 337; 10. New Palestine 338; 11. Bishop Chatard 344; 12. Greenfield-Central 349; 13. Norwell 355; 14. Eastbrook 356; 15. Bellmont 358; 16. Centerville 359; 17. Wapahani 361; 18. Richmond 364.

Individual Results

Connersville — Jonah Graham 44-45 (89).

Union County (331) — Cody Peters 38-41 (79), Tyler Osborne 43-41 (84), Cameron Woods 39-42 (81), Luke Yamashiro 42-45 (87), Nick Orr 56-53 (109).