Madison’s golf team finished ninth at the regional tournament at Champions Pointe Golf Course on Thursday ending its season. Conner Kiefer (above) watches his drive on No. 12. Kiefer shot 79, second among Cubs. Jordan Griffith, who missed the state finals by one stroke, putts on No. 15 (below). (Staff photos by David Campbell)
Madison’s golf team finished ninth at the regional tournament at Champions Pointe Golf Course on Thursday ending its season. Conner Kiefer (above) watches his drive on No. 12. Kiefer shot 79, second among Cubs. Jordan Griffith, who missed the state finals by one stroke, putts on No. 15 (below). (Staff photos by David Campbell)
MEMPHIS, Ind. - Madison's stellar 2014 golf season came to an end in arguably the toughest regional in the state at Champions Pointe Golf Course on Tuesday.

The 17th-ranked Cubs shot a 322 and placed ninth against a field that included seven ranked teams. Coincidentally, it was the same score and finish Madison had while competing in the Providence Invitational against virtually the same field on the same course two weeks ago.

"We had hopes that the last two rounds we played at Sunrise would carry us over," said Madison coach Al Wilcox, referring to the Cubs' sectional record 289 shot Monday. "It wasn't meant to be. It was a good season. They have nothing to hang their heads about."

Columbus North, ranked No. 2 in the state, shot a 298 to take regional honors. Seventh-ranked Center Grove was second with a 301 and No. 9 Bloomington North was third with a 303.

No Madison player advanced out of the regional, including senior Jordan Griffith who had played in three-straight state finals and had won the regional twice.

Griffith shot a 74 and could have joined a crowded field at one-over with a par on No. 18. However, a bogey took him out of the running even though he admitted that he wasn't worried about advancing at the time.

"I really wasn't even thinking about making par on 18 because in the past, it's taken a 75 to get out," Griffith said. "I was thinking, don't double, just get a bogey and move on and hopefully go to state. This year since they stacked our regional a little bit and moved some teams down from Indy, we're playing against a lot better competition. I'm not really mad about the score, I just didn't play my best. Sometimes that's just how it goes."

A regional realignment funneled an Indianapolis-area sectional into the Champions Pointe regional and the result was a field that more resembled a state finals than a regional. Eighth-ranked Corydon Central shot a 304 and missed a trip to the state finals by one stroke and No. 15 Floyd Central placed fifth with a 312 to miss state for the first time in eight years.

Indianapolis-area players also took two of the top three individual spots. Christian Fairbanks of Columbus North was the low-medalist with a three-under 69 but Center Grove's Christopher Heck was second with a 71 and Nick Osterberg of Perry Meridian was third with a 72.

"We had higher expectations than this but a 304 didn't get to go by one stroke," Wilcox said. "That would be even more painful."

While the tougher regional field certainly hurt Griffith's chances, the Cubs took themselves out of state finals contention.

Carson Wattenbarger, a state finalist last season, took a triple bogey on No. 3 and never recovered while shooting an 83. Carson Cheatham had an 11 on the same hole and finished with a 92. Dylan Bilz carded a nine on No. 7 and double-bogeyed the last two holes to finish at 86.

The only other Cub to play well was Conner Kiefer, who had a steady 79 to finish second on the team. But every player could point to shots that they missed.

"I started off OK. I made birdie, par, birdie, but after that it kind of went downhill quick," Griffith said. "I made double bogey on six, birdied seven, the on eight a bogey. I go to the back nine and I think that a 38 or 37 would be a nice 72 or 73 but I started off bogey, bogey and I just wasn't swinging off the tee all that confident. I struggled off the tee and that was the main thing."

A total of five players advance to the state finals as individuals not on advancing teams. After Osterburg, five players tied with 73s and embarked on what turned out to be a useless playoff. Osterburg had already withdrawn from the state finals in order to play in the PGA's Western Open next week and all five of the 73s, Corydon's Timothy Wiseman and Mitchell Frederick, Heritage Hills' Preston VanWinkle and Corey Teaford, and Bedford North Lawrence's Trey Turner advanced to state.

Although Madison will not be represented at the state finals for the first time in more than a decade, Wilcox said the team has no reason to be upset. In fact, they should be proud of a season that netted the program its first Hoosier Hills Conference title since 1991 and a new sectional scoring record.

"We had a great year all year long," Wilcox said. "This region is just a bear and this is a tough course. If you make a mistake here it turns into a bigger mistake. It's not like at Sunrise where if you hit it bad, you're in bad shape, but if you hit really bad, you're not in that bad of shape. Here, you hit it really bad, it's ugly, and it gets real ugly fast."

