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Corydon rolls by Pack, ready for full 18

Corydon rolls by Pack, ready for full 18
Corydon rolls by Pack, ready for full 18
Corydon Central golfer Ryan Crawford aims for the green on No. 8. He reached the par-5 in two, eventually putting in a birdie Monday versus Crawford County. Photos by Brian Smith

The Corydon Central boys’ golf team is looking forward to playing a full 18, without weather delays, in a competitive environment.
On Saturday, the Panthers, ranked No. 13 in the state, got a first-hand look at the new site of the state finals. Playing in the Spring Preview at Prairie View Golf Club in Carmel, the event drew the top players from throughout the state in an invitation-only event.
Weather delayed the start on Saturday, and then, after players were nearing the final stretch of holes, rain washed out the finish.
‘It was great to play the course state will be at,’ Corydon Central senior Ryan Crawford said. ‘That was my first time to play there, and a few of my teammates’ first time, too. It was great to get a feel of the course.’
Following the leader board Saturday, Panthers’ coach Kevin Nash said the team fluctuated in the middle of the pack throughout the day.
‘They know they didn’t play as well as they wanted in that field,’ Nash said. ‘Everybody there was good. We counted; it was 24 of the top 25 individuals and many top teams. Ryan didn’t know this, but he was leading at one point. Timothy was playing well late and had a few good holes left to score. They all learned something there.’
While the teams wasn’t able to complete Saturday, the weather didn’t dampen the spirits of concluding nine holes on Monday at Old Capital Golf Club in Corydon. Hosting Crawford County in a dual match, the Panthers easily defeated the Wolfpack, 145-198. Both finished play after a downpour forced umbrellas to come out for brief period of time.
The Corydon Central team score was 1-over par, playing the par-36 front nine.
Timothy Wiseman had an impressive outing. He attacked the par fives on the course, putting in a eagle on No. 6 then a birdie on No. 8. The end result was medalist honors, shooting a 4-under par 32.
Crawford, playing alongside Wiseman, had an even par round of 36. Teammate Mitchell Frederick also shot a 36.
‘I hit a lot of good shots today, but I couldn’t score,’ Crawford said. ‘It’s not that birdie putts didn’t fall, but I didn’t give myself a lot of closer putts to score low. For as well as I am striking the ball, I hope to go lower.’
Rounding out the scoring for Corydon Central was Steven Coleman’s round of 41. Other participants were Jacob Crawhorn and Ben Johnson with a pair of 50s.
Usual No. 5 player Quinton Coffman missed the match due to attending his brother’s graduation.
‘Today, we saw some of them struggle at the start,’ Nash said. ‘After the first hole, we were plus-4 as a team. For them to battle back to plus-1 shows how they can respond. Steven didn’t start well but played his last five holes one over. Timothy bogeyed the first then played the next eight five under. They all have confidence to go score.’
‘I’m very confident in my play right now,’ Crawford said. ‘Everybody on the team seems to be playing well. We haven’t had many rounds lower than 145, so everyone played great today.’
Tyson Sloan was Crawford County’s lowest scorer on Monday, shooting a 44. Dayton Pinter carded a 49, while Jacob Sherron had a 51.
Nash and his team are ready for a full 18-hole event. The Fuzzy Zoeller Invitational was rescheduled after being postponed, and the Spring Preview didn’t reach completion. An opportunity will come Saturday at the Mid-Southern Conference meet.
‘I want to see how they do for a full 18 holes, to see how they handle the ups and downs,’ Nash said. ‘Here recently, they have been playing well on our home course. I think they are ready to play different courses and competition.’
The postseason doesn’t begin until the first week of June, but the players are aware of their goals and ambitions.
‘State is our goal,’ Crawford said. ‘Only time will tell, but we’re going to give it a run. We fully expect to get to state and to win state. That’s our goal and what we really want to do.’
Nash said the road to state won’t be a cakewalk. Only three teams advance from a usually talented regional field at Champions Pointe.
‘Getting to state won’t be easy,’ Nash said. ‘Center Grove, the No. 1 team in the state, is in our regional. There are only three spots. There are several other potentially really good teams in our regional.’
Up next for Corydon Central will be a trip to French Lick to play today (Wednesday), then the Panthers will head to Wooded View Golf Course in Clarksville on Saturday for the MSC Meet. The Panthers have won the league title three consecutive times.

Corydon Central 145 (Wiseman 32, Crawford 36, Frederick 36, Coleman 41, Johnson 50, Crawhorn 50); Crawford County 198 (Sloan 44, Day. Pinter 49, Sherron 51, Stevens 54, Dal. Pinter 59, Barrow 59).