Panthers’ 298 trumped
During the past three years, the three-way race at the top of the boys’ golf Providence Sectional focal point has been between: Corydon Central, Floyd Central and Providence.
Monday’s rendition of the postseason meet at Covered Bridge Golf Club in Sellersburg, featuring 13 teams, saw the same three battling it out side by side. When the rounds wrapped up, the scores turned in were the lowest four-man totals during the previous three sectionals.
Backed by a 3-under par 69 from freshman Jack Lilly, Floyd Central dashed any thoughts No. 16 Corydon Central or Providence had of winning the title by carding a low-team score of 290. The combined 2-over par performance by the Highlanders bested the also impressive efforts of runner-up Providence (295) and third-place finisher Corydon Central (298).
‘It’s a disappointing day, but we get another round of golf,’ Corydon Central coach Kevin Nash said.
The top three teams move on to tomorrow’s (Thursday’s) regional round.
‘(Floyd Central coach) Mike Cason said he had no idea where that came from,’ Nash said. ‘They seem to play OK during the regular season but turn it on in sectional.’
Earning a spot at regional, Corydon Central makes an appearance as a team for the fourth consecutive season.
‘We definitely wanted to win,’ Corydon Central’s Timothy Wiseman said. ‘We only wanted to win, and that didn’t happen. We’re disappointed with that, but we get another chance to redeem ourselves on Thursday.’
Wiseman had an impressive individual effort, shooting a 3-under par 69. He would go on to lose a one-hole playoff to Lilly for medalist honors.
Also punching a ticket to regional was North Harrison’s Chase Spencer. Steady much of the day, the senior will make his second appearance at regional, shooting a 1-over par 73 at sectional.
‘Our goal today for me was 74 or 75 because we figured that would make it out,’ Spencer said. ‘I shot lower than that, so mission accomplished.’
As a team, North Harrison shot its best round of the year, posting a 326 for fourth place. South Central closed in eighth (352).
Corydon Central, grouped with Floyd Central, Providence and New Albany, had two players, Mitchell Frederick and Wiseman, under the par 72 at the Fuzzy Zoeller course. Wiseman notched his 69 by carding four birdies and only one bogey. The bogey came as rain poured on players for a brief time at hole No. 2.
Following his 1-over start, Wiseman went to work. He birdied holes four and seven to make the turn at 1-under par. The roll continued with two additional birds ‘ holes 10 and 14 ‘ on the backside.
‘I’m not mad at my 69, but I know I left a lot of shots out there,’ Wiseman said. ‘I’m pretty happy with my 18-hole round. My confidence is up going into Thursday with this round. That’s my focus.’
Frederick was even keel in the early going, shooting par on each hole through his first eight. Wrapping up the front nine, a tight approach shot on No. 9 allowed the senior to sink a birdie putt to go 1-under.
On the back, Frederick scored a pair of birdies on Nos. 14 and 16 and had two bogeys.
‘Mitch is starting to play well,’ Nash said. ‘He’s gone 68, 71 in his last two 18-hole rounds … Timothy and Mitchell played great.’
Ryan Crawford had a quick start to his round for the Panthers. At one point, he was 2-under par after birdies on holes one and four. A double bogey and bogey set him back to 1-over after nine. Crawford played the back nine 4-over par, finishing with a 77.
Similar to Crawford, Quinton Coffman had a strong front at 3-over. Falling back on the other side, he closed with an 81. Corydon Central’s Steven Coleman was one stroke behind Coffman, shooting an 82.
In the playoff, Wiseman’s tee shot went left, just out of bounds. He had a putt attempt to push on the playoff hole (No. 1) but missed, allowing Lilly to earn medalist honors with a par.
‘I’m not worried about the playoff,’ Wiseman said. ‘Props to the kid that won. I didn’t hit driver during the round (on No. 1), but it’s something I talked to coach Nash about. I felt comfortable with it on the range, and I’d be comfortable with it again if we had to do it all over.’
North Harrison had its best 18-hole score of the season (326), paced by Spencer’s 73.
‘I couldn’t be more proud of the guys for putting together our best round in quite some time,’ North Harrison coach Ross Schulz said. ‘A 326 makes it out of a lot of sectionals around the state; we just happen to play in a really competitive one.’
A birdie on his second hole (No. 11) prompted a great start for Spencer who stayed around par the rest of the way. He also saw birdies fall on Nos. 6 and 15.
