The final hole of Brady Marshall’s high school career couldn’t have gone much better.
Facing a difficult 18th hole with the potential to swallow any golfer whole, the Seymour senior calmly sailed his approach over a large pond to within about 10 feet of the pin. He then sank his birdie putt with his entourage looking on to finish off a round of 78 in the Providence Regional at Champions Pointe Golf Club on Thursday.
“Eighteen was pretty special,” Marshall said. “To finish on a birdie on probably one of the hardest holes in southern Indiana.”
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Champions Pointe wasn’t quite as kind to the area’s other individual qualifier, Seth Berry of Brownstown Central, who finished his round with a score of 92.
Center Grove, ranked No. 1 in the state, won the team title with a total of 292, while Bloomington South (295) and Bedford North Lawrence (298) also punched their tickets to the state finals next week at Prairie View in Carmel.
Perry Meridian’s Nick Osterburg had the low round of the day with a 2-under-par 70.
Marshall narrowly missed advancing to state as an individual, falling four strokes shy of the fifth and final qualifying spot.
For that, he blames his only real hiccup, a triple bogey on the 13th hole.
“I might have gotten ahead of myself a little bit,” he conceded, “and one of the holes out there punished me.”
Overall, though, Marshall was pleased with his final performance as an Owl — as was his coach, Jim Hoffman.
“It’s a fabulous way to end a career,” Hoffman said of Marshall’s round, “and he’s been a great role model for our whole program.”