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Swinging to state

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TC sophomore JacksonSeagrave shot a 75 at the Muncie Central Regional to advance to state.
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Triton Central sophomore Jackson Seagrave shot the best round of his young high school career during regional play to advance to the IHSAA State Finals.

By KRIS MILLS - kmills@shelbynews.com

There are 14 clubs in his bag, but one has proven to be more valuable than the rest.

Carding a 77 earlier this season at the West Lafayette Invitational, Triton Central sophomore Jackson Seagrave had a feeling his putter, which was dialed in that afternoon, would again be needed towards the end of the season.

Shooting an 84 Monday during sectional play for the last regional spot, Seagrave regrouped and fired the best round of his high school career Thursday at the Muncie Central Regional. His putter was hot again as the sophomore did not record a six on his scorecard the entire day. A career-best 75 helped the young, talented golfer earn a spot in this week’s IHSAA State Finals.

Seagrave is the first Shelby County golfer to make the state finals since 2011. TC’s Eric Davis also qualified for state.

“During the regional it was awesome, my putter finally got hot again,” Seagrave said. “Towards the end of the season it stopped happening a little bit. During the sectional, I felt like nothing was going my way. I wasn’t getting those good breaks.

“I remember looking at the scores last year at the regional. I just wanted to beat a 76. When I got in the clubhouse (this year), I was the second lowest. When the day was finished I was so happy, but I think my coach (Karen O’Neill) was happier than me.”

Davis will tee off at 9:48 on hole No. 10 on Tuesday at Prairie View Golf Club in Carmel. State will continue on Wednesday at 8 a.m. Each player will golf 36 holes. 

At the regional, which was at The Players Club in Yorktown, Seagrave opened his round with a 37 on the front nine and finished with a 38 on the back. Two birdies helped him obtain a better start than he did at the sectional as Seagrave was one-under par after five holes.

The lowest regional round Thursday was a 72.

“The birdies helped me get back some of the errors on tough holes,” Seagrave said. “At the regional, everything good seemed to be working out for me. I was hitting greens and fairways. After the first five holes, I was thinking I am doing better than last year. That was a positive for me. This could be it. It started going even better.”

Seagrave, who has an older brother, Morgan Seagrave, a 2018 TC graduate (Wabash College for football), is the only member of his family to play the sport. He started golfing at the age of 12, but this is the first year he has played all year long. The results, at the right time, are beginning to show.

“My dad took me out and let me hit a little bit when I was younger,” Seagrave said. “It is kind of weird no one else in my family plays, but I just fell in love with hitting the ball around and the challenge of getting it in the hole.”

Kris Mills is the Sports editor of The Shelbyville News. Follow Kris on Twitter @KrisMills37.

IHSAA State Finals

Course: Prairie View Golf Club, 7000 Longest Drive, Carmel, Ind. 46033

Day 1: Tuesday, June 12, 8 a.m.

Day 2: Wednesday, June 13, 8 a.m.

Seagrave: 9:48 a.m., 10th tee on Day 1