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TC's Gearlds, Morristown's Caldwell qualify for Muncie Central Golf Regional

Morristown’s Asher Caldwell won a playoff to join Triton Central’s Oliver Gearlds in Thursday’s Muncie Central Golf Regional.


A trio of Hoosier Heritage Conference schools advanced out of Monday’s Greenfield-Central Golf Sectional played at Hawk’s Tail Golf Course in Greenfield.


Mt. Vernon won the sectional title with a team score of 316. New Castle was runner-up at 319 and New Palestine advanced with 330.


Shenandoah (350) and Greenfield-Central (352) rounded out the top five with all four Shelby County boys golf programs following.


Shelbyville finished sixth (361) ahead of Triton Central (366), Morristown (388) and Southwestern (408). Eastern Hancock (415), Blue River Valley (461) and Knightstown (incomplete) rounded out the sectional field.


New Castle’s Derek Tabor was the individual sectional champion with a 3-under-par 69. He finished one shot ahead of Mt. Vernon’s Sam McWilliams (70).


The top three individual finishers not affiliated with an advancing team also qualified for regional competition.


Shenandoah’s Jordan Zody and Gearlds each shot 78.


Caldwell and Triton Central’s Evan Uhls both finished at 81 – and only one could advance. Caldwell won the playoff to earn the third advancing position.


Ethan Apsley led Shelbyville with an 85. Matthew Bunton (87), Nolen Chaney (92), Elijah Baker (97) and Samuel Bunton (101) completed the Golden Bears’ scorecard.


For Triton Central, Griffin Sego finished at 97, Caleb Anderson shot 110 and Maxwell Ray posted 126.


Following Caldwell on Morristown’s scorecard were Sawyer Jones (97), Jordan Battles (104), Nick Stidham (106) and Collin Essex (112).


Tristan Pappano was the only Southwestern golfer to break triple digits. He finished at 99 with Ty Burchum (101), Justin Swift (101) and Caleb Pappano (107) closely behind.


Gearlds and Caldwell will join the regional field for an 8 a.m. start time Thursday at The Players Club in Muncie.