Crawford places seventh at golf regional
After a good previous week, winning both the Patoka Lake Athletic Conference tournament and the Jasper Sectional, the Crawford County golf team finished its season on a disappointing note.
The Wolfpack placed seventh in regional play at Christmas Lake Golf Course at Santa Claus Friday afternoon.
It was a day where the golfers had to contend with Mother Nature, including a hot afternoon and a lightning delay as thunderstorms moved through the area.
‘It sort of surprised me in one way, but when you’re dealing with the elements we were dealing with, the heat and then the delay, I was telling them the mental frustration was going to be much more than the physical frustration and the fighting of their own swings,’ said Crawford coach Bill Breeden.
Crawford’s number five golfer, Brandon Curl, got off to a respectable start on his tee shot on hole number one and then moved to within four feet of the hole by his third shot. Curl had a chance for birdie, but the ball took a hop halfway to the hole, skirting by the cup. Curl settled for par and had to go one more on the second hole, leaving him at one over after two holes.
Curl wasn’t the only golfer suffering difficulties. Teammate Chris Carr hit into the water hazard on two, then hit his next shot across the road and out of bounds for another penalty, scoring a seven.
Carr also had problems on hole three, with his tee-shot going wide left, as he finished with a five. He redeemed himself, however, shooting par on number four, a par-5.
Crawford seniors Tyler Griffith and Adam Newton fared well on the early holes. Griffith was just two over after three holes and Newton was just one over after four. Lyndon Jones was at four-over after four holes, but improved as the day continued.
As Jones got ready to tee-off on number seven, however, officials came by to warn of approaching storms, as did the distant rumble of thunder.
Soon afterward, a horn was sounded to warn of lightning entering the area. Tournament officials then came to tell everybody to head for shelter. The delay lasted more than a half hour.
After the front nine, Linton was leading respectably with two 36’s and three 40’s for a team score of 152. After that, the rest of the field was wide open.
Newton had a solid front nine but saw his tee shot on number 10 find the high weeds.
The Crawford senior also found a bunker on number 12 and missed a birdie putt on the next hole, but still finished better than the front nine with a final score of 80 for the 18 holes.
Griffith struggled on 13, but parred the next hole. On 15, however, the senior found the trap and then agonized as an 18-foot putt missed by a scant half inch. On his final hole, Griffith did some soul-searching and hit his tee shot right at the pin but just over.
He missed birdie by a half inch, but got his final putt for par to end the tournament. He also carded an 80.
The Wolfpack finished with a final team score of 333. Ironically, Linton won the tournament with a score of 307, a score that Crawford had in 18 holes just a few weeks earlier.