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Corydon Central's Kaylee Smith, right, sends a putt toward the cup on the third hole at Old Capital Golf Club Monday. Also on the green were, from left, Eastern's Taylor Drury, Corydon Central's Sophie Cesar and South Central's Mary Cory. Photos by Brian Smith

Developing Panthers win quad meet

August 27, 2014 | 09:38 AM

Bringing out a rather young group of girl golfers, Corydon Central picked up a solid win Monday at Old Capital Golf Club versus three schools.

Shooting a team score of 203, the Lady Panthers were an easy winner over Eastern (Pekin) (239), Crawford County (253) and South Central (257).

Corydon Central's Cortlin Engleman fires a tee shot that reaches the green on No. 7 at Old Capital Golf Club Monday. Engleman earned the medalist honors with a 48.
"I'm very proud of our win today with a 203," said first-year coach Chase Best. "I'd like for us to get down in the 180 range if possible. It's a good confidence builder for the girls. We'll take three wins."

Leading the way for Corydon Central was Cortlin Engleman, one of three golfers who participated in the postseason a year ago. Playing the front nine (par-36) at the Old Cap on a hazy and humid afternoon, Engleman shot a 12-over par 48.

On Engleman's scorecard, she carded pars on No. 2 and No. 9. She also had four bogeys sprinkled among her round.

Finishing tied for second were a pair of Lady Panthers in Sidney Capelle and Sophie Cesar; both carded 50s. Capelle had three pars and two bogeys, while Cesar recorded a par on No. 9 to go along with four bogeys.

"We're very young," Best said. "Only a quarter of the girls have ever played in a varsity match. Sidney and Cortlin bring some experience. They have a lot to learn, but they are a good base for us to build around."

Best said the team isn't looking to rebuild, but rather to gain experience throughout the year. One area they will work on after the win is on the putting surface.

"They'll need to learn to make more putts," Best said. "Golf course management will be the learning lesson of the year. It'll be the key to this team shooting lower. A lot of them are learning to play, especially managing a bad shot."

Shelbi Cook, of Crawford County, shot a 53 to lead the Lady Pack. Teammate Jada Smith posted a 61.

Also scoring for Corydon Central were Bailey Combs (55), Lauren Murphy (58) and Kaylee Smith (62).

Eastern's lowest score belonged to Kolbi Sponcel with a 57. Samantha Gilstrap had a 58.

Each of South Central's four golfers shot in the 60s. The Lady Rebels were paced by Brooklyn Woertz with a 61. Her best hole was a bogey on No. 3.

Other competitors were Mary Cory (62), Courtney Boley (66) and Gracie Riley (68).


Corydon Central 203 (C. Engleman 48, S. Capelle 50, S. Cesar 50, B. Combs 55, L. Murphy 58, K. Smith 62), Eastern (Pekin) 239 (K. Sponcel 57, S. Gilstrap 58, T. Drury 61, K. Cottongim 63, E. Adamson 64); Crawford County 253 (S. Cook 53, J. Smith 61, M. Pittman 67, K. Knight 72); South Central 257 (B. Woertz 61, M. Cory 62, C. Boley 66, G. Riley 68).

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