|Fri, Jul 25, 2014 02:23 PM
June 11, 2014 | 09:20 AM
The Corydon Central boys' golfers had their sights set on breaking the Floyd Central trend of sectional titles.
Despite a solid team round of 305, the Panthers came up short of the goal Monday of surpassing Floyd Central in the Providence Sectional on a rather cool morning at Covered Bridge Golf Club.
The Highlanders, led by an impressive medalist round of 4-under par 68 by Conner Welch, posted a 299 team score to claim the program's 12th straight title.
"We came in here wanting to win," Corydon Central's Timothy Wiseman said. "Getting out, we didn't think would be an issue for us; we wanted to win. So, we didn't get what we wanted, but we are moving on to regionals. That's all we can ask for."
South Central's Henry Hentrup takes a practice swing before taking his aim at the green on No. 18 at Covered Bridge Golf Club.
It was a tight race for the top spot among Corydon Central, Floyd Central and Providence. Shooting identical 305s were the Panthers and Providence. Proving every shot counts, Corydon Central's No. 5 player, Steven Coleman, sank a birdie putt on his final hole, the par-5 No. 18. His score of 80 inched the Panthers into a tie with the Pioneers.
Taking the fifth-man score, Corydon Central's Tommy Wiseman (82) bested Providence's Erich Gray (88). All three teams earned a spot at the next level of the IHSAA tournament, regional play at Champions Pointe.
"It wasn't our best, but we move on," Corydon Central coach Kevin Nash said. "If we could pick between having a really good round today or a really good round Thursday, I'd rather have it on Thursday to get to state. We know it's a field that will require us to shoot under 300."
While everyone was chasing Welch, Corydon Central's Mitchell Frederick threw in a solid effort. Playing in the same group as Welch, Frederick tried to keep pace. He finished his round with a 1-over par 73, good for a third-place tie.
"The front side I struggled to make birdies," Frederick said. "I hit a lot of greens for the most part but couldn't get putts to fall. On the back side, it picked up for me with putts starting to fall. Shooting a 73 on a sectional day isn't too bad."
Electric on the back nine, Frederick was 1-under on that side. He birdied both par-5s (No. 14 and No. 18) to close his round.
Finishing just behind Frederick was Timothy Wiseman. He had a rough start to the day, taking a triple bogey on the second hole. He rallied to birdie two of the next four holes to gain back some of the lost shots.
"My second hole, I pulled one out of bounds and made a triple," Wiseman said. "It set me back a little bit, but I put it behind me. I came back with some pars and rolled in a few birdie putts to get it going again."
He, like Frederick, shot a 35 on the back. Wiseman threw in consecutive birdies on 14 and 15.
"I played well on the back, making a few birdies," Wiseman added. "It could have been a lot worse but also a lot better."
Ryan Crawford had a fairly even round, shooting a 78. He had a round of 13 pars but wasn't able to sink a bird.
Coleman was among the better Corydon Central scores on the front nine, birdying No. 2 en rout to a 38. Despite some struggles on the back side, Coleman sank the birdie on No. 18 to finish with an 80.
Tommy Wiseman closed with an 82.
"Almost all of our scores were better on the back," Nash said. "Simply, we got off to a bad start. We're not playing par-5s really well outside of Mitchell."
Now the focus turns to regional and making a bid toward a state appearance.
"We're going to continue to work hard," Timothy Wiseman said. "We're going to work short game with coach Nash and play at Champions Wednesday afternoon."
"Today showed us we can't show up anymore and just win," Frederick said. "We have to play good and play well. I know we can do it. We're all capable of playing better as a team."
Frederick said the regional site, Champions Pointe, can be challenging.
"Keep it in the fairways and out of the rough," he said of the course. "The rough is twice as thick as (at Covered Bridge). If I keep hitting greens, putts will eventually fall."
South Central's Henry Hentrup was on the cusp of making the regional field. Sitting in the clubhouse with an 8-over par 80, Hentrup was, for a while, in the third spot to qualify for regional. In the end, as scores came in, a 79 was required to playoff for a spot to advance.
