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Cougars cover field at Corydon Invitational

Cougars cover field at Corydon Invitational
Cougars cover field at Corydon Invitational
North Harrison freshman Matt Bruce blasts out of a trap on the par-4 No. 4 hole at Old Capital Golf Club on Saturday afternoon during the annual Corydon Central Invitational. Bruce was the medalist on the day, shooting a four-over par 76 during his round. (Photo by Alan Stewart)

North Harrison’s golf team increased its record to 31-2 over the weekend with a solid victory at the Corydon Central Invitational at Old Capital Golf Club on Saturday.
Spurred by freshman Matt Bruce’s 76 on the par-72 course, the Cougars shot a 320, which was five shots better than runner-up Providence and 12 strokes better than third-place Shawe Memorial.
Host Corydon placed fifth with a 350 and Lanesville rounded out the 12-team field with a 524.
Joining Bruce on the leaderboard was Joey Thompson with a 79, Kyle Mattingly with an 81 and Cole Duffy with an 84. Michael Rigot also had a 91 for the Cougars.
‘We’re happy with the win but we still have several players that are capable of playing better and we know we need to score better to have a chance to be able to compete with Floyd Central,’ North Harrison coach Kelly Cooper said. ‘We are pretty deep and we need five confident players playing at the top of their game as we head into sectional.
‘This week should be a good test for us as we go to Jeff Elks on Tuesday, and then to Seymour Elks on Friday, before we play in the Southern Indiana Open at Hidden Creek on Saturday.’
The Cougars, who are off to the best start in school history, are trying to become the first golf team from North to advance to regional play.
Bruce’s highlight came on the par-4 17th hole, where the youngster chipped in for an eagle from about 40 yards out. Mattingly shot a 38 on the front side before letting loose with a 43 on the second nine holes.
For Corydon, Bruce Toler was the low man with an 80. He shot a 37 on the front and a 43 on the back.
Not far behind, Matt Key came in with an 84 (41-43), followed by Brian Baker’s 92, Joe Merk’s 94 and Chad Lee’s 107.
Lanesville’s Jordan Rochner marked the lowest score for the Eagles with a 109.
Rounding out Lanesville’s scores were Tyler Bratcher (133), Jacob Schneider (134), Daniel Senechal (148) and Nick Emily (161).
On May 2, North defeated Corydon Central, 159-163, at Old Capital Golf Club. Bruce and Mattingly each shot 37s, Duffy had a 42, Thompson and Rigot each had 43s and Ryan Boone shot a 49.
For the Panthers, Key and Bruce each shot 38s, Lee had a 42 and Calvin Saulman marked a 45.