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Panthers dominate, sweep individuals

Panthers dominate, sweep individuals
Panthers dominate, sweep individuals
Corydon Central's Mitchell Frederick hits an approach shot late in his round Saturday during the Mid-Southern Conference meet at Wooded View Golf Course. The junior went on to win the event, carding a 3-under par 68. Photos by Brian Smith

Mitchell Frederick was in no rush to get to Corydon Central’s senior prom.
He admitted after capturing his third medalist honors at an 18-hole tournament, he’d smile at prom, thinking about his round at the Mid-Southern Conference Meet.
Saturday, Frederick had a great start and an even better finish to his round, a 3-under par 68 to snag the honors at Wooded View Golf Course in Clarksville. Wrapping up his round on No. 17, a rather short par-4, Frederick holed out for an eagle.
‘I was 90 yards out, and it apparently took a couple of bounces and went in,’ Frederick said. ‘I didn’t see it going in, but by (the gallery’s) reaction, I figured it went in.’
The celebration at the green was not only for Frederick’s shot, but for an impressive team score. Expected to be the favorite as the 10th ranked team in the state, the Panthers not only shot 288 as a team, but grabbed the top five spots on the leader board.
Following Frederick’s 68 was Timothy Wiseman (71), Ryan Crawford (73), Tommy Wiseman (76) and Steven Coleman (76).
‘It’s a great day for all of us,’ Frederick said. ‘That 288 is definitely the lowest we’ve put up as a team. It keeps the confidence going toward sectional and regional. We have a lot of confidence right now.’
A distant second in the team race were Scottsburg and Brownstown Central, each shooting 321. The Warriors took second via the fifth-man score.
‘It was a great day, and we’ve been practicing well,’ Corydon Central coach Kevin Nash said. ‘Hopefully, everyone stays hot. When you have the top five scores, that’s pretty strong.’
North Harrison posted its best 18-hole score of the season, shooting 338. They were paced by Joseph Hinton’s 78, good for seventh place.
‘I can’t complain about the day as a whole,’ Hinton said. ‘To finish with a 78, top 10 in the conference, I couldn’t be happier. I hit my driver pretty well and didn’t have a three-putt all day.’
Although it was a rather cold morning for a mid-May tournament, the Panthers golfers kept their clubs hot for much of the sunny day.
It was the third consecutive year Corydon Central has captured the conference, but this was the first shooting under 300. The last two renditions of the event saw Timothy Wiseman earn medalist honors. This time he finished second to Frederick.
Most impressive when looking at Frederick’s score card was how he played the back nine, going 5-under par, shooting a 31. He was 2-over on the front-side.
‘It was a good start with a birdie and finish with an eagle,’ Frederick said. ‘Not a bad day. Only a double (bogey) in between.’
Nash said Frederick, who has also won tournaments at Jasper and Corydon Central’s home Invitational, is beaming with confidence.
‘All of them have the confidence,’ Nash said. ‘That’s the big difference; this year, they are seeing the ball go in the hole. When you are in the zone, like Mitchell is, and I’ve been there, you don’t think you’ll hit a bad shot. There is no fear.’
Other than Frederick, some of the Corydon Central golfers got off to a slow day but quickly the tide changed. Nearing the mid-way point of the round, Nash got word that Crawford was 2-under, Mitchell was 1-under and the Wiseman brothers were around even.
There were a few bumps in the road. Frederick had to bounce back from a double on a par-3. Crawford had a triple bogey after a few troublesome tee shots. He would put that hole behind him and birdie the next.
‘Ryan has been struggling a little with the other guys picking him up,’ Nash said. ‘He and I had a conversation the day before, and it was a good meeting. I think it carried over to his play. He brought it back quick, and it’s good for him to get back down where he needs to be.’
Nash said Timothy had plenty of birdie opportunities, but had trouble getting some of the putts to fall. His round was still steady, sinking plenty of pars to finish even.
An improvement by the Panthers has been making more birdies rather than settling for pars.
‘I think the difference between this team from last year is we were a team that would make a lot of pars, throw in a few bogeys and shoot 75,’ Nash said. ‘This year we are making more birdies. We’ve made a ton this year.’
Birdies helped Coleman finish well down the stretch. At one point, he was 8-over par, but birds on the final two holes brought his final score to 76.
Hinton was the leader on the course for the Cougars in their final 18-hole event before sectional on June 9.
‘Joseph had a solid round like he has all year,’ North Harrison coach Ross Schulz said. ‘He’s had one 9-hole round out of the 30s, and that was a 40. Two of his three tournament scores have been in the 70s. But I’m still waiting for him to put it all together in one round. Hopefully, it comes in June.’
North Harrison’s Chase Spencer earned All-MSC Honorable Mention, shooting an 11-over par 82.
Also scoring for North Harrison were Shawn Bishop (87), Austin Davis (91) and Evan Longacre (96).
‘Shawn played well after struggling the last couple of weeks,’ Schulz said. ‘Austin and Chase need to improve their scores by about five strokes, and Evan reached his goal of breaking 100 … Overall, it was a positive day.’

Team scores: 1. Corydon Central 288, 2. Scottsburg 321, 3. Brownstown Central 321, 4. North Harrison 338, 5. Silver Creek 356, 6. Salem 391, 7. Austin 443, 8. Clarksville 460, 9. Eastern (Pekin) 475, 10. Charlestown (no team score).
Individual scores: 1. Mitchell Frederick (CC) 68, 2. Timothy Wiseman (CC) 71, 3. Ryan Crawford (CC) 73, 4t. Tommy Wiseman (CC) 76, 4t. Steven Coleman (CC) 76, 4t. Levi Sweeney (BC) 76, 7. Joseph Hinton (NH) 78, 8t. Charlie Robinson (Sco) 79, 8t. Mitchell Perry (BC) 79, 10. Lance Hackman (BC) 80.