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Frederick state bound with 73

It was sweltering hot.
As the sun was beaming down on golfers twisting through the openness of Champions Pointe Golf Club in Henryville, the Corydon Central golf team raised the level of its game as the temperatures rose.
After a rugged first nine holes Thursday at the Providence Regional, the Panthers stormed back on the next nine to give themselves a crack at the team leader board. The top four Panthers’ golfers played the back nine a combined even par, but struggles on the other side put Corydon Central too far back.
Carding a team score of 309, Corydon Central finished sixth, missing a state bid as a team by five shots. Top-ranked Center Grove was the winner with a 290.
Although the team won’t make a run at state, Corydon Central senior Mitchell Frederick will make his second appearance as an individual. Frederick posted a 1-over par 73, earning one of five spots for individuals advancing without a team.
‘I told them before we teed off to play their best and see where the chips fall,’ Corydon Central coach Kevin Nash said. ‘Two years in a row it hasn’t gone our way. There is an upside that Mitchell gets to make his second appearance at state, but not making it as a team really stings.’
Fellow Panthers Ryan Crawford and Timothy Wiseman came up one stroke short of earning individual bids. They each carded 3-over par 75s in the highly competitive regional field. North Harrison’s Chase Spencer, making his second regional appearance, shot an 80.
Frederick’s irons were glued to the green during his round. Time after time he had birdie chances of various lengths. On his first nine holes (Corydon Central started on No. 10), Frederick navigated the challenges of the Fuzzy Zoeller course.
He had eight straight pars to start, followed by a bogey on No. 18, a tough par-4.
‘It felt good getting out of the back nine holes with a 37,’ Frederick said. ‘I don’t know how many times I’ve played here and bogeyed 17 and 18. I was proud to get a par on 17.’
Frederick gained a stroke back to return to even after hitting the pin with his third shot on the par-5 third hole, resulting in a birdie putt.
Sitting at 1-over par, Frederick had his second shot on No. 7 find the water. Getting up and down for bogey, thanks to a long putt that fell, Frederick carried the momentum forward. Sticking a second shot a foot from the pin on No. 8, a short birdie putt prompted the 1-over par final score.
‘Hitting the pin on three and the bogey save on seven,’ Frederick said were key moments in his round. ‘On seven, I hit that 12- to 15-foot bogey putt, then I stuck the shot on eight about a foot away. I knew I was right there. My goal today was 73 or lower.’
The object of his regional round was simple.
‘My game plan was hitting greens,’ Frederick said. ‘Even if I have 30-foot birdie putts every time, I’ll take 18 pars. If one falls, one falls. Nash told us to think that way and play it safe. We want double bogey out of the question.’
Crawford’s start to the day was similar to Frederick’s. After five straight pars, an out-of-bounds tee shot on 15 left him closing with a double bogey. Erasing the hole from his mind quickly, Crawford put down a four on the par-five 16th.
Sitting at 1-over par, the 18th hole gave Crawford fits. Three shots in the water saw him walk away with a nine.
Again, that hole didn’t matter as he roared back on the next nine holes. Crawford had a tournament best 3-under 33 on holes one through nine to get back to 3-over par and a final score of 75.
‘I’ve always been a back-nine player,’ Crawford said. ‘I’m not sure why, but throughout my high school career, if I ever struggle on the front nine, I take a deep breath and start over.’
He had back-to-back birdies on Nos. 2 and 3. Making it three birdies in five holes, Crawford utilized a strong second shot on the par-5 sixth to card a birdie.
‘I knew there was a good chance I could have a good round on the back,’ Crawford said. ‘I kept my game under control and played solid golf. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough for the team or myself. That’s golf. I didn’t have my best 18-hole round, but I will have plenty of more good rounds.’
‘That’s his mentality,’ Nash said of Crawford. ‘He can put anything behind him. To shoot a 33 after what happened on 18 tells you the fight and mentality he has.’
Wiseman had one birdie through his first nine holes, making a five-foot put on No. 12. Making the turn at 3-over par after three bogeys, Wiseman started the next nine quickly. Getting approach shots tight on holes one and three, Wiseman made short birdies to get back to 1-over.
