THREE-PEAT: Madison’s golf team won its third-straight sectional championship and 19th in the program’s history by firing a sectional-record 289 at Sunrise Golf Course on Monday. Members of the winning team are (from left): kneeling — Carson Wattenbarger, Jordan Griffith and Dylan Bilz; standing — Connor Kiefer and Carson Cheatham. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
THREE-PEAT: Madison’s golf team won its third-straight sectional championship and 19th in the program’s history by firing a sectional-record 289 at Sunrise Golf Course on Monday. Members of the winning team are (from left): kneeling — Carson Wattenbarger, Jordan Griffith and Dylan Bilz; standing — Connor Kiefer and Carson Cheatham. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
Madison's golf team put together the most dominating performance in sectional history, rolling to its third-straight title and 19th overall Monday at Sunrise Golf Course.

How dominating were the Cubs? They fired a 289 to break their own sectional record by three strokes. Runner-up Jennings County was 19 strokes back, but the Panthers' 308 score was better than 10 previous sectional champions.

How dominating were the Cubs? Junior Dylan Bilz finished seventh overall with a 5-over-75, a score that would have won or tied three previous sectionals but ended up not even counting toward Madison's score on Monday because there were four Madison players who shot lower.

How dominating were the Cubs? All five players shot 75 or lower. No other team had more than one player break that mark and only Jennings had three players break 80.

No matter how you break it down, Madison had a field day on its home course.

"I was a little worried that we had peaked too early last week," Madison coach Al Wilcox said. "But we appear to be peaking at the right time."

Madison, which was ranked 17th in the final coaches poll, was the heavy favorite coming in but the Cubs took it to another level.

And Madison could have played better. Carson Wattenbarger hit his first shot out of bounds on No. 1 and still rallied to finish second overall with a 73 after beating Rising Sun's Bryce Murray in a one-hole playoff. Senior Jordan Griffith took a bogey on No. 3 and hit his approach shot on No. 18 into the woods and behind a tree and still ended up as the low-medalist with a 68.

Up and down the lineup Madison players could count the strokes they missed. A scary thought considering that each one was within two strokes of par.

"They know there are shots that they missed and it's been bothering some of them," Wilcox said. "But when you almost shoot par as a team, that's hard to argue with."

Griffith missed his own sectional record by two strokes but his 68 was still five shots better than the runners-up. The victory gave Griffith three sectional titles in three years and only former Cub Christian Poling with four has more.

Still, Griffith couldn't help but feel that he could have played better.

"I didn't start out too well. I got a birdie on the first hole but then I made bogey on the second hole and then on the third hole, I thought I hit two out of bounds," Griffith said. "Luckily I found the first one and made bogey there. I kind of started off the day not too well, but toward the end I made three birdies in a row and made a good par on 18."

Wattenbarger's day couldn't have started off worse when he hooked his first shot. But he battled back to birdie two of the next three holes and stood tied with Griffith at the turn with a one-under-35.

"It was up and down. I made a lot of birdies to make up for some bad shots," Wattenbarger said. "When I made mistakes I usually recovered. I hit it out of bounds on 16 and came back with a birdie on 17.

"I hit a lot of good shots and just a handful of bad shots. That's why it wasn't a 68."

Connor Kiefer and Carson Cheatham were each just one stroke back of Wattenbarger with a pair of 74s to round out Madison's scoring. And Bilz finished with a non-scoring 75.

It was an impressive all-around performance, just the kind the Cubs were hoping to have to kick off the state tournament.

"I think everybody played pretty well. When we throw out a 75, that's playing pretty well," Griffith said. "I know Carson (Wattenbarger) feels he could have played a little better, but we still played well as a team."

Southwestern finished sixth as a team with a 339. Brynen Chitwood missed out on an individual regional berth by one stroke when he shot an 82. Ashton Hill had an 83, Michael Perry and Zach Kelly each carded 87s and Michael Arberg had a non-scoring 110.

Switzerland County was seventh overall with a 366. Dustin Tice led the Pacers with an 86, Bralen Harsin had a 90, Nick Braun a 94, Kyle Konkle a 96 and Hunter Hayes a 100.

