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Cougars’ fifth man helps nip Wolfpack

Cougars’ fifth man helps nip Wolfpack
Cougars’ fifth man helps nip Wolfpack
Joseph Hinton watches his putt roll toward the cup during the Cougars' four-way match against Crawford County, Perry Central and West Washington at Lucas Oil Golf Course. Photo by Wade Bell

The North Harrison Cougars golf team had to go to its fifth man last Monday afternoon to edge host Crawford County after the two teams tied 172-all at Lucas Oil Golf Course in English. The difference came with Crawford County senior Cameron Sillings falling three shots behind both Wesley Haub and Evan Longacre, who finished with 50s for the Cougars. Perry Central finished third in the four-way match, with West Washington fourth.
‘Too close,’ North Harrison coach Ross Schulz said. ‘Our top three scores were good, then we had to take a 50, because both our four and five guys were 50. When we get that one down, we’ll be in a lot better shape.’
‘The wind conditions were a little bit worse today than they were Saturday (at the Early Bird Invitational),’ Crawford County coach Brian Ruble said. ‘I thought the conditions were better Saturday than they were today, but we’re shooting better scores. … For this early, I’m not displeased. They’re disappointed a little bit about what they shot on Saturday, but they were hoping to bounce back today and card a few better scores.’
Birdies came few and far between during the match, with just four for the day. Perry Central’s Andrew Huber had the first one, shooting a deuce on the par-3 fifth hole, and Crawford County’s Jacob Sherron shot a 4 on the par-5 first hole. North Harrison’s Chase Spencer knocked in a three on hole No. 5, and teammate Joseph Hinton had a three on the par-4 eighth hole. Hinton finished with the low round for the day, hitting a 39. Despite medaling for the match, Hinton was not completely happy with his round.
‘It was mental,’ said Hinton, who just signed to play golf and basketball with Oakland City University. ‘Between my left ear and my right ear was my biggest problem today. I just let everything get to me, and, then, finally, when I got my butt into shape, I started scoring a little better.’
‘(Joseph) gets on the greens and three-putts, and it’s going to be in his head for the rest of the round,’ Schulz said. ‘He’s got to quit doing that and just worry about the next shot.’
Spencer finished with a round of 40 for the day but had the biggest swings with big drives more than 300 yards on two occasions and a third of 290 yards. Spencer credited some of that to the weight-room program led by North Harrison football coach Mark Williamson.
‘Me and Joseph Hinton both hit the weight room a lot this year actually,’ Spencer said. ‘That’s why I hit the ball as long as I do today. Our weight-lifting program, I have the class. We basically focus on bench, squat and leg lift. All of it contributes to arm speed, swing speed. Once you get the speed down, you just have to work on hitting the sweet spot. You basically have to get your club face straight.’
‘Five or six of our guys are in there, and you can just see the difference,’ Schulz said. ‘They hit it farther, and they just look stronger. Even without golf, it’s good for their health, obviously. It’s a great program.’
Crawford County sophomore Jacob Sherron also had a score of 40 for the day to lead the Wolfpack. He had one bad hole, shooting a seven on the par-4 fourth hole but bounced back to finish the next five holes with fours. Sherron said the key was not letting anything get to him mentally.
Nic Pierrard led the Perry Central squad with a 43 for the day, and teammate Andrew Huber shot a 44. Logan Guthrie led West Washington with a round of 55 for the nine holes.
Lucas Oil, which is Crawford County’s home course, sustained heavy damage last month on the front nine during the flooding of Little Blue River, which runs through the course, with the heaviest damage done on the ninth hole.
Spencer said the recovery process of the course made putting difficult.
Schulz said county-rival Corydon Central is expected to handily run the table in the Mid-Southern Conference with his Cougars battling for the second spot in the standings.
‘They’re probably one of the better teams in the state,’ Schulz said of the Panthers. ‘I’d like to try to compete for second in the conference and try to get up there to beat Scottsburg. They beat us at Wooded View a couple of weeks ago. At sectional, we’ve got an outside shot at that third spot if we can get to where we can compete with Providence. They beat us by 16 the one time we’ve seen them. That’s doable. We’re 21-9 now, so that’s not a bad start.’

North Harrison 172 (Joseph Hinton 39, Chase Spencer 40, Shawn Bishop 43, Wesley Haub 50, Brian Longacre 50); Crawford County 172 (Jacob Sherron 40, Ty Stevens 42, Tyson Sloan 44, Chris Cook 46, Cameron Sillings 53); Perry Central 185 (Nic Pierrard 43, Andrew Huber 44, Coby Aders 47, Eric Schepers 51); West Washington 224 (Logan Guthrie 55, Peyton Walker 56, Noah Green 56, Clint Smith 57).