Griffith and Wattenbarger, the squad's two seniors, now head off to college to join programs that are national title contenders. Griffith will play at 2013 junior college national champion Vincennes while Wattenbarger will play at Transylvania, last year's top-ranked team in NCAA Division III.

"I'm pretty happy with my career. I put a lot of pressure on myself this year and I struggled a little," said Griffith, who won three sectional titles, two regionals and three HHC crowns in his time at Madison. "I just really wanted to play well the last couple of times and I didn't really seem to do that. But overall, I'm pretty happy with it."

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IHSAA GOLF REGIONAL

at Champions Pointe Golf Club

Memphis, Ind.

TEAM RESULTS

(Top 3 advance to state finals)

1. Columbus North, 298; 2. Centre Grove, 301; 3. Bloomington South, 303; 4. Corydon Central, 304; 5. Floyd Central, 312; 6. Heritage Hills, 315; 7. Perry Meridian, 316; 8. Columbus East, 318; 9. Madison, 322; 10. Jasper, 323; 11. Bedford North Lawrence, 327; 12. Roncalli, 328*; 13. Providence, 328; 14. South Spencer, 335; 15. Greensburg, 338; 16. Rising Sun, 339; 17. Jennings Co., 349; 18. Brownstown, 351.

*-fifth player's score determined place.

