Gearlds and Caldwell advance to Boys Golf Regional

Triton Central’s Oliver Gearlds (left) and Morristown’s Asher Caldwell (right) were the only golfers from Shelby County to advance from Monday’s IHSAA Sectional at Hawk’s Tail in Greenfield.

Golf, more often than not, is about consistency. The sport also takes a certain type of mindset — calm and collected – to perform at a high level.

Triton Central sophomore Oliver Gearlds and Morristown junior Asher Caldwell have been the most consistent golfers in Shelby County this season, proving they have what it takes, mentally, to succeed. That continued Monday at the Greenfield-Central Sectional at Hawk’s Tail. Both players advanced past the sectional and will compete in the Muncie Central Regional on Thursday at The Players Club.

Caldwell (81) advanced in dramatic fashion, beating Triton Central’s Evan Uhls in a one-hole playoff for the third and final regional spot. Caldwell finished the day with 10 pars, shooting a 40-41.

Gearlds made the cut with a smooth round of 78, shooting a 38-40. He tied with Shenandoah’s Jordan Zody, who claimed the other regional berth.

Gearlds, who won Shelby County and Indiana Crossroads Conference titles earlier this season, finished the day with 11 pars and one birdie.

Uhls (81, 39-42), although he will not move on, pieced together a fine season. He finished with nine pars on Monday, helping the Tigers finish seventh overall (366) behind Shelbyville, which was sixth with a 361.

Also for TC, Griffin Sego shot a 97, Caleb Anderson a 110 and Maxwell Ray a 126.

Sawyer Jones (97), Jordan Battles (104), Nick Stidham (106) and Collin Essex (112) also competed for Morristown, which finished eighth with a 388.

For the Golden Bears, Ethan Apsley led the team with an 85. Matthew Bunton was right behind him with an 87. Nolan Chaney shot a 92, Elijah Baker a 97 and Samuel Bunton a 101.

Southwestern finished ninth overall (11 complete teams) with a 408. Tristan Pappano led the Spartans with a 99. Ty Burcham and Justin Swift both carded a 101 and Caleb Pappano shot a 107.

New Castle’s Derek Tabor won the sectional title with a 69. In all, eight golfers shot below an 80. Mt. Vernon won the team sectional championship, finishing with a 315. New Castle (319) and New Palestine (330) were second and third, respectively.

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