During the season, the Indians golf team played second fiddle to the Wellsboro Hornets golf team for the majority of the season, coming up just a few strokes short in multiple contests. The Indians were finally able to get over the hump on the biggest stage of the season so far in a District championship match.
The Indians didn’t have any expectations going into the round of golf, according to coach Brad Heck, and put an emphasis on having fun and enjoying playing the game they have a passion for. To be able to come up with a win against an extremely talented Wellsboro roster was a satisfying surprise to Indians coach Brad Heck.
Led by Austin Outman, the Indians were able to put together an all-around team performance on a day where the weather wasn’t ideal for golf. Outman credited his strong showing of shooting a day low of 75 to the most important aspect of golf, experience. “Regionals and States last year were way colder than that actually. So a lot of the kids in the field didn’t really know how to play in that kind of weather, and I already knew how to play in the wind. It was super windy and I know how to play that pretty well, because I have played a lot of golf and in cold temperatures and it just kind of comes down to having the experience” Outman said.
Outman may have led the way for the Indians but they received a strong performance by the whole team. Joel Heck was another golfer who had a very successful outing during the championship effort by the Indians.
“Joel shot two good rounds. And you know the weather was pretty bad. Everybody was playing in the same conditions, but it was extremely cold. It was windy and rainy and I was really proud of everybody,” coach Heck commented on his team’s performance.
The Indians had three golfers qualify for Individual regional play, Outman, Heck and Skylar Smith. They will have a shot to play on Monday, Oct. 14 for in the individual play after falling short as team in the regional competition on Thursday.
The Indians will have Heck, Outman and Smith in attendance for the match.
At Regionals Outman qualified for a spot in the state competition by finishing second overall with a score of 76 on the day.