Linton used a strong back nine in the cold and rain on Monday to win the high school boys golf sectional hosted by the Miners at Phil Harris Course.
The Miners trailed Owen Valley and Terre Haute North at the turn but shot 142 on the back to win with 293, edging North with 297 and Owen Valley with 299.
All three teams will advance to the Washington Regional to be played Thursday at Country Oaks, along with individual qualifiers Nathan Pirtle of Sullivan, Dylan Nesty of Northview and Ryan Cahill of Terre Haute South.
South carded 315 to finish fourth followed by Sullivan with 317 and Northview with 324 to round out the top six.
North senior Grant Lewellyn was medalist with a 3-under-par 68. Ben Boyd of Linton was second with 69, while Pirtle, Clayton French of Linton and Alan Jackson of Owen Valley were next with 70s.
French and Boyd each shot 33 on the back for the Miners and French birdied the last three holes in the last group on the course to help provide the margin of victory for the Miners.
It is Linton’s third golf sectional championship, the others coming in 1989 and 2006. Coach Derek Bradbury was a player on the ‘89 team and he now has titles as player and coach.
Boyd and French led the winners with their 69 and 70 while Luke Jerrells shot 76 and Koye Kaiser 78 for the Linton scoring.
“I am pleased for the team and the way they came back and played on the back with Clayton having birdies on the last three holes. It was tough. We’ve had a good year … and will try to continue it in the regional,” said the coach.
North coach Abe Nasser Jr. was pleased for his players.
“It was cumbersome weather. I’m proud of these boys the way they put their head down and gave Linton a run. Three of them had birdies on 18 to give us a shot,” he said.
“I could not be happier … and I am really pleased with what Grant did to come back and play the way he has,” he added.
Lewellyn led North with his 68 with Adam LaGrange shooting 71, Ryan Baker 78 and Evan Perdiew 80 for team scoring.
Owen Valley coach Mike Beyers thought his team would have a chance to get out of the sectional if the Patriots shot 308 and they did better than that. He said the team was 22-8 but its only other 18-hole match had been the Western Indiana Conference match; OV finished third in that one.
Alan Jackson led the Patriots with 70. Matt Patterson shot 74, Cole Parker 75 and Alex Johnson 80 for the OV total.
“That was my best score of the year. I had four birdies. The greens were soft and I tried to take advantage of that,” said Jackson, a junior.
Lewellyn said his 68 was his best score of the year in a match. He went 35-33 with four birdies and an eagle on No. 12.
“I just put in a lot of time on the range after practice,” he said in working his way out of a little slump during the season. He will attend Indiana State University.
Boyd also had an eagle and four birdies in his round of 69, going 36-33. He had missed some matches due to a bruised thumb. “I did it playing basketball. I was out 20 days and had to have five practices before getting back in the lineup,” he said.
He hopes to play golf at Vincennes University.
Pirtle went 35-35 in carding his 70 to lead the individual qualifiers. Nesty was 39-36 for a 75.
A playoff was needed to determine the third individual qualifier as Cahill and Sam Mimms of Terre Haute South and Brennan Crooks of North Central all shot 76, with Mimms getting birdies on the last three holes to do it.
Cahill won the playoff on the second hole to earn his spot in the regional field.
Team scores — Linton 293, Terre Haute North 297, Owen Valley 299, Terre Haute South 315, Sullivan 317, Northview 324, West Vigo 357, North Central 358, Clay City 360, Bloomfield 367, Union 441, White River Valley and Shakamak incomplete.
Linton (293) — Clayton French 70, Cole Bradbury 83, Koye Kaiser 78, Luke Jerrells 76, Ben Boyd 69.
Terre Haute North (297) — Sam Pollock 87, Adam LaGrange 71, Grant Lewellyn 68, Ryan Baker 78, Evan Perdiew 80.
Owen Valley (299) — Matt Patterson 74. Cole Parker 75, Alan Jackson 70, Corbin Worland 88, Alex Johnson 80.
Terre Haute South (315) — Luke Peoples 84, Drew Cahill 79, Ryan Cahill 76, Jon Payne 89, Sam Mimms 76.
Sullivan (317) — Nathan Pirtle 70, Derek Andre 79, Tyler Monroe 88, Reed Jackson 81, Luke Willis 87.
Northview (324) — Larry Knight 85, Keegan Roembke 78, Seth Payton 86, Dylan Nesty 75, Konner Cheek.
West Vigo (357) — Tyler Wilson 107, Lucas Sweatt 91, Jeff Anderson 97, Nick Leek 90, Brandon Long 79.
North Central (358) — Brennan Crooks 76, Chaz Childs 89, Bobby Strucker 99, Cullen Johnson 103, Collin Taylor 94.
Clay City (360) — Darius Farmer 83, Koby Rhodes 96, Rhett Bigger 89, Jordan Toolose 92, Nathan Buell 103.
Bloomfield (367) — Ross Tally 90, Evan Wright 90, Alex Bartlow 89, Bradley Seymour 129, Cole Knight 98.
Union (441) — Zac Birdsong 99, Mike Foglesong 103, Blake Camden 110, Luke Manuel 129, Chris Simmerman 147.
Shakamak — Eamon Eccles 92.
White River Valley — Preston Reed 111.
68 — Grant Lewellyn (THN) 35-33
69 — Ben Boyd (L) 36-33
70 — Clayton French (L) 37-33, Alan Jackson (OV) 36-34, *Nathan Pirtle (Su) 35-35
71 — Adam LaGrange (THN) 36-35
74 — Matt Patterson (OV) 34-40
75 — *Dylan Nesty (No) 39-36, Cole Parker (OV) 38-37
76 — Luke Jerrells (L) 30-37, *Ryan Cahill (THS) 37-39 (won playoff), Sam Mimms (THS) 41-35, Brennan Crooks (NC) 38-38
78 — Koye Kaiser (L) 39-39, Ryan Baker (THN) 40-38, Keegan Roembke (No) 38-40
79 — Drew Cahill (THS)( 40-39, Derek Andre (Su) 38-41, Brandon Long (WV) 39-40
80 — Evan Perdiew (THN) 38-42
81 — Reed Jackson (Su) 40-41, Alex Johnson (OV) 39-41
83 — Cole Bradbury (L) 43-40
84 — Luke Peoples (THS) 43-41
85 — Larry Knight (No) 40-45
86 — Seth Payton (No) 45-41
87 — Sam Pollock (THN) 47-40, Luke Willis (Su) 41-46
88 — Tyler Monroe (Su) 45-43, Corbin Worland (OV) 42-46
89 — Jon Payne (THS) 43-46, Charles Childs (NC) 45-44, Alex Bartlow (Bl) 44-45
*Individual qualifier for regional