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

1. Christian Fairbanks, Columbus North 36-33 - 69 -3

2. Christopher Heck, Center Grove 35-36 - 71 -1

3. Nick Osterburg, Perry Meridian* 34-38 - 72 E

4. Mitchell Frederick, Corydon* 36-37 - 73 +1

4. Corey Teaford, Heritage Hills* 35-38 - 73 +1

4. Trey Turner, Bedford N. Lawrence* 36-37 - 73 +1

4. Preston Vanwinkle, Heritage Hills* 35-38 - 73 +1

4. Timothy Wiseman, Corydon* 38-35 - 73 +1

9. Ian Bailey, Bloomington North 36-38 - 74 +2

9. Ian Coffey, Columbus North 40-34 - 74 +2

9. Jordan Griffith, Madison 35-39 - 74 +2

9. Sam Karcher, Bloomington South 36-38 - 74 +2

9. Adam Krebs, Columbus East 36-38 - 74 +2

13. Ben Dawson, Bloomington South 37-38 - 75 +3

13. Jack Sparrow, Floyd Central 38-37 - 75 +3

13. Zach Sutton, Columbus East 37-38 - 75 +3

13. Michael VanDeventer, Columbus North 36-39 - 75 +3

13. Joe Weiler, Bloomington South 38-37 - 75 +3

18. Mitchell Allender, Providence 35-41 - 76 +4

18. Austin Crowder, Center Grove 35-41 - 76 +4

18. Conner Welch, Floyd Central 36-40 - 76 +4

21. Zach Carrabine, Center Grove 40-37 - 77 +5

21. Clayton Crum, Floyd Central 38-39 - 77 +5

21. Tyler Gray, Southridge 36-41 - 77 +5

21. Reid Lorey, Jasper 40-37 - 77 +5

21. Hayden Martin, Center Grove 37-40 - 77 +5

21. Bryce Murray, Rising Sun 37-40 - 77 +5

27. Cam Weyer, Jasper 39-39 - 78 +6

28. Nick Burris, Bloomington South 42-37 - 79 +7

28. Ryan Crawford, Corydon 35-44 - 79 +7

28. Tyler Forston, South Spencer 37-42 - 79 +7

28. Conner Kiefer, Madison 37-42 - 79 +7

28. Max Leist, Providence 37-42 - 79 +7

28. Tommy Wiseman, Corydon 39-40 - 79 +7

34. David Doyle, Roncalli 38-42 - 80 +8

34. Tanner Shapiro, Bloomington South 39-41 - 80 +8

34. Nick Waskom, Columbus North 39-41 - 80 +8

34. Dylan Windler, Perry Meridian 37-43 - 80 +8

38. Joe Davis, South Spencer 39-42 - 81 +9

38. Keegan McCullough, Greensburg 46-35 - 81 +9

38. Dom Schildkneck, Batesville 42-39 - 81 +9

38. Brad Sprinkle, Perry Meridian 42-39 - 81 +9

38. Michael Zedrick, Roncalli 44-37 - 81 +9

43. Jacob Bartely, Jasper 41-41 - 82 +10

43. Steven Coleman, Corydon 40-42 - 82 +10

43. Lance Hackman, Brownstown 40-42 - 82 +10

43. Jake Hash, Franklin 37-45 - 82 +10

43. Lucas Williams, Jac-Cen-Del 40-42 - 82 +10

48. Luke Davidson, Henryville 41-42 - 83 +11

48. Wes Kennell, Center Grove 39-44 - 83 +11

48. Samuel Marsh, Greensburg 39-44 - 83 +11

48. Levi Percifield, South Spencer 41-42 - 83 +11

48. Landon Price, Perry Meridian 44-39 - 83 +11

48. Brayden Stegemiller, Roncalli 41-42 - 83 +11

48. Luke Taylor, Scottsburg 42-41 - 83 +11

48. Mason Waninger, Tell City 40-43 - 83 +11

48. Carson Wattenbarger, Madison 42-41 - 83 +11

57. Kunal Bhanushali, New Albany 40-44 - 84 +12

57. Justin Bowman, Perry Meridian 39-45 - 84 +12

57. Evan Braun, Heritage Hills 40-44 - 84 +12

57. Zakry Cummings, Bedford N. Lawrence 38-46 - 84 +12

57. Chase Harker, Roncalli 37-47 - 84 +12

57. Chris Jurrema, Columbus East 38-46 - 84 +12

57. Nic McHargue, Bedford N. Lawrence 44-40 - 84 +12

57. David Shepard, Floyd Central 39-45 - 84 +12

57. Billy Sleight, Floyd Central 41-43 - 84 +12

65. Kevin Crone, Providence 42-43 - 85 +13

65. Garrett Day, Jennings Co. 42-43 - 85 +13

65. Trevor Jacob, Roncalli 42-43 - 85 +13

65. Will Mayhew, Columbus East 44-41 - 85 +13

65. Alex Mevnier, Heritage Hills 43-42 - 85 +13

65. Brady Murray, Rising Sun 43-42 - 85 +13

65. Austin Proffitt, Columbus East 45-40 - 85 +13

65. Dustin Ruddick, Seymour 42-43 - 85 +13

73. Dylan Bilz, Madison 44-42 - 86 +14

73. Alex Crane, Bedford N. Lawrence 45-41 - 86 +14

73. Reid Domingo, Greensburg 45-41 - 86 +14

73. Sam Garr, Silver Creek 42-44 - 86 +14

73. Carson Pierce, Jasper 45-41 - 86 +14

73. Jacob Simmons, Jennings Co. 40-46 - 86 +14

73. Levi Sweeney, Brownstown 40-46 - 86 +14

73. Cale Thorne, Bedford N. Lawrence 42-44 - 86 +14

73. Brady Vaughan, Franklin Central 41-45 - 86 +14

82. Austin Armstrong, Rising Sun 45-42 - 87 +15

82. Alex Gordon, Heritage Hills 45-42 - 87 +15

82. Spencer Wood, Franklin 41-46 - 87 +15

85. Jonas Carmichael, Edgewood 42-46 - 88 +16

85. Erich Day, Providence 41-47 - 88 +16

85. Maverick Jones, Greensburg 42-46 - 88 +16

85. Mitchell Perry, Brownstown 43-45 - 88 +16

85. Bailey Wilder, Jennings Co. 41-47 - 88 +16

90. Ian Donnell, Jennings Co. 41-49 - 90 +18

90. Kamden Hurst, Borden 46-44 - 90 +18

90. Jordan King, Rising Sun 44-46 - 90 +18

90. Zack Lee, Columbus North 41-49 - 90 +18

94. Carrolton Orr, Springs Valley 43-48 - 91 +19

94. Chad Spencer, East Central 43-48 - 91 +19

96. Carson Cheatham, Madison 50-42 - 92 +20

96. Austin Enright, South Spencer 48-44 - 92 +20

98. Christian Burch, Scottsburg 47-46 - 93 +21

99. Seth Berry, Brownstown 46-49 - 95 +23

100. Tyler Clerkin, Jennings Co. 51-45 - 96 +24

100. Alex Korn, Jasper 51-45 - 96 +24

102. Lute Lahrman, Brownstown 50-49 - 99 +27

102. Aron Walker, Rising Sun 50-49 - 99 +27

104. Evan Wilson, Providence 52-48 - 100 +28

105. Michael Blankman, Greensburg 49-55 - 104 +32

106. Isaac Hebner, South Spencer 77-62 - 139 +67

*-qualified for state finals as individual