"Henry is footloose and fancy," South Central coach Steve Temple said. "He's a player that enjoys and loves to play the game."
Hentrup's round featured a trio of birdies. His first came on the par-5 14th hole, while two more hit the bottom of the cup on No. 2 and No. 8.
"He's accomplished a lot this year," Temple said of Hentrup. "He's been medalist in five of 10 matches. He plays really well at home (Chariot Run) and sometimes struggles on away courses."
In team scoring, the Rebels had a 364, much better than the 423 they posted a year ago. Brayden Stopinski shot an 86 followed by Parker Gabhart's 93. Also scoring for South Central were Sutton Day (105) and Cody Johnson (123).
"The team has really grown as a whole," Temple said. "It's a remarkable improvement for these kids. It's a pleasure to be around them."
North Harrison golfers Chase Spencer and Joseph Hinton, each having made regional appearances in recent tries, weren't able to move on Monday.
Each had similar rounds in sectional play. With North Harrison beginning on the back nine, Spencer and Hinton had their ups and downs with the course. Spencer shot a 43 on his first nine, while Hinton had a string of seven consecutive fives to card a 45.
On the front nine of Covered Bridge, both played much better to close their rounds. Hinton played No. 1 and No. 2 solidly, putting in a pair of birdies. He'd eventually play 2-over par golf on that nine to finish with an 83.
Spencer's play on his second nine improved as well, posting pars on six of the nine holes. He would conclude his round with a 10-over par 82.
"Chase and Joseph had their sights set on making it to regional, and maybe they tried a little too hard on their first nine," NH coach Ross Schulz said. "As they made the turn, calmed down and got settled in, they made a real run at it but couldn't quite overcome the bad front nine. I know Joseph is disappointed, but you can't take anything away from the great season he had."
As a team, the Cougars finished with a fifth-place score of 345. Shawn Bishop had an 87, Austin Davis a 93 and Evan Longacre a 95.
"Shawn's improvement has been great to watch and, hopefully, it'll continue and blossom into a great senior season," Schulz said.
Leading the way for Lanesville was Andrew Kennedy with a 96, playing both nines with 48s. Jon Ferree closed with a 99, while his cousin, Joe Ferree, had a 103. Stephen Shaffer participated but was disqualified. Typically playing No. 1 for the Eagles, Jordan Shepherd, missed the event due to a vehicle crash a few days prior to the competition.
Individuals advancing without a team were Sam Garr (Silver Creek, 77), Kamden Hurst (Borden, 77) and Kunal Bhanushali (New Albany, 79). Bhanushali won a one-hole playoff against Crawford County's Tyson Sloan.
As a team, Crawford County finished with a 347. Scoring for the Wolfpack were Sloan (79), Christopher Cook (87), Jacob Sherron (90), Ty Stevens (91) and Cameron Sillings (105).
The Providence Regional, held at Champions Pointe, takes place tomorrow (Thursday) beginning at 8 a.m. Admission is free. Feeder sectionals include Bloomington North, Greensburg, Jasper, Madison, Providence and Southport.
To advance to state, the top three teams move on along with the top five low individuals excluded from advancing teams. Ties will be played off for the fifth spot.
Team scores: 1. Floyd Central 299, 2. Corydon Central 305*, 3. Providence 305, 4. New Albany 343, 5. North Harrison 345, 6. Crawford County 347, 7. Silver Creek 349, 8. Borden 351, 9. South Central 364, 10. Jeffersonville 371, 11. Eastern (Pekin) 422, 12. Lanesville NTS.
Individual scores: 1. Welch (FC) 68, 2. Crone (P) 72, 3t. Frederick (CoCe) 73, 3t. Allender (P) 73, 5t. Ti. Wiseman (CoCe) 74, 5t. Crum (FC).
Individuals advancing without a team: 1. Garr (SiCr) 77, 1t. K. Hurst (B) 77, 3. Bhanushali (NA) 79**.
*Tie broken by fifth-man score
**Won playoff versus Sloan (CrCo).