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Panthers (3rd) earn berth to golf regional

Panthers (3rd) earn berth to golf regional
Panthers (3rd) earn berth to golf regional
Corydon CentralÂ’s Mitchell Frederick, above, makes the walk up No. 18 in a rain shower at Covered Bridge Monday. Photo by Brian Smith (click for larger version)

The young golfers for Corydon Central didn’t shy away from the pressure of playing alongside historically strong boys’ programs No. 5 Floyd Central, Providence and New Albany at the boys’ golf sectional Monday.
Instead, the Panthers gave their foes a solid run and earned a spot as a team at Thursday’s regional.
Floyd Central posted a stunning 295 team score at Covered Bridge in Sellersburg. The highest score among the five participants was a 5-over par 77. The lowest were Devin Jenkins and Jay Holderman with 1-over par 73s. Jenkins eventually won a playoff for the medalist honors.
Corydon Central found itself in a battle for the second spot. Rival Providence finished just ahead of the Panthers with a 312. Corydon Central, led by Timothy Wiseman’s 75, finished third with a 314. The top three teams advance to regional.
‘We came out with what we wanted to do,’ said Corydon Central’s Tommy Wiseman. ‘I thought that score would have a chance to win, but Floyd and Providence came out and played really well. Getting out is going to be a great experience. With a young team, we get to go this year and, hopefully, the next two years. Hopefully, Thursday we play well.’
Timothy played the front nine one over then kept the round steady on the backside. Most of the Corydon Central golfers and the field played about half of their rounds in overcast conditions. The second half of the day featured light and, at times, heavy rains.
‘I tried to keep the clubs covered, especially the grips,’ Tommy said. ‘I changed gloves a few times but mainly wanted to stay mentally focused and not lose too many shots.’
Tommy finished with a 79 but had to mentally refocus after breaking his driver early in his round.
‘I broke my driver head on contact,’ he said. ‘The head just shot out in the woods, and I lost it. I bounced back after that hole and played the next nine about even.’
Tommy and teammate Joseph Hinton are the two sophomores on the team. The rest ‘ Timothy Wiseman, Mitchell Frederick and Ryan Crawford ‘ are freshmen.
Crawford posted a 78 after playing a splendid back nine one over. Hinton started his round birdie-birdie and finished with an 82. Frederick carded an 84.
‘I started with a great round birdying the first two holes,’ Hinton said. ‘I should have played a lot better than I did the rest of the way. Luckily, I came away with an 82, which is good enough to help our team go to regional. Our top three guys really carried us.’
Hinton qualified for regional as an individual last year.
‘They are all experienced to be in major events,’ Hinton said of helping prep his teammates for regional. ‘They’ve seen and done that. We all have to go out there and play golf. We need four of us to shoot well and, hopefully, go on to state.’
Hinton said it felt great to help Corydon Central advance to regional through a tough and competitive sectional field.
Corydon Central coach Richard Clipp said the team was prepared from the get-go.
‘We knew when they got off the bus they were ready to play,’ Clipp said. ‘They are able to have fun. You couldn’t tell by some of their body language, but I asked them after their round if they had fun, and they said yes.’
Clipp said playing in matches against top teams like Floyd Central, Providence and Heritage Hills during the season helped prepare them for the sectional setting.
North Harrison’s Zach Shearer waited patiently at the clubhouse for scores to roll in. The Cougars senior turned in a 81 on the heels of playing his final nine holes 2-over par.
On the cusp of a regional bid as an individual, Shearer was sitting in the final spot, tied with William Garrett Arnold (New Albany) and Justin Wright (Scottsburg).
To determine the final advancing spot, the trio set out in the rain for the first hole for a sudden-death playoff. The advancer was determined at the first hole, with Arnold carding a par while Shearer and Wright had over-par efforts.
Fellow Cougar Chase Spencer had a strong round of 82 but also missed the cut. Also playing for the Cougars were Jacob Outcalt (100), Andrew Dones (101) and Brent LaDuke (105).
Lanesville came away with a 10th-place finish, combining to score 388. Junior Daniel Cox led the way for the Eagles, carding a 91. Senior Clayton Engel was a shot behind with a 92. Also carding scores for Lanesville were Harrison Wells (99), Ian Herrington (106) and Jordan Shephard (114).
South Central fielded a pair of golfers for the event, both of whom spent much of their round in the rain. Senior Zach Parrish reached the clubhouse with a 95, while freshman teammate Trevor Quire had a 99.
The regional will be hosted by Providence at Champions Pointe in Henryville tomorrow (Thursday) at 8 a.m.
The top three teams plus the top three low individuals, excluding those individuals who advance with a team, move on to the state final. Ties for third place must be played off in order to advance. Admission is free.
Team standings: 1. Floyd Central 295, 2. Providence 312, 3. Corydon Central 314, 4. New Albany 326, 5. Scottsburg 350, 6. Jeffersonville 357, 7. North Harrison 364, 8. Silver Creek 365, 9. Borden 374, 10. Lanesville 388, 11. Charlestown 407, 12. Henryville 408, 13. New Washington 507. No team scores: Austin, Christian Academy of Indiana, Clarksville, South Central.
Overall individual results: 1. Deven Jenkins* (FC) 73, 2. Jay Holderman (FC) 73, 3t. Bryce Very (P) 74, 3t. Jack Sparrow (FC) 74.
Individuals advancing without a team: 1. Cory Embry (NA) 76, 2. Evan Embry (H) 77, 3. William Garrett Arnold** (NA) 81.
*playoff determined winner
**playoff between Arnold, Zach Shearer (NH) and Justin Wright (Sco) determined advancing player