News From Terre Haute, Indiana

June 12, 2012

Pirtle, French lead state golf tourney field

Tom Reck
Tribune-Star Correspondent

TERRE HAUTE — Play begins in the Indiana High School Athletic Association boys golf state finals today at The Legends Golf Club at Franklin.

Twenty-one teams and individual qualifiers from seven regionals are in the field. The top nine teams and nine individuals not on those teams will qualify for the final round slated for Wednesday. Any teams within 12 shots of the first-round leaders and individuals within four shots of the leader also will advance to the second day.

Two of the individuals in the finals are Sullivan freshman Nate Pirtle and Linton junior Clayton French. They qualified from the tough Washington Regional field at Country Oaks.

Pirtle was an individual qualifier from the Linton Sectional and shot 74 to tie for sixth place. He was second low among the individual qualifiers.

French shot 72 to tie for second-low medalist with Alex Turner of Evansville Harrison, the team champion. French was 37-35 with four birdies and helped Linton take sixth in the team totals.

Pirtle’s best round in an 18-hole match this season was 70 in the sectional. French had the same score in the sectional for his season-best mark. Pirtle will be in the first group to tee off today, starting at 7:30 a.m., while French will be in the third group starting at 7:48 a.m.

Jasper junior Will Seger was medalist in the regional with 68. He tied for 10th in the 2011 state individual totals while Turner tied for 24th. Jasper and Harrison both are making repeat trips to the state. Harrison finished eighth in the final totals.

Warsaw’s Tyler Ostrum, then a junior, was medalist in the 2011 tournament, setting an 18-hole record of 63 and finishing with 137.

Adam Wood of Zionsville, playing as a freshman, was second with 139.

Both players are back in the finals again this year with their teams and both are in the same group for today’s round.