‘I didn’t put any high numbers on the board,’ Spencer said. ‘I made some big birdie putts to keep me around even. Driver was great. Really my irons were key because I hit a lot of greens in regulation. I didn’t have any three putts either.’
‘Chase played awesome; he never really got in any trouble at all,’ Schulz said. ‘He’s been solid all year, especially the second half of the season. He’s finishing out a great career in a big way.’
Shawn Bishop, one of four seniors teeing off for the Cougars, shot a 7-over par 79. After his first two holes, Bishop went on a roll of playing the next eight at 1-under par. He had birdies on Nos. 1 and 14 during the span.
‘Shawn battled injuries throughout the early part of the season but hung in there and stayed with it, and he was rewarded a really solid round at sectional,’ Schulz said.
Austin Davis finished his round with an 84, including two birdies. Jack Phelps (90) and Jackson Shaffer (93) had one birdie each. Shaffer is a junior, while the rest are seniors.
‘We lose a great group of seniors and have a lot of work to do in the offseason to stay at remotely the same level we’ve been the last few years,’ Schulz said. ‘I told our returning guys the high school golf season is nothing more than a showcase of how much, or how little, you’ve worked in the offseason.’
South Central was able to enact some revenge from its Southern Athletic Conference performance by placing ahead of rival and league champ Borden. The Rebels combined to shoot 352 during a year that set many school record rounds. Borden (355) was ninth.
Leading the way for the Rebels was junior Henry Hentrup. Eight pars, and a birdie on the par-3 17th, saw Hentrup finish with an 81. Outside of a pair of troublesome holes, South Central’s Brayden Stopinksi shot an 84. He had nine pars and a birdie.
Others scoring for South Central were Parker Gabhart (88), Sutton Day (99) and Alex Goforth (101).
Lanesville’s Jordan Shepherd had the best round for the Eagles, who placed 11th with a 408. The senior played his front nine 7-over par before concluding with an 88. His best hole was a birdie on No. 17.
Also participating for Lanesville were Andrew Kennedy (92), Jordan Wernert (113), Avery Mason (115) and Taylor Patterson (115).
Attention for Corydon Central’s five seniors and North Harrison’s Spencer is the regional round.
‘Our goal from the get-go is to get to state, and we still have a chance to get there,’ Nash said. ‘I’d rather save our best rounds for Thursday than use it today. It’s tough to say that because I know how bad they wanted Corydon to win a sectional.’
After missing regional by one stroke last year, Spencer is excited to go back. He competed as a sophomore.
‘I like the course,’ Spencer said of Champions Pointe. ‘It is tough but nothing that can’t be handled.’
Other regional qualifiers not on an advancing team were New Albany’s Addison Greenwell (75) and Borden’s Kamden Hurst (77).
The Providence Regional will be played at Champions Pointe starting at 8 a.m. The top three teams plus the top five low individuals not on an advancing team move on to the state final. The state final, a 36-hole event at Prairie View Golf Club in Carmel, will take place Tuesday and next Wednesday.
Tee times for tomorrow’s regional round have Corydon Central taking flight at 9:40 a.m. on hole No. 10 at the Henryville golf course, starting with the No. 5 golfer. North Harrison’s Chase Spencer, playing as an individual, will tee off from hole No. 1 starting at 8:20 a.m.
The 18-team field features four ranked squads: No. 1 Center Grove, No. 9 Bloomington South, No. 16 Corydon Central and No. 17 Perry Meridian.
Team scores: 1. Floyd Central 290, 2. Providence 295, 3. Corydon Central 298, 4. North Harrison 326, 5. New Albany 329, 6. Silver Creek 335, 7. Jeffersonville 339, 8. South Central 352, 9. Borden 355, 10. Crawford County 382, 11. Lanesville 408, 12. Christian Academy of Indiana 445, 13. Eastern (Pekin) 446.
Individual scores: 1. Jack Lilly (FC) 69*, 2. Timothy Wiseman (Corydon) 69, 3. Kevin Crone (P) 70, 4. Mitchell Frederick (Corydon) 71, 5. Clayton Crum (FC) 73.
Individuals advancing without a team: 1. Chase Spencer (NH) 73, 2. Addison Greenwell (NA) 75, 3. Kamden Hurst (B) 77. Alternates: Sam Garr (Silver Creek) 78, Shawn Bishop (NH) 79.