Shawe did not field enough players for a complete team. Collin Hambrick led the Hilltoppers with a 107, Joel Carrillo had a 108 and Daniel Carrillo had a 130.

Rising Sun finished third as a team with a school-record 117 and will make its first trip to the regional tournament since 2001 and just second overall. Scottsburg was fourth with a 329 and Henryville was fifth with a 338. Rock Creek (421), Austin (422), New Washington (439) and Charlestown (455) rounded out the team scores.

Scottsburg's Luke Taylor shot a 79 and teammate Christian Burch had an 81 to earn regional berths as individuals. Henryville's Luke Davidson shot a 79 to earn the other spot in the regional.

Madison now heads to Champions Pointe Golf Course in Henryville for the regional, a tournament the Cubs have never won. But Madison doesn't need to win to earn a trip to the state finals; the top three advance.

But surviving arguably the toughest regional in the state has been Madison's focus all season. Griffith has made the state finals each of the last three years and Wattenbarger joined him a year ago. Both players desperately want their teammates to make the trip this year.

"It is a tough regional and it's a challenge but I think we can do it," Griffith said. "I know for sure that we have three guys that can put up in the 70s and if we can just get that fourth guy to come in there and do a 77 or 78, I think we have a good chance of getting out."

"The last few weeks we've been dialed in, getting ready for this regional," Wattenbarger said. "We just need to get one more score and today a couple of guys showed they can go pretty low. We'll see how it goes."

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2014 IHSAA GOLF SECTIONAL

Sunrise Golf Course

Madison, Ind.

Monday, June 9

TEAM RESULTS

(Top 3 advance)

1. Madison, 289; 2. Jennings Co., 308; 3. Rising Sun, 317; 4. Scottsburg, 329; 5. Henryville, 338; 6. Southwestern, 339; 7. Switzerland Co., 366; 8. Rock Creek, 421; 9. Austin, 422; 10. New Washington, 439; 11. Charlestown, 455; Shawe, Inc.; South Ripley, Inc.

