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Wiseman ‘rains’ at top in Bennett

Wiseman ‘rains’ at top in Bennett
Wiseman ‘rains’ at top in Bennett
Corydon CentralÂ’s Timothy Wiseman gets up and down for a bogey on No. 10 after taking a drop. The save sparked a run of birdies for the sophomore who went on to win SaturdayÂ’s Bud Bennett Memorial Invitational. Photos by Brian Smith (click for larger version)

The weather conditions weren’t the best, but the playing conditions didn’t bother Timothy Wiseman.
Playing through a light rain on a cool overcast Saturday, the Corydon Central sophomore went on to win the Bud Bennett Memorial Invitational at Old Capital Golf Club in Corydon.
‘It felt really good, especially doing it for Bud,’ Wiseman said. ‘We really miss him, and I know he’d really be proud of me today.’
Wiseman was electric on the back nine after a hiccup on No. 10. His second shot found a hazard area causing him to take a drop. Quickly putting the previous shot behind him, Wiseman converted the chip and putt to save bogey.
From there, Wiseman caught fire. He posted birdies on the back-to-back par-5s, holes 11 and 12. Following a par on No. 13, Wiseman jumped back on the birdie train, carding another on 14.
‘I was in between clubs on 10 and decided to go up a club,’ Wiseman said. ‘I swung easy and yanked it a little bit, but got a good up-and-down save bogey. Then I came back with two birdies in a row then rolled in another on 14.’
His play led to closing his round with a 1-under par 71, winning by three strokes.
The weather didn’t bother Wiseman, who praised his putting in the 18-hole event.
‘A few short irons I miss-hit, but I’m OK with that,’ he said. ‘I putted really well, which is usually my nemesis. I had 27 putts today.’
Corydon Central was on the hunt to give the No. 8 ranked Floyd Central team a run for the team title. The Highlanders, however, were the best, scoring a 301. The Panthers finished second with a 310, while North Harrison was third with a 353.
‘We played (Friday) and shot 304,’ Corydon Central coach Kevin Nash said. ‘I thought if we could back that up, we’d be right there, which we were. Timothy played really well, and Ryan played really well.’
Nash admired the play of the Highlanders.
‘Give Floyd credit; when you have five guys shoot in the 70s on a day like today, you’re probably going to win,’ he said. ‘I thought we played really well in practice, shooting a 304, and that still wouldn’t have been enough today. I’m proud of the way our guys played.’
Fast on Wiseman’s tail were all five Floyd Central golfers along with teammate Ryan Crawford. Daniel Shepard earned second place through a tiebreaker, shooting a 74 for the Highlanders. All five Floyd Central golfers shot in the 70s.
Crawford had an impressive round of a 74. Of the 18 holes, Crawford had 13 pars.
‘The day wasn’t that bad for me,’ Crawford said. ‘The only thing I could have improved on for me was making some putts. Other than that, the course didn’t play that hard. We play here every day, so even in the rain it isn’t as difficult for us.’
A pair of birdies ‘ on Nos. 3 and 12 ‘ highlighted Crawford’s day.
‘I think Timothy bogeying two of the last three, he wasn’t happy with,’ Nash said. ‘Ryan went out of bounds on seven, which isn’t typical for him, then lost the grip on 15 to go out. Both bounced back from what happened during the round.’
Tommy Wiseman came in with an 81, nailing a lengthy putt on No. 13 for a birdie for the Panthers. Corydon Central’s Mitchell Frederick overcame a slow start to finish with an 84. Steven Coleman had a 92.
‘I’m trying to get them to realize it is a team thing,’ Nash said. ‘You can’t just fold the tent because you hit one bad shot; you have to battle.’
Crawford and Timothy Wiseman said they’ve set the goals high, saying there’s room to best the team score.
‘We’re not disappointed,’ Crawford said.
‘Ryan and I are playing really well, but we still have more room to grow as a team,’ Wiseman said.
One point of emphasis Nash has for the team is to play each shot and forget what happened earlier in the round.
‘The guys are starting to learn they can’t dwell on bad shots,’ he said. ‘Things will only get worse if you dwell.’
North Harrison edged out New Albany and Providence for the third spot.
‘We had our best finish in a few years with the third-place but, obviously, have a long way to go to compete with Corydon,’ North Harrison coach Ross Schulz said.
Leading the way for the Cougars was Joseph Hinton. The junior notched a birdie on the fourth hole to eventually shoot a 40 on the front nine. Hinton would go on to close his round with an 81.
A pair of North Harrison golfers ‘ Chase Spencer and Chris Bonhert ‘ finished with identical 89s. Three pars on the back nine helped Bishop to his best 18-hole round of the year.
Spencer had an up-and-down day, scoring a 45 on the front and a 44 on the back nine.
North Harrison’s Andrew Dones finished with a 94, while teammate Evan Longacre had a 113.
‘Joseph came close to having a break-out round but didn’t finish strong,’ Schulz said. ‘Shawn played his best round of the year, breaking 90. We need him to keep it up and Chase and Andrew to play consistently.’
Lanesville came away with a ninth-place finish, scoring a 400, 22 strokes behind Southern Athletic Conference rival Henryville.
Harrison Wells had a steady round for the Eagles, carding a 90. After struggling on holes 10 and 11, Wells managed a birdie on the par-5 12th hole.
Keeping his round under the century mark, Daniel Cox shot a 96, posting a 46 on the front nine.
Also carding scores for the Eagles were Dalton Voyles (101), Jordan Shepherd (113) and Cody Petty (125).
All three Harrison County schools are gearing toward conference tournaments which will take place Saturday, May 18. The Mid-Southern Conference will take place at Wooded View, while the Southern Athletic Conference converges on Champions Pointe.
Team results ‘ 1. Floyd Central 301, 2. Corydon Central 310, 3. North Harrison 353, 4. New Albany 356, 5. Providence 357, 6. Heritage Hills 365, 7. Jeffersonville 370, 8. Henryville 378, 9. Lanesville 400, 10. Forest Park 441. (No team scores for Borden, Clarksville).
Individual results ‘ 1. Ti. Wiseman (CC) 71, 2. D. Shepard (FC) 74, 3. R. Crawford (CC) 74, 4. J. Sparrow (FC) 75, 5. A. Beyer (FC) 76, 6. D. Jenkins (FC) 76, 7. P. Vanwinkle (HH) 77, 8. N. Cappola (Clk) 78, 9. C. Welch (FC) 78.