Boys Varsity Golf · Young Bears gain valuable experience at Regional

Monroe Central was one of 18 teams in the Muncie Central Regional, but there is little doubt the Bears were the youngest team competing.

With one senior and four freshman, the Bears finished 16th out of 18 teams but gained valuable experience for the future.

Indianapolis Cathedral won the team title with a 309, edging Hamilton Southeastern with a 312. Also advancing and placing 3rd was Noblesville with a 314.

Rounding out the field were 4th place Muncie Central 318, 5th New Castle 320, 6th Belmont 322, 7th Heritage Christian 329, 8th Bishop Chatard 329,  9th Hagerstown 334,  10th Fishers 335,  11th New Palestine 336, 12th Mt. Vernon 340,  13th Union County 341, 14th Yorktown 342, 15th Marion 355,  16th Monroe Central 359, 17th Centerville 366, and 18th Mississinewa 386.

Cathedral’s Austin Vukovits took top individual honors with a 72. Rounding out the top 5 were Drew Pickering of Heritage Christian, Daivic Akala of Hamilton Southeastern, Brody McCoy of Muncie Central, and Brady Wheeler of New Castle .

Yorktown’s Bryce Hardwick aced the 7th hole at The Players Club during the day.

Coach Shane Haney followed the kids around during the day offering encouragement and praise on a day where the heat level rose as the round progressed.

Senior Ross Shafer, who was an individual regional qualifier a year ago, played his last round as a Golden Bear. He turned in an 89 for the day including a 41 on the front 9. Shafer will be attending Hanover in the fall where he hopes to continue his golf career.

Freshman Ryder Jones had a team best 87 on the day with a 42 on the back nine. Shawn Roderick turned in an 88 with a 41 on the front. Khaner Phillips had a 95 on the day and Landon Taylor turned in a 114.

Congratulations to the Bears on County and MEC titles as well as advancing from the Sectional. Great things lie ahead for Coach Haney and the golf program.