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Wiseman takes on tough Indiana Open field

Crawford, Coleman win on Junior Tour

July 16, 2014 | 01:48 PM

The summer has been busy for the talented golfers from Corydon Central High School. Ryan Crawford and Steven Coleman have won junior tour events, while Timothy Wiseman made a run at the Indiana Open.

Wiseman made the cut at the Indiana Open last week, facing a tough field of 160 professionals and amateurs at Otter Creek Golf Club in Columbus.

With a yardage of 6,897 on the par-72 course, Wiseman hung around par for much of the tournament.

Wiseman's best round was his first, shooting a 1-over par 73. He struggled with a pair of bogeys to start but reeled off three birdies later in the round.

On day two, Wiseman shot a 2-over 74, ensuring he made the cut. Wiseman concluded the event with a 2-over par 74 on July 9, then a 10-over par 82 on July 10.

Overall, Wiseman finished with a four-day total of 303 (15 over par). The score was good for 67th place with three others.

Craig Bowden was the overall winner, taking his third Open title, his first since 1995. All four of his rounds were under 70, finishing at an amazing 18-under par.

Bowden, a professional, is from Bedford and has played on the PGA Tour and the Tour.

Wiseman has verbally committed to Ball State University. Several members of the Cardinals had great showings at the Open, led by third-place finisher and top amateur McCormick Clouser (11-under par).

Michael VanDeventer (Columbus North), recent co-medalist at the IHSAA boys' golf tournament, placed seventh with an overall score of six under par. VanDeventer is slated to begin his freshman season at Ball State.

To earn a spot in the Indiana Open, Wiseman placed tied for 24th at the qualifier at Heartland Crossing Golf Links. Thirty-one qualifiers earned a bid at Heartland Crossing, with Wiseman's 5-over par 77 getting the job done.

Most recently, Ryan Crawford, a senior-to-be at Corydon Central, placed 11th in the Junior PGA Championship at Honeywell Golf Course in Wabash on last Tuesday and Wednesday.

The two-day, 36-hole event was won by Brownsburg's Luke Kelly, who fired a 2-under par 140 overall.

During his two rounds, Crawford had four birdies to finish seven over par. His first-round score of 75 allowed Crawford to make the top 48 cut. Going one stroke lower the next day with a 74 left Crawford with a 149.

North Harrison's Chase Spencer also competed in the event and shot an 8-over par 79 in the first round, missing the cut by one stroke.

Spencer's best showing thus far has been a tie for fifth (82) at a junior tour event at Christmas Lake. In June, he tied for sixth in the A flight at the Baymont Inn & Suites Classic in Montgomery at Country Oaks Golf Course, firing a two-day total of 153 (77-76).

Incoming Oakland City freshman Joseph Hinton, a recent North Harrison graduate, also played in the event and finished tied for sixth in the championship flight with a score of 145 (73-72).

Also during the summer, Crawford has participated in the PGA Age Group Championship at Indiana National Golf Club Black Course. On fire on day one, Crawford shot a 3-under par 69 to take a big lead at the two-day event, June 25 and 26.

On day two, Crawford shot a 76 to finish the tournament one over par, winning by three strokes in the 18-year-old division. In all, Crawford had eight birdies.

In the 17-year-old division, Timothy Wiseman finished tied for second, shooting even par 72s on both days.

Crawford also placed second at the Northern Junior Masters, at Purdue University Kampen Course on June 22 and 23.

Coleman, meanwhile, placed first in his age group (17-19) in a junior tour event at Country Oaks Golf Club on July 8. Five birdies helped Coleman reach his final score of a 3-over par 75. Coleman secured the win, beating out Eric Wagler in a playoff.

Also this summer, Coleman has placed in the top four at two additional events — third at Bear Chase and fourth at Otis Park — on the junior tour.

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