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

1. Jordan Griffith, Madison 35-38 - 68 -4

2. Carson Wattenbarger, Madison* 35-38 - 73 +1

2. Bryce Murray, Rising Sun 38-35 - 73 +1

4. Carson Cheatham, Madison 40-34 - 74 +2

4. Connor Kiefer, Madison 38-36 - 74 +2

4. Jake Simmons, Jennings Co. 38-36 - 74 +2

7. Dylan Bilz, Madison 36-39 - 75 +3

8. Garrett Day, Jennings Co. 39-37 - 76 +4

9. Ian Dornell, Jennings Co. 40-38 - 78 +6

9. Jordan King, Rising Sun 36-42 - 78 +6

11. Luke Davidson, Henryville** 36-43 - 79 +7

11. Luke Taylor, Scottsburg** 39-40 - 79 +7

13. Tyler Clerkin, Jennings Co. 38-42 - 80 +8

13. Brady Murray, Rising Sun 38-42 - 80 +8

13. Bailey Wilder, Jennings Co. 39-41 - 80 +8

16. Christian Burch, Scottsburg** 41-40 - 81 +9

17. Brynen Chitwood, Southwestern 41-41 - 82 +10

18. Mason Edwards, Henryville 44-39 - 83 +11

18. Ashton Hill, Southwestern 42-41 - 83 +11

20. Kameron Hollan, Scottsburg 38-46 - 84 +12

21. Charlie Lefebvre, Henryville 40-45 - 85 +13

21. Charlie Robinson, Scottsburg 47-38 - 85 +13

23. Austin Armstrong, Rising Sun 45-41 - 86 +14

23. Dustin Tice, Switzerland Co. 46-40 - 86 +14

23. Aron Walker, Rising Sun 41-45 - 86 +14

26. Zach Kelly, Southwestern 44-43 - 87 +15

26. Michael Perry, Southwestern 43-44 - 87 +15

26. Braxton Soloe, Scottsburg 43-44 - 87 +15

29. Case Carter, Austin 45-44 - 89 +17

30. Bralen Harsin, Switzerland Co. 41-49 - 90 +18

31. Bailey Reister, Henryville 44-47 - 91 +19

31. Max Vogen, Rock Creek 42-49 - 91 +19

33. Joey Waldron, South Ripley 45-48 - 93 +21

34. Nick Braun, Switzerland Co. 51-43 - 94 +22

34. Jeremiah Wilkinson, Rock Creek 49-45 - 94 +22

36. Kyle Konkle, Switzerland Co. 51-45 - 96 +24

37. Hunter Hayes, Switzerland Co. 44-56 - 100 +28

38. Gabe Beck, Austin 58-47 - 105 +33

39. Brady Christman, Charlestown 51-55 - 106 +34

39. Allen Crews, New Washington 52-54 - 106 +34

40. Collin Hambrick, Shawe 56-51 - 107 +35

41. Joel Carrillo, Shawe 50-58 - 108 +36

42. Ben Hill, Rock Creek 56-53 - 109 +37

42. Collin Schindler, New Washington 51-58 - 109 +37

44. Michael Arberg, Southwestern 52-58 - 110 +38

44. Chris Ison, Charlestown 58-52 - 110 +38

44. Ethan Love, Austin 55-55 - 110 +38

44. Matt Wilson, New Washington 62-48 - 110 +38

48. Mike Curry, New Washington 55-58 - 114 +42

48. Isaac Mullins, Austin 56-62 - 118 +46

50. John Watson, Charlestown 59-59 - 118 +46

51. Brevin Stubbins, Charlestown 66-55 - 121 +49

52. Luke Thompson, Rock Creek 56-66 - 127 +55

53. John Barber, New Washington 66-63 - 129 +57

54. Daniel Carrillo, Shawe 67-63 - 130 +60

*-finished second in one-hole playoff

**-qualified for regional as individual

Past Madison Sectional Champions

Year - School - Score - Individual, School - Score

1985 - Columbus North - 298 - Rob Robinson, South Dearborn - 72

1986 - Columbus North - 311 - Mike Fleck, Batesville - 75

1987 - Columbus North - 296 - Shaun Arterburn, Columbus North - 70

1988 - Madison - 306 - Kelly Dougan, Madison - 72

1989 - Madison - 338 - Mike Kemper, Madison - 74

1990 - Madison - 306 - Mike Kemper, Madison - 73

1991 - Madison - 309 - Mike Kemper, Madison - 71

1992 - Madison - 330 - Toby Hoffman, Madison - 77

1993 - Jennings Co. - 320 - Derek Robinette, Jennings Co. - 73

1994 - Jennings Co. - 317 - Mike Euler, Jennings Co. - 75

1995 - Madison - 317 - Blair Shadday, Madison - 70

1996 - Madison - 299 - Brent Liter, Madison - 71

1997 - Jennings Co. - 315 - Doug Meyer, South Ripley - 74

1998 - Madison - 301 - Blair Shadday, Madison - 72

1999 - Madison - 297 - Brent Liter, Madison - 71

2000 - Madison - 316 - Jeff Spencer, East Central - 73

2001 - Jennings Co. - 309 - Shawn Marshall, Jennings Co. - 74

2002 - Jennings Co. - 301 - Drew Johnsson, Jennings Co. - 73

2003 - Jennings Co. - 306 - Christian Poling, Madison - 73

2004 - Madison - 316 - Christian Poling, Madison - 74

2005 - Jennings Co. - 303 - Christian Poling, Madison - 69

2006 - Madison - 309 - Christian Poling, Madison - 72

2007 - Jennings Co. - 297 - Nick Hall, Shawe - 70

2008 - Madison - 299 - John Hayden, Jennings Co. - 71

2009 - Jennings Co. - 301 - Jonathon Webster, Jennings Co. - 71

2010 - Shawe - 301 - Brandon Tereshko, Madison - 71

2011 - Jennings Co. - 301 - Eric Grote, Shawe - 69

2012 - Madison - 292 - Jordan Griffith, Madison - *66

2013 - Madison - 293 - Jordan Griffith, Madison - 67

2014 - Madison - *289 - Jordan Griffith, Madison - 68

* Sectional Records