Corydon far and away MSC’s best
Once each member of the Corydon Central golf team approached the clubhouse Saturday, they had a good feeling about running away with the Mid-Southern Conference title.
They were correct.
Four of five Panthers golfers came in with scores under 80, with the fifth, Steven Coleman on the cusp of the mark with an 83. Corydon Central closed with a team score of 306, well ahead of Scottsburg (326) and Brownstown Central (327) at Wooded View Golf Course in Clarksville.
‘We had four make all-conference and the fifth make honorable mention; that’s something to be proud of,’ Corydon Central coach Kevin Nash said.
Corydon Central’s Timothy Wiseman was the overall medalist with a 3-over par 74. Despite having the top overall score, Wiseman admitted to not having his best round.
‘I hit the ball pretty poorly today, but what I was most proud of was staying focused and chugged along,’ he said. ‘I doubled the par-3 eighth then birdied the next hole. I was pleased to just keep going.’
Giving chase to Wiseman was his teammate Mitchell Frederick. He finished one shot back of Wiseman with a 75, one of his best rounds.
‘It’s my best 18-hole score of my high school career,’ Frederick said. ‘I had a couple bad shots, but Mr. Nash has worked with me on my putting a lot lately and it’s really paid off. I didn’t have a three putt today.’
Joining Wiseman and Frederick on the All-Conference team were Ryan Crawford and Tommy Wiseman. Crawford bounced back from one rough hole to score a 78 to earn fourth place. Meanwhile, Tommy turned in a 79 to secure fifth place. Adding to the low scores, Coleman had a round of 83 for 10th place.
‘Mitchell will say he hit the ball really well and Tommy played really well,’ Nash said. ‘Ryan had his moments, but, after a bad hole on the front side, he finished really well. He held it together. Steven Coleman has come a long way this year. He’s starting to realize what it means to manage the course.’
Focusing on course management has been a recent focus for the Panthers.
‘It’s OK to make a bogey,’ Nash said. ‘You have to keep the big numbers out and, for the most part, they all did.’
‘Coach talked to us about managing our game, to think about how to play the course, where to miss it, where not to miss it,’ Timothy Wiseman said. ‘I focused on that today, which is when I didn’t hit it well, I missed in good spots. It helped with up and downs to avoid big numbers.’
Corydon Central has developed as a team that is cheering for one another to keep scores low.
‘They root for each other,’ Nash said. ‘I don’t know too many teams where guys come out like Spencer Sillings and Quinton Coffman to root on their teammates even though they aren’t playing. They come out to support the guys.’
The determination to get better continues to drive the Panthers golfers.
‘It’s a great round for everybody,’ Frederick said. ‘We hope when we get to sectional and regional, the score keeps going lower for us.’
‘We’re still improving and want to get them ready for sectional,’ Nash added.
North Harrison landed a pair of golfers ‘ Chase Spencer and Joseph Hinton ‘ on the MSC All-Conference team.
Spencer and Hinton tied for 10th overall, carding 10-over par 81s.
‘Our goal was to have four scores below 90, and we came really close to doing that,’ North Harrison coach Ross Schulz said. ‘We put two guys on the All-Conference team and had a solid team score, so I was pleased.’
Keeping to the coach’s desire, Andrew Dones and Austin Davis came to the clubhouse with scores of 90. Shawn Bishop fired a 101.
As a team, the Cougars placed fourth with a 342.
‘There’s room for improvement, but to go from a 371 to 342 in one week (371 at Southern Indiana Open on May 8) is a step in the right direction,’ Schulz said.
With conference in the books, Corydon Central and North Harrison gear toward the postseason. The Providence Sectional will take place June 3 (8 a.m.) at Covered Bridge.
Team scores ‘ 1. Corydon Central 306, 2. Scottsburg 326, 3. Brownstown Central 327, 4. North Harrison 342, 5. Silver Creek 348, 6. Eastern (Pekin) 416, 7. Charlestown 417, 8. Salem 418, 9. Clarksville 419, 10. Austin 496.
Individual results (Top 10 All-Conference, 11-15 honorable mention) ‘ 1. Ti. Wiseman (CC) 74, 2. M. Frederick (CC) 75, 3. N. Cappola (Clark) 77, 4. R. Crawford (CC) 78, 5t. To. Wiseman (CC) 79, 5t. C. Brirch (Sco) 79, 5t. M. Petty (BC) 79, 8t. N. Stahl (BC) 80, 8t. S. Garr (SiCr) 80, 10t. J. Hinton (NH) 81, 10t. C. Spencer (NH) 81, 10t. C. Hollan (Sco) 81, 10t. L. Hackman (BC) 81, 14. C. Robinson (Sco) 82, 15. S. Coleman (CC) 83.