It was a sight that was common to see at the Danville Sectional. Head Coach Sharon Most, the most winningest girl's golf head coach in the state, and her Martinsville Artesians once again holding the championship trophy.
Look closer of course, and you'll see something very unfamiliar: a statue of a red fox in an English suit and a top hat.
"The fox came to conference and then we won conference," said Senior Mariah Richardson. "And I think the top four scores were just really good at conference. Molly English won conference, (and with the fox) I won Sectionals."
By the luck of the fox and the skill of the Lady Artesians, another golf monument will be on it's way to Martinsville's trophy case from Saturday's sectional at the Twin Bridges Golf Club.
"This feels great particularly because we are so young," said Martinsville Head Coach Sharon Most. "Two seniors, two sophomores, and a freshman, and just a tough course to play on. And I just learned the green placements and the pins were set up for club championships, so when one of the coaches found that out he nearly had a heart-attack. So we are just glad to escape with that win, and we'll move on to Foxcliff next week. We'll see who comes out of the other sites and see what happens."
With the top three teams advancing to the Regionals, Martinsville won with a score of 359, Danville came in second with a 377, and Brownsburg finished with a 381.
For Martinsville Senior Mariah Richardson the afternoon was a little extra special, as she captured her first Sectional individual championship with a score of 77. Richardson's biggest moments came on the back-nine, where on the thirteenth hole she hit a 15-foot putt to save par, and hit for birdie on sixteen.
"On the par-four I hit a nine-iron onto the right side of the green," said Richardson. "And it just broke, it was only three feet away."
Scoring for the Artesians as well included Molly English (88), Liz Iversen (94), and Sarah Bennett (100). Coming in second individual-wise was Cascade's Jessica Smyth with a score of 80.
Next Saturday in the regional Martinsville will benefit from hosting the event at their home course, and Head Coach Sharon Most is looking forward to the opportunity of advancing to State once again.
"It's going to be tough," said Most.
"It's going to be more and more competitive and I think we learned a lot out there today. Hopefully we can carry that forward. When you're young, when you look at the beginning of the season an take a look at our team, we struggled sometimes just to get it off the ground and air-born. So this is a terrific advancement for us, and our goal was to try to get to State and to be there for the second day. We're just going to have to work hard these next couple weeks."
Martinsville captures Sectional crown once again
With Senior Mariah Richardson's 77 leading the way, the Artesians took the Danville Sectional title with a score of 359 to Danville's 377.
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