Marian wins Regional golf title; Sumrall medalist

Wind and rain couldn't stop Marian from winning the Regional Golf Championship at LaPorte's Beechwood Golf Course on Friday.

The Knights now advance to Tuesday's state tournament, where they will look to become the champions of Indiana for the second time in school history.

Junior Adam Sumrall earned medalist honors with an even par 72, which was by far the best score of the day on the windy and rainy afternoon.

Sumrall made some mistakes in the front 9, like hitting his second shot on the par five 6 onto the tee box of hole 7. But Sumrall saved things with a great 3rd shot onto the green, ultimately allowing him to save par.

On the 8th hole, Sumrall drove his tee shot into the sand on the par 3. He saved the hole with a perfect chip out of the bunker, again earning a par.

The junior finished off the front 9 with his best shot of the day--a 25-foot birdie on the par 5.

Sumrall did have competition through those first nine holes, as Boone Grove's Taylor Noel produced birdies on 6, 7 and 9.

But Noel struggled in the back 9, and finished with a 77.

Marian's biggest scare came from the weather.

Play was suspended just after 5pm and right before half the field could complete its rounds. That meant, if play did not resume, everything would be wiped out and the tournament would start from scratch on Saturday.

At the point, the Knights were comfortably in the lead. They ended up winning by two strokes over Chesterton. LaPorte finished 3rd. All three teams advance to the state finals.

Tom Hauch (Adams) and Tyler Bilha (St. Joe) also advance individually.

The state tourney will be held Tuesday and Wednesday in Franklin, IN at The Legends Golf Club.

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