Three bogeys and a birdie followed on the next six holes. The senior made a long putt on 18 to play the back nine at even par, totaling a 75.
‘He didn’t have a great day, but there is a lot of good things to come,’ Nash said of Wiseman. ‘(Wiseman) said after his round, ‘My career is just starting.’ That’s a great outlook to have.’
Wiseman placed tied for fifth at state last season alongside Frederick. Nash said Wiseman’s season was one of the best in program history.
‘He was 9-under par for the year,’ Nash said. ‘To do that your senior year is amazing. He’s had a great career.’
Quinton Coffman came in No. 4 for the Panthers. He followed the line of his teammates in regard to his round. His first nine was a 47 followed by a 39. He had a birdie on No. 1 to get his final nine rolling.
With the second-half surge, Nash said his outlook in the team standings changed.
‘After nine holes, I thought we were down and out and looking for some individuals to get out,’ Nash said. ‘Then, all of a sudden Ryan catches fire; Timothy birdies two of the first four holes and Mitchell birdies one. Then I hear Quinton is playing well. We just needed a couple more. Two years in a row we were so close.’
Bloomington South (298) and Floyd Central (306) earned the final two advancing team spots. The medalist was Bloomington South’s Joe Weiler with a 2-under par 72. Only three golfers went under par.
Corydon Central’s fifth man, Steven Coleman struggled, carding four pars for a 95.
Spencer, representing North Harrison as an individual, shot an 8-over par 80. The score was nine strokes better than his last appearance as a sophomore.
Starting on the front nine, Spencer was 2-over par after seven holes. He ran into a pair of double bogeys on his final two front-nine holes.
‘It was a pretty solid round; he missed a couple putts he usually makes and got in a tough spot on No. 8 off the tee, but outside of a swing or two, he played well enough to be in the mix for a state bid with a bounce his way here or there,’ North Harrison coach Ross Schulz said.
On his final nine of his high school career, Spencer carded seven pars.
For Corydon Central, four of the five senior golfers are set to move on to the next level. While Frederick has the state final remaining, he will play at the University of Southern Indiana next season. Wiseman is bound for Ball State University, Crawford to Indiana University’Purdue University Indianapolis and Coleman to Oakland City University.
‘They’ve matured and become better than they were,’ Nash said. ‘This group of guys, I’m very privileged to have coached them the past three years. They are a great group of guys and very good golfers. They’ve worked their tails off.’
Frederick returns to state, although a new course in Prairie View Golf Club in Carmel, seeking to better his fifth-place finish from a year ago.
‘I like how the course sets up,’ Frederick said. ‘The greens roll well. They have some longer holes, which I think goes to my advantage. It sets up well for me.’
‘After 27 holes last year, Mitchell was tied for the lead, then finished fifth,’ Nash said. ‘We’re looking to improve on that. We want to stay in the hunt after the first day.’
Team scores (Top 3 advance): 1. Center Grove 290, 2. Bloomington South 298, 3. Floyd Central 306, 4. Franklin Community 308, 5. Perry Meridian 309, 6. Corydon Central 309, 7. Columbus North 311, 8. Providence 314, 9. Heritage Hills 318, 10. Columbus East 319, 11. Jasper 323, 12. Bedford North Lawrence 334, 13. Madison 337, 14. Scottsburg 347, 15. Bloomington North 348, 16. Greensburg 353, 17. Jennings County 364, 18. Springs Valley 367.
Individual scores: 1. Joe Weiler (Bloom. South) 70, 2t. Noah Gillard (Center Grove) 71, 2t. Zack Carrabine (Center Grove) 71, 4t. Corey Teaford (Heritage Hills) 72, 4t. Reid Lorey (Jasper) 72.
Individuals advancing without a team score: 1t. Reid Lorey (Jasper) 72, 1t. Corey Teaford (Heritage Hills) 72, 3t. Mitchell Frederick (Corydon) 73, 3t. Jake Hash (Franklin Community) 73, 5. Spencer Fairbanks (Columbus North) 74.