Spray cards 84 as Owls finish fifth in conference tournament; Seymour in sectional action on Saturday


EDINBURGH – The final stages of the 2023 high school girls golf season is winding down, as conference tournaments pass and we move into sectional competition on Saturday.

Seymour competed in the Hoosier Hills Conference tournament on Monday at Timbergate Golf Course in Edinburgh.

The team finished in fifth place in the 18-hole competition, combining for a team score of 384. Floyd Central took the top spot in the meet with a score of 300.

The Highlanders were led by Paige Giovenco, who scored a 67, and Trinity Banter, who ended her round with a 75.

Four Seymour golfers had their personal-best rounds in the competition.

“I was very happy with the girls’ performance on Monday,” Seymour head coach Jim Hoffman said. “We had four personal-best scores, still have many things to work on and clean up as we head into the postseason. There was a lot of positives from our round, as well.”

Shana Spray had the low score for the Owls with an 84. Katie Cottrill finished with a 91, while Caroline Dennis scored a 104, and Emmy Followell ended with a 105. Emily Windley rounded out the scores for Seymour with a 115.

“I really think we could score lower and get into the 360s,” Hoffman said. “I’m happy going into the sectional meet. I’m still pleased with the team that we are always getting better, like we have all season.”

Seymour unfortunately did not have any representation on the all-conference team. The Hoosier Hills Conference team was as follows: Paige Giovenco, Trinity Banter and Chloe Cook of Floyd Central, Kaidyn Wardlaw of New Albany and Carter Gant of Columbus East.

Chloe McFadden, Kinleigh Root and Kenley Craig represented Bedford North Lawrence on the honorable mention team along with Rachel Shaffer and Abby Wright of Floyd Central.

The Owls will now prepare for their sectional meeting, which takes place on Saturday at 8:30 a.m. at Otis Park Golf Course in Bedford.

The top three teams will advance to regional on Sept. 23. The top three players who are not associated with the advancing teams will also move on.

Regional competition will take place at Country Oaks Golf Club in Washington at 8:30 a.m. If Seymour makes it all the way to the state competition, the Owls would compete at Prairie View Golf Club in Carmel on Sept. 29 and 30.

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