Wiseman, 18, runs off with Old Cap
When Timothy Wiseman started to feel a little pressure, he stuck with the flat stick that got him in prime position at the 54th annual Old Capital Invitational on Sunday.
Sinking a quartet of birdie putts on the backside of Sunday’s championship flight round, Wiseman put away all other contenders to capture his first Invitational. On his home course, the 18-year-old was fresh off a stand-out prep career at Corydon Central High School, becoming the youngest winner of the event.
His two-day total for the 36-hole event was a 9-under par 135. Runner-up Joe Byrd was four shots back with a 139.
‘I play here every day and live two minutes away,’ Wiseman said. ‘I’ve seen people win over the years and always wanted to be in this position, especially being in the lead going into Sunday. It’s cool.’
After Saturday’s round, Wiseman had a four-stroke lead after shooting a 7-under 65.
‘It was a blast,’ Wiseman said of Saturday’s round. ‘There wasn’t a putt I saw that I didn’t like. I love those days.’
Wiseman said on Saturday he went in the water on No. 14, carding a double bogey on the par-3. He bounced back to birdie two of the final four holes.
‘It’s a day I’ll never forget,’ said Wiseman, who played on Saturday with his older brother, Tommy, high school teammate Steven Coleman and Brayden Lander. ‘It’s my personal best, shooting 65 out here. I picked a good time to do it.’
The start to Sunday’s round wasn’t the best. Wiseman had a pair of bogeys on the front nine and saw two contenders ‘ Joe Byrd and Ben Luttrell ‘ close the gap. After the first nine holes, Byrd and Luttrell were only one shot back after posting 34s.
Luttrell made a charge on holes 8 and 10, making eagle on each for a four-stroke swing. The eagle on 10, sinking a second shot from across the creek, gave him a brief lead.
‘Standing on the 10th tee, I saw Ryan (Crawford) in the group in front of us get out of his cart to give a guy a high-five, and I heard people cheering,’ Wiseman said. ‘I figured (Luttrell) holed out, and he did. When I got to the green, I saw he went to 6-under and I was down one (stroke). From there, I knew if I wanted to win, I had to bear down and start focusing on birdies. That’s what I did.’
Birds began to fall on the par-fives. Wiseman made consecutive ones on the 11th and 12th holes to regain the spot at the top of the leader board. Luttrell began to fade after three straight holes of over-par golf.
‘Every time I play here, my main goal is to get all the par fives, especially 11 and 12,’ Wiseman said. ‘I got both of those to put me in good position.’
With a steady finish, Byrd was able to make one more birdie on the backside while parring the remainder holes.
Wiseman, assuring the victory, nailed a birdie putt on No. 14 to redeem his score on the hole from Saturday. Another clutch putt followed on the par-3 16th to extend his lead further.
Pars on the final two holes led to an ovation after his round on the 18th green.
At the age of 18 and two months, Wiseman becomes the youngest to win the Old Capital Invitational. Jack Miles, the record holder for most Invitationals won with 12, was 18 and two months when he captured his first in 1968. Brent Miller won in 1994 at 19. Since the tournament began in 1962, Miles is the only player to participate in each event.
‘Age is just a number,’ Wiseman said. ‘I don’t think about it too much, but just go out there and play.’
Byrd settled for second place with a 5-under par 139, while Luttrell was third (141). Rounding out the top five were 2013 champion Aaron Greenwell (142) and Larry Harmon (143). Defending and four-time champion Scott Hupp finished in sixth with a 145.
Wiseman also had to worry about his younger brother Joey, a freshman-to-be at Corydon Central, who made the championship flight with a 73 on Saturday. He closed with a 75, good for 11th place.
‘I wasn’t nervous at first, but I go out and shoot 38 on the front and I hear he shoots 36 so I said, ‘Dang, he’s moving his way up’,’ Timothy said of Joey’s round. ‘I’m so happy for him. It’s good experience for him to be in that position to feel some pressure. I hope he took it as a learning tool to improve in the future. Him shooting a 75 is unbelievable.’
Wiseman is set to attend Ball State University in the fall and be a member of the men’s golf program. There is plenty of golf to be played this summer before heading off to college for the talented player.
‘Next is the state am, an event I qualified for over a week ago,’ he said. ‘I’m focused on that one next. It’ll probably be my biggest event of the summer with a good field. I love Otter Creek and will play the best I can.’
Play in the Indiana Amateur Championship will begin Monday and continue through Thursday, June 25. The event, with a cut after two rounds, will take place at Otter Creek Golf Club near Columbus. The Indiana Amateur is the longest running (first held in 1900) and most prestigious amateur golf event in the state.
Winning the first flight at the Old Capital Invitational was Dwight Seals with rounds of 74 and 73. The runner up was Jared Arledge (147).
Other flight winners were Ross Schulz (149), second flight; Michael Rigot (156), third flight; Bob Glordan (162), fourth flight; Thomas Chapman (171), fifth flight; Craig Waldridge (180), sixth flight.
Upcoming events at Old Capital G.C. include a 9-hole shootout (June 28), holiday 2-person scramble (July 4) and member-guest tournament (July 18 and 19). The annual membership tournament will take place Aug. 22 and 23.
Championship Flight: 1. T. Wiseman 65-70–135, 2. J. Byrd 70-69–139, 3. B. Luttrell 70-71–141, 4. A. Greenwell 73-69–142, 5. L. Harmon 70-73–143, 6. S. Hupp 73-72–145, 7. T. McIntosh 71-75–146, 8. R. Crawford 71-76–147, 9. D. Thomas 73-75–148, 10. K. Melloy 73-75–148, 11. J. Wiseman 73-75–148, 12. G. Hoskins 72-79–151, 13. M. Bruce 73-79–152, 14. N. Davis 69-DQ.
First Flight: 1. D. Seals 147, 2. J. Arledge 147, 3. J. Hamilton 148, 4. P. Denzinger 150, 5. B. Gilroy 150, 6. D. Stricker 151.
Second Flight: 1. R. Schulz 149, 2. J. Schmidt 153, 3. J. Hinton 153, 4. B. Martin 154, 5. T. Henry 155, 6. J. Yackle 156.
Third Flight: 1. M. Rigot 156, 2. C. Pitman 159, 3. S. Coleman 159, 4. S. Smith 161, 5. C. Best 162, 6. M. Wiseman 162.
Fourth Flight: 1. B. Glordan 162, 2. A. Beck 163, 3. K. Mattingly 162/163*, 4. T. Harmon 165, 5. B. Morris 167, 6. B. Pierson 171.
Fifth Flight: 1. T. Chapman 171, 2. M. Breeden 168/173*, 3. T. Baggett 173, 4. D. Mosby 173/175*, 5. R. Lee 172/175*, 6. W. Tucker 181.
Sixth Flight: 1. C. Waldridge 180, 2. C. Bunch 179/182*, 3. T. Collins 182, 4. R. Higdon 186/192*, 5. N. Dunaway 189/194*, 6. G. Carpenter 197.
*Actual score/adjusted score for